Coming into the 2016 U SPORTS women’s basketball title game, there was plenty of history on the line.
On one side, you had Ryerson University.
Winners of 14 straight, the Rams had tied a program-best with 16 conference victories, earned their first-ever OUA Championship title, en route to becoming the first Ryerson team, in any sport, to appear in a national championship final.
On the other end was a perennial powerhouse, the University of Saskatchewan (USask).
The Huskies had just put together one of their most dominant seasons ever. They reeled off 16 straight wins to start the campaign, spent eight weeks in a row ranked No. 1 in the country, all before reaching their second national title game in program history, having lost just three contests all season.
With a first-ever Bronze Baby trophy on the line for both schools, the matchup was not only one of the biggest for either team, but also for its head coaches: Ryerson’s Carly Clarke and USask’s Lisa Thomaidis.