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Rider Hosts Niagara on Friday Night to Close out Home Slate

Courtesy: Rider Sports Information
         
Release: February 23, 2017
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Courtesy: Peter G. Borg (Rider University)
GAME 28 – Friday, February 24, 2017
Rider Broncs (21-6, 15-3 MAAC) vs. Niagara Purple Eagles (8-19, 5-13 MAAC)
Location: Lawrenceville, NJ – Alumni Gymnasium (1,650)
Tip: 7:00 pm

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-Rider and Niagara are meeting for the 45th time, with the Purple Eagles owning a 25-19 lead in the series history. The Broncs took the earlier meeting between the two teams this season, 78-58, in the Empire State. Rider enters the contest riding a two-game winning streak against Niagara. In the victory earlier this winter, the Broncs shot over 58 percent (7-12) from three-point range and outrebounded the Purple Eagles, 39-26. It was the first of four wins of 20 or more points in conference play this season for Rider.    

- Last time out, senior Julia Duggan and junior Kamila Hoskova both recorded double-doubles as Rider raced past Monmouth, 75-63. The Broncs led for over 37 minutes in the contest and never trailed after the midway point of the first quarter. The third quarter was once again the turning point for the Broncs as Rider outscored Monmouth, 21-12, to turn a two-possession game into a double digit lead.

- Two weeks ago, Hoskova was named the College Sports Madness MAAC Women’s Basketball Player of the Week. It marked the second time this season that she has earned the honor after receiving the distinction back on January 9.

- The win on Tuesday was the 21st of the season for Rider. That is the most victories by the Broncs under Head Coach Lynn Milligan and the most for the program since the team won 26 games during the 1981-82 season. The 21 wins against Division I opponents is the most in a single season in program history as well. The 15 MAAC wins are also the most under Milligan in a season and in program history. The team will also finish above .500 in conference for the first time since entering the league.  

- For the first time in program history, the Rider University women’s basketball team was named to the CollegeInsider.com Women’s Mid-Major Top-25 Poll as announced by the committee on January 10. The CollegeInsider.com Women’s Mid-Major Top-25 is now in its seventh season of existence and is voted on by a panel of 31 coaches from across the country. The Broncs entered the poll at No. 25.

- Last week, the Broncs re-entered the CollegeInsider.com Women’s Mid-Major Top-25 Poll at No . 24 and this week they moved up one spot to No. 23.

- Rider is 8-1 on the road in conference play this season, highlighted by a pair of one-point wins against Canisius and Siena. The Broncs have also scored double-digit triumphs versus Manhattan, Niagara, Marist, Saint Peter’s and Iona. The team had won six straight away from Lawrenceville in league play before a setback against Quinnipiac on January 21.

- Rider is 16-1 when leading at halftime this winter. They had won their first 11 games before the Fairfield loss on January 14. The Broncs have won four straight conference games when trailing at halftime thanks to the come-from-behind win against Canisius on February 12.

- In early January, Robin Perkins sank a free throw at Siena for her 1,000th point at Rider. She is the 20th player in program history to reach the milestone. She currently has 1,150 points as a Bronc and is fourth in the MAAC in scoring with 16.2 points per game. Perkins is 10 points away from 10th-place in program history.  

- Julia Duggan recorded her team-leading eighth double-double of the season last time out. She scored 18 points on 8-of-20 shooting to go along with a career-high 19 rebounds. Hoskova is the only other Bronc to record a double-double this season  and she has three, highlighted by two straight double-double performances. Duggan currently ranks sixth in program history with 765 career rebounds. For her career she is averaging over six rebounds per game and this season she has pulled down more than seven boards in 16 games. Duggan also has poured in over 900 career points.

- Stella Johnson has been on a tear lately on both ends of the court. She has scored in double figures in four of her last six games. Johnson has also recorded five steals in two of the last five contests. Versus Monmouth, she had a career-high three blocks. This season, she has registered four or more steals in a game nine times. Earlier in the year, she had a season-high eight steals in a win against Lafayette. She currently ranks third in the conference in steals with 2.8 per game.    

- Rider currently ranks in the top-three in eight different statistical categories in the conference. The team is tops in the MAAC in field-goal percentage (.414). The Broncs are second in the league in scoring offense (66.6), scoring margin (+5.4) and field-goal percentage defense (.375). Rider is also third in free-throw percentage (.728), steals per game (9.9), three-point field-goal percentage defense (.292) and turnover margin (+1.37).  

- The Broncs have three different players that rank in the top-five in the MAAC in different statistical categories. Perkins is fourth in points per game (16.2) and fifth in three-pointers made per game (2.2), Johnson is fourth in field-goal percentage (.498) and third in steals (2.8) and Duggan is fifth in rebounding (7.9).
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