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Come Back Falls Short as Gee-Gees Fall to Rams by Three

Friday November 28, 2014

Break downs on the offensive and defensive end cost the uOttawa Gee-Gees in the end as the CIS no. 8 Ryerson Rams held on to top the Gee-Gees 58-55 on Friday night. “I give Ryerson full credit for the win but that was not our best performance tonight,” said head coach Andy Sparks after the game. “We got out of any real kind of flow on the offensive end. We made a couple of shots to keep it close, but realistically we need some players to step up for us to be successful.” Ryerson was led on the offensive end by Nicole DiDomenico from the guard spot and Sofia Paska inside. DiDomenico counted 11 points while Paska picked up ten along with nine rebounds. Danielle Marion was the more efficient Gee-Gee on the night, scoring 14 points on 7-9 shooting. It was a tentative start for both teams, but uOttawa overcame it to take the first sustained lead. The teams combined to miss their first 12 shots and the first bucket was scored three minutes in. Ryerson missed 21 shots in the opening quarter and made only four. The shooting didn’t improve much in the second quarter as the teams combined for 49 missed shots at halftime. Katherine Lemoine saw just four minutes in her first action for Ottawa since the first weekend of the season. As the Gee-Gees tried to re-esablish an inside game, it saw limited success with just 16 points. After shaking off a 21 per cent first half of shooting, the Rams grabbed their first lead four minutes into the third quarter. The Gee-Gees then took back that back a few minutes later but only to give it back as the Rams kept rolling into the fourth quarter and stretched the lead to 10, their largest to that point. The Rams started to have success inside against the smaller Gee-Gee defenders who missed a lot of opportunities to change possession off Ryerson missed shots. Rebounding proved to be a real issue. The Gee-Gees finished with two more than Ryerson but couldn’t get the boards when they really needed them. But uOttawa battled back and got within one on a hook shot from Kellie Ring. A few moments later, she’d tie it up at 53 with 30 seconds left. The Rams came back down on back-to-back possessions to go up three and left the Gee-Gees with an opportunity to tie in the last second. But they couldn’t set up a shot from beyond the arc. “Our experienced players are the ones who are really struggling right now, so we’re expecting a little bit more from them and hopefully they’ll give us more cause we need it,” added Sparks. “We’re still getting caught with reaches in the front court, a lot of that’s just common sense stuff. I guess we’ll continue back the the drawing board. It was both ends of the floor that cost us today but you win it on the defensive end.” With that, the Gee-Gees fall to 4-3 while the Rams improve to 6-1. uOttawa has one more contest before the winter break. They’ll host the University of Toronto Varsity Blues Saturday night at 6 pm.Box Score Box Score 1 2 3 4 F uOttawa 11 12 12 20 55 Ryerson 8 12 20 18 58