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No. 2 Rider Takes on No. 3 Fairfield in the MAAC Semifinals

Courtesy: Rider Sports Information
         
Release: March 04, 2017
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Courtesy: Peter G. Borg (Rider University)

GAME 31 – MAAC Semifinals – Sunday, March 5, 2017
No. 2 Rider Broncs (23-7, 16-4 MAAC) vs. No. 3 Fairfield Stags (17-13, 13-7 MAAC)
Location: Albany, NY – Times Union Center (17,500)
Tip: 1:30 pm
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Live Stats – MAACSports.com
Live Audio – 107.7 FM The Bronc
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Tickets – Call 609-209-5692 or email voorhees@rider.edu
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Postgame Press Conference – MAAC.TV

- Rider and Fairfield are meeting for the 45th time, with the Stags owning a 38-6 lead in the series history. Fairfield enters the game having won three straight games, highlighted by a victory over No. 6 seed Marist in the MAAC Tournament Quarterfinals. Fairfield swept the regular-season series and has won six games in a row versus the Broncs. 

- Last time out, No. 2 seed Rider took down No. 7 seed Monmouth, 67-51, in the MAAC Tournament Quarterfinals. Dating back to January 26, the Broncs have won 10 of their last 11 games. Rider used a 16-0 third-quarter run to pull away and advance to the MAAC Tournament Semifinals for just the second time in program history. In the second half, the Broncs held Monmouth to 29 percent (8-27) shooting and forced eight turnovers, while maintaining a double-digit lead throughout.

- The women’s basketball team saw four players earn All-MAAC honors as announced on Monday afternoon by the league office. Senior guard Robin Perkins landed on the first team, junior guard Kamila Hoskova was named Second Team All-MAAC, senior center Julia Duggan received third-team distinction and freshman guard Stella Johnson earned All-Rookie team honors. Perkins was the only unanimous 1st Team selection in the league and Johnson was a unanimous selection to the All-Rookie Team. Perkins is now a finalist for Player of the Year and Johnson is a finalist for Rookie of the Year.

- The four players earning All-MAAC honors is a new program record for Rider as the team saw three players receive league-wide distinction in 2012-13, 2001-02 and 1999-2000. The four players honored by the league is the most by any team in the conference this year.

- Rider snapped a three-game losing streak in the conference postseason tournament on Friday. The Broncs are making their second ever appearance in the MAAC Semifinals and it’s their first appearance since 2014. Each of the last two seasons the team has lost in the first round. Rider is looking to advance to its first-ever MAAC Tournament Championship game.

- 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 Friday was the 23rd 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 23 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 third time since entering the league. Rider’s No. 2 seed is also the best in the program history heading into the MAAC Tournament.  

- 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.

- Two weeks ago, the Broncs re-entered the CollegeInsider.com Women’s Mid-Major Top-25 Poll at No. 24 and last week they moved up one spot to No. 23. This week the team remained No. 23.

- Rider is 8-2 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 18-1 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 of their last five conference games when trailing at halftime.

- 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 15.5 points per game. Perkins is 10 points away from 10th-place in program history.  

- Julia Duggan recorded her team-leading 11th double-double of the season last time out. She scored 19 points on 6-of-15 shooting to go along with 15 rebounds. Hoskova is the only other Bronc to record a double-double this season and she has three, highlighted by two in her last five appearances. Hoskova was one rebound shy of a double-double versus Monmouth. Duggan is currently tied for fifth-place in program history with 801 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 19 games. Duggan also has poured in over 950 career points.

- Stella Johnson has been on a tear lately on both ends of the court. She has scored in double figures in six of her last nine games. Johnson has also recorded five steals in three of the last eight contests. Versus Monmouth last Tuesday, she had a career-high three blocks and against the Hawks in the MAAC Quarterfinals she had three steals. This season, she has registered four or more steals in a game nine times. Earlier in the year, she set a new program-high with eight steals in a win against Lafayette. She currently ranks third in the conference and leads all freshmen 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 second in the MAAC in scoring margin (+5.9), turnover margin (+1.47), field-goal percentage (.410) and field-goal percentage defense (.373). The Broncs are also third in steals per game (9.8), three-point field-goal percentage (.320), scoring offense (65.0) and free-throw percentage (.731).  

- 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 (15.5) and fifth in three-pointers made per game (2.1), Stella Johnson is third in both field-goal percentage (.511) and steals (2.8) and Duggan leads the league in rebounding (8.3). Duggan’s 11 double-doubles are also tops in the MAAC. 
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