Rider Decked by The Hall
Women’s College Basketball
Seton Hall University 89, Rider University 81
SOUTH ORANGE—Junior Kamila Hoskova (Czech Republic) had 14 points and rookie Stella Johnson (Denville, NJ/Morris Catholic) added 13 but it wasn’t enough as the Rider University women’s basketball team lost a non-conference game at Seton Hall on Sunday afternoon.
Tied 75-75, Seton Hall used a 12-3 run to put the game away over the final two minutes.
Senior Robin Perkins (Willingboro, NJ/Trenton Catholic) hit a driving layup with 2:39 left in the game to tie the score at 75-75, the ninth and final tie of the contest. Perkins finished with 12 points in 31 minutes of play.
A driving layup by sophomore Lexi Posset (Pittsburgh, PA/Beaver Area) cut the Broncs deficit to two and a rebound and layup by S. Johnson tied the game at 71-71 with 4:24 left in the contest. Posset finished with four points in 16 minutes off the bench.
Trailing by 11 points at the half, Rider used a 22-9 third quarter run, eight points from Hoskova to take a 62-60 lead. Hoskova led Rider in scoring and added three assists and two rebounds in 25 minutes of action before fouling out with 1:59 remaining.
“I was proud of the way we came out at the half to eventually tie it up late in the fourth,” said head coach Lynn Milligan. “We put ourselves in a position late in the ballgame, but we just did not get it done.”
Rider held a 34-29 advantage in rebounds but could not overcome 27 foul calls and 19 turnovers. Seton Hall went to the free throw line 41 times, converting 34.
Rider out-shot the Pirates 48 percent (30-63) to 47 percent (24-51).
Both teams opened the game on torrid offensive pace as Rider scored 26 points in the period, led by five points each from Perkins, sophomore Johnnah Johnson (Blackwood, NJ/The Hun School) and freshman Tracey Goodman (Lansdale, PA/Phil-Mont Christian Academy). Goodman had eight points and two offensive rebounds in 11 minutes off the bench and J. Johnson had seven points and four rebounds (two offensive) in nine minutes off the bench.
Seton Hall led 28-26 after one period and tied 31-31, the Pirates used a 12-4 run to open up a 43-35 lead on the Broncs with 3:44 remaining in the second quarter.
After Rider cut the deficit to five (45-40) on a jumper in the paint from Hoskova, Seton Hall ended the half with six straight points and the Pirates led by 11 at intermission.
“Because we were winning (7-2 start to the season), we were thinking we were playing good defense and specifically in the last three games we weren’t,” Milligan said. “If we don’t lock down on defense and do a better job, giving up 51 in the first half like we did today leads to an uphill battle.”
Rider saw its four-game winning streak snapped and with the loss, the Broncs fall to 7-3 on the season with Seton Hall improving to 7-4.
Seton Hall has won all 10 games in the series. The team last met on November 14, 2014 when the Pirates were victorious 66-47 in the season opener.
Rider resumes play with a home game against St. Francis Brooklyn on Wednesday, December 21 at 7pm in Alumni Gymnasium.