Rider Wins Exhibition Game 74-39
Women’s College Basketball
Rider University 74, TCNJ 39 Exhibition
LAWRENCEVILLE, NJ— Sophomore Lexi Posset (Pittsburgh, PA/Beaver Area) compiled 17 points, making nine of 10 foul shots to lead the Rider University women’s basketball team to victory over The College of New Jersey Sunday in an exhibition game in Alumni Gymnasium.
“It thought it was terrific to play this game today,” said Rider head coach Lynn Milligan, now in her 10th season at Rider. “We haven’t done this in a while but with all of our newcomers this was a good year to do it. The goals that we set for today I thought we reached pretty much all of them.’
Posset and senior Yeliz Dogan (Izmir, Turkey) combined for 11 third quarter points as the Broncs out-scored TCNJ 21-10 in the third quarter to take a 53-33 lead heading into the fourth quarter. “Lexi can shoot the ball really well and she is scoring the way a point guard is supposed to score. She made her free throws today.”
Dogan finished with eight points and six rebounds. “Yeliz started that corner and did a really good job regrouping after early fouls,” Milligan said. “She worked so hard this summer to rehab (her injured knee). She wanted to have a full senior year.”
The Broncs turned a 12-12 game into a 20-14 lead at the end of the first quarter and led 32-23 at the half.
Junior Kamila Hoskova (Brno, Czech Republic) compiled 11 points and 10 rebounds for the Broncs. Freshman Tracey Goodman (Lansdale, PA/Phil-Mont Christian) added 11 points in just 13 minutes of action.
Freshman Stella Johnson (Denville/Morris Catholic) added seven assists along with seven points, nine rebounds and four steals. “That’s the kind of player she is,” Milligan said. “She’s been fun to watch. She has an awareness.”
The Broncs missed their first nine three-point attempts and were one for their first 12, finishing three for 17. “I didn’t not like any of our shots, we just missed them,’ Milligan said. “I don’t think we’ll be three for 17 too many times this year.”
Senior Julia Duggan, (Marmora, NJ/Ocean City) compiled eight points and six rebounds along with three steals. “Jules played well,” Milligan said. Duggan scored six points and five rebounds at halftime. “We’ll try to get her more touches so she can be closer to a ‘double-double’ type of player. Duggan is a 91-game veteran who enters the season 14th on the Rider career rebound list.
The Broncs were playing without the services of their All-MAAC senior guard Robin Perkins, who sat out with a minor injury. Perkins was a Second Team All-MAAC selection last year when she was third in the conference in scoring and was fifth in steals, 12th in three-pointers made and 14th in free throw percentage.
TCNJ was 13-12 last year, 9-9 in the New Jersey Athletic Conference.
This was the first public exhibition game the Broncs have played since the 2011-12 season.
The season begins November 11 at Princeton. “We’re excited,” Milligan said. “The first game is always exciting, especially a cross-town rival, a great challenge for us. We have a lot of work to do before Friday but it’s great that our first road game is so close to home.”