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Rider Closes out the Regular Season at Fairfield on Sunday

Courtesy: Rider Sports Information
         
Release: February 25, 2017
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Courtesy: Peter G. Borg (Rider University)
GAME 29 – Sunday, February 26, 2017
Rider Broncs (22-6, 16-3 MAAC) at Fairfield Stags (15-13, 12-7 MAAC)
Location: Fairfield, CT – Alumni Hall (2,479)
Tip: 2:00 pm

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- Rider and Fairfield are meeting for the 44th time, with the Stags owning a 37-6 lead in the series history. Fairfield enters the game having won five straight games against the Broncs. The last Rider victory against the Stags came in March of 2014 in the second round of the MAAC Tournament. Fairfield took the earlier meeting this season, 68-67, in overtime.

- Last time out, Julia Duggan recorded her second straight double-double behind an 18-point, 11-rebound performance as Rider raced past Niagara, 62-41. After a lay-up gave the Purple Eagles a 17-16 advantage with 7:39 left in the half, the Broncs would score the next 16 points and hold Niagara without a field goal for the remainder of the half.

- Two weeks ago, Kamila 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 Friday was the 22nd 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 22 wins against Division I opponents is the most in a single season in program history as well. The 16 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 17-1 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 ninth double-double of the season last time out. She scored 18 points on 8-of-16 shooting to go along with 11 rebounds. Hoskova is the only other Bronc to record a double-double this season and she has three, highlighted by two in her last three appearances. Duggan currently ranks sixth in program history with 776 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 17 games. Duggan also has poured in over 920 career points.

- Stella Johnson has been on a tear lately on both ends of the court. She has scored in double figures in five of her last seven games. Johnson has also recorded five steals in three of the last six contests. Versus Monmouth on Tuesday, 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 2.9 per game.    

- Rider currently ranks in the top-three in seven different statistical categories in the conference. The team is second in the MAAC in field-goal percentage (.413), scoring margin (+5.9) and field-goal percentage defense (.374). The Broncs are also third in steals per game (9.9), three-point field-goal percentage defense (.291), turnover margin (+1.54) and scoring offense (66.4).  

- The Broncs have five different players that rank in the top-five in the MAAC in different statistical categories. Perkins is fourth in points per game (15.5) and fifth in three-pointers made per game (2.2), Johnson is third in both field-goal percentage (.502) and steals (2.9), Duggan is third in rebounding (8.0), Hoskova is fifth in free-throw percentage (.778) and Taylor Wentzel is fourth in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.2).
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