[Lindsay Walsh] – You have the capability. You have the skill. There is something about this team that is different and the question I want you to consider before that tip-off on Thursday night is do you believe? [Broadcast announcer] – Good evening, ladies and gentlemen, welcome inside the Mattamy Athletic Centre. Starting with the Laval Rouge et Or who almost went perfect in the regular season 15-0. [Broadcast announcer] – Yeah, the regular season for Laval was nothing short of dominant in the RSEQ. First in just about every statistical category. [Carly Clarke] – Okay, how we feeling? Great, great. Put pressure on them for 40 minutes. All-out sprinting up the floor. Pass ahead when we can but I really, really believe in our transition offense to make them uncomfortable. What a special, special, special experience tonight, right? I walked in the lobby, there’s 200 people lined up waiting for their shirt. We’ve talked about it all season but really all week in that we are playing for an incredible university and community tonight. We’re playing for each other. So let’s do that with aggression, excitement, energy, passion, heart and compete for 40 minutes. All right, let’s go! [Broadcast announcer Nick] – What an atmosphere it is here Hania. Sofia Paska wins the tip and we are off and running. Jama. The lay-up, gets it to fall. [Broadcast announcer Hania] – The Ryerson Rams so far Nick have been very calm, very steady. Maybe a little bit of nerves here Nick to start off for the Laval Rouge et Or. [Emma Fraser] – We were told that this is what we were working for. We’re working for a national championship, we were going to be done on March 10th. In a span of two hours that all came crashing down. [Carly Clarke] – Okay, we’re good. We got to settle in and we got to stay engaged for a full defensive possessions. All right, we gotta continue to talk right? We’re relaxing off the ball. They just stay with their stuff, all right. [Broadcast announcer] – You see that tenacious defensive pressure that they bring and that is why they are the best ranked defensive team in the country. [Broadcast announcer 2] – Laval really settled in the game nicely. They got their looks offensively they move the ball well, they penetrated inside and really they got whatever shot they wanted. The best defense in the nation statistically. [Broadcast announcer Hania] – And that’s what I mean, it’s their threes. It’s there threes that killed Ryerson team. [Broadcast announcer Nick] – Rouge et Or are starting to pull away with this one, up 15. Hopefully the Rams could clean it up though. They had a couple loose balls that could have gone either way. Nice pump fake there, right to Bronwyn Williams and the finish. Lavallee having a hard time guarding her. And they collect again. Here is Edmond, gets it to go. Claudia Edmond. Lavallee a is going to make a beautiful move and gets it to go. And that’ll do it for the first half here. Rouge et Or up 32 to 19. [Carly Clarke] – I think when we’ve run into a little bit of contact sometimes defensively we’re starting to take the easy route. Okay, let’s muscle back and take the hard route, right? Get in a good position. It’s not gonna happen in one play. Continue to trust the process and I think the biggest thing there’s been moments of fatigue hitting us and we just had little lulls. We got to make sure that we work our tails off as all fifteen of us together. You know, I certainly believe we could have won the tournament. Laval is absolutely a great team and deserving of making the final but we knew we deserved to be in consideration for that too and unfortunately the way things played out leading up, we were the 8th seed and had to play one of the best teams on the first day and we got probably their best game of the weekend so really disappointed to not to have a chance to be on the winners side. How would I describe with 2018-19 team? I would say we were fairly resilient. You know, there’s lots of games that we got down or you know games that we lost that we were disappointed in we were able to bounce back. I would say connected, that I think they they will be friends for life after that experience and we will all be connected after the season we had last year not just in hosting but in the relationships that we built and the togetherness that we had. [Leyki Sorra] – I can strongly say that they are all my best friends, my closest friends. We all have each other’s backs like you wouldn’t believe and I’m so grateful for every single one of them and for what they bring on the court and off the court because they are all such amazing people. [Stefanija Mrvaljevic] – It’s a group that like even though you know, we’re all not together anymore we’re still close. We still keep in touch and I think that’ll last longer than any basketball game or season. [Carly Clarke] – They brought great leadership tonight and composure some compete they didn’t quit and you know, those are the characteristics that we build our culture around. [Carly Clarke] – We’re incredibly excited one about the work that our returning players have put in. A bunch of players have come back better and ready to go And are really feeding off the experience I think of last season and ready to step up into some bigger roles. This season is about being new and fresh. [Taite Cleland] – My name is Taite Cleland and I’m a first year and I’m a shooting guard. The girls have been great. We’ve all like gotten along really well so I was a bit nervous like coming in being younger than everyone but they’ve done a really good job of like welcoming and accepting all of us. [Carly Clarke] – We’ve got some new leadership. We’ve got different players stepping up in different roles. So I think we’re soaking up some of that change and some of the the fresh feel that’s coming with this season and you know we’ll want to take the experience that we’ve gained the last year or two and and take that forward to have another great year.