Rider Hall of Fame BIO
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  •  Sport: Basketball 
  •  Date Inducted: October 1992

Mary Ellen Baynes Tutzauer, a 5-foot, 4-inch point guard from Toms River, finished her Rider career in 1984 with 632 assists, still a Rider record, and 1,188 points, placing her eighth highest ever at Rider. For three consecutive seasons, Baynes was selected to play the NJ Collegiate All-Star Game. Baynes was a star in high school, earning the Asbury Park Press "Female Player of the Year" Award scoring more than 20 points per game and was among the teams leading rebounders. As a freshman at Rider, she started every game and compiled a record 132 assists and scored in double figures. During her second season, she nearly doubled her assist record (262) and averaged 12.5 points a game. Behind her leadership, Rider won a string of 21 of 22 games and set a school mark for victories with a record of 26-7, giving Rider an AIAW berth. In its first post season tournament, Rider won two games, before losing to Hostra University in the Eastern AIAW Finals. Baynes and company propelled woman's college basketball to regional recognition. Her junior year, Baynes earned All-State honors and reached the 1,000-point mark in scoring and received All East Coast Conference honors.

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