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Broncs Fall on the Road to Quinnipiac

Courtesy: Rider Sports Information
         
Release: January 21, 2017
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Courtesy: Peter G. Borg (Rider University)
HAMDEN, CT – Senior guard Robin Perkins (Willingboro, NJ/Trenton Catholic [Saint Francis Univ.]) scored in double figures for the fifth game in a row as the Rider University women’s basketball team fell on the road to Quinnipiac, 79-53, on Saturday afternoon at the TD Bank Sports Center. The Broncs (13-6, 7-3 MAAC) see their six-game road winning streak in conference play come to an end, while the Bobcats (16-4, 9-1 MAAC) won their fourth straight at home.

“We need to make sure we learn a really hard lesson from this,” Rider Head Coach Lynn Milligan said. “We need to be able to bounce back. This game was about us not being ourselves. We weren’t getting the looks we wanted and we missed some shots today we normally make. We need to make sure we are ready to go moving forward.”

Perkins paced the Broncs with 15 points on 5-of-11 shooting. She also grabbed seven boards and added one steal in 24 minutes of play. Junior Kamila Hoskova (Brno, Czech Republic/Sportovni Gymnazium Ludvika Danka) was the other Rider player in double figures with 12 points thanks to a 6-of-9 showing at the free-throw line.

Three Bobcats scored in double figures led by sophomore forward Jen Fay with 21 points on 7-of-10 shooting off the bench. Both Paula Strautmane and freshman forward Vanessa Udoji contributed 12 points apiece for Quinnipiac.

Rider opened the game on a 5-0 run over the first two minutes of action. During the spurt, senior guard Taylor Wentzel (Pittsburgh, PA/Baldwin) put the guests on the board with an old-fashioned three-point play and Perkins scored on a lay-up in transition. The Broncs also held the Bobcats without a basket on their first two possessions of the game.

Back-and-forth the two teams would go as a three-pointer from Fay tied the game at 13 with 3:45 left in the opening frame. After the Broncs took a four-point edge at 17-13, the hosts closed the first on an 8-3 run to lead, 21-20, after 10 minutes. The final bucket of the quarter, a lay-up from Fay, gave the Bobcats their first lead of the game.

The two conference foes would trade baskets early on in the second with neither team leading by more than one possession through the first six and a half minutes. A three from the top of the key by Quinnipiac junior Carly Fabbri gave the hosts a 34-28 edge and after holding Rider scoreless for several possessions, the hosts would score on the final possession of the half to take an eight-point edge at 36-28 into the break.

After a Hoskova free throw gave the Broncs a 28-27 lead with 7:42 left in the half, the Bobcats kept Rider scoreless for the remainder of the second. In the second quarter, the Rider defense played well, forcing a pair of turnovers and holding Quinnipiac to just 35 percent shooting, but on the offensive end the team shot 14.3 percent (2-14).

Early in the third, Quinnipiac stretched its lead to 13 at 43-30 following a three-point play from junior forward Sarah Shewman. The two teams traded baskets once again and after an offensive rebound and putback by Bronc freshman Stella Johnson (Denville, NJ/Morris Catholic) Rider called a timeout trailing 47-34 midway through the third. Quinnipiac would open up a 20-point lead at 55-35 following a mid-range jumper from the elbow by Udoji late in the stanza. Quinnipiac scored seven of the final nine points in the quarter to take a 60-37 lead into the fourth.

Rider continued to battle in the fourth quarter, and a corner three from Bronc freshman guard Safie Tolusso (Vevey, Switzerland/Honore d'Estinne d'Orves)  made it a 69-46 game in favor of the hosts with six minutes left in the game. Over the final 10 minutes, the Broncs scored 16 points on knocked down 5-of-10 field goals.

For the game, Rider shot 34.6 percent (18-52) compared to 43.9 percent (29-66) by Quinnipiac. The Broncs committed 25 turnovers and had nine assists on 18 made baskets. On the other end, the Bobcats committed 13 turnovers and had 18 assists on 29 field goals.

The Broncs return to action on Thursday, January 26, with a home conference clash against Manhattan that is slated to get underway at 7:00 pm. Earlier this season, Rider topped the Jaspers, 53-36, inside Draddy Gymnasium. 
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