Women's College Basketball
McKenzie, Bopp Preseason All-MAAC
EDISON--Junior MyNeshia McKenzie and senior Caitlin Bopp of the Rider University women's basketball team were recognized with Preseason All-MAAC honors it was announced Thursday afternoon by the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.
"Having both MyNeshia and Caitlin honored by the MAAC is a great honor for them and our program," said head coach Lynn Milligan, in her sixth season at Rider. "They both bring a competitive winning attitude to the court every day."
McKenzie, a 5-11 forward from Springfield, Pa. (Springfield (Delco)) was named Second Team All-MAAC in voting by the 10 conference coaches with Bopp, a 6-2 center from Baltimore, Md. (Institute of Notre Dame) garnering Third Team All-MAAC honors.
A Communication major, McKenzie enters the 2012-13 season 15th on Rider's all-time rebounding list with 493. As a sophomore, McKenzie was named Third Team All-MAAC after leading the conference in rebounding.
"Mac is obviously a great rebounder after leading the MAAC last season," Milligan said. "She has expanded her game even more over the summer and is ready to go this season."
As a sophomore, McKenzie appeared in all 30 games, making 24 starts and led Rider in scoring (10.8 points per game), rebounding (9.1 per game), free throws made (72), steals (48) and minutes played (32.2 per game) and was third on the team in blocks (16). Her 9.1 rebounds per game were 50th nationally.
A Business Administration major, Bopp enters her senior season tied for sixth all-time on Rider's rebounding list with 662. As a junior, Bopp played in 25 games, making 18 starts and averaged 9.2 points per game. Bopp was fourth in the MAAC in field goal percentage (.469), fourth in offensive rebounds (68), fifth in total rebounding (182) and eighth in the conference in blocked shots (19).
"Caitlin can score around the basket and is a terrific rebounder," Milligan added.
As a freshman, Bopp was named to the MAAC All-Rookie team.
Rider opens the season at Stony Brook November 9 at 7pm with the home opener in Alumni Gymnasium on November 12 at 7pm against the New Jersey Institute of Technology.
"Both of them will tell you how important their teammates are to this recognition," Milligan said. "This is where they want to be at the end of the season because if they are, that means we will have had a successful season."