Women's College Basketball
Princeton University 88, Rider University 42
PRINCETON--The Rider University women's basketball team lost to cross-town rival Princeton University on Tuesday evening in Jadwin Gymnasium.
"Their defensive effort on our ball screens was good and they forced us away from the basket," said head coach Lynn Milligan. "We got some opens looks but obviously didn't shoot the ball well. All the credit to Princeton but this loss is on us. We haven't found our rhythm or our flow."
The Broncs held an early 4-3 lead and used a three-pointer by Chambers to open up a four-point lead with 16:52 left in the opening half.
Princeton (2-1) responded with a 22-3 run including scoring 14 straight points as the Tiger defense held the Broncs without a point for almost eight minutes opening up a 25-10 lead with 6:16 left in the first period.
Trailing 29-12, Rider cut the Tiger lead to 12 (31-19) on another three-pointer by Chambers with 2:38 left in the opening half. Chambers had eight points in the first half.
Leading 36-23, Princeton ended the first half on a 5-0 run and the Tigers held an 18-point advantage at intermission.
With Princeton leading 56-32, the Tigers went on an 18-2 run, opening up a 74-34 lead with 8:14 left in the game and Princeton eventually led by 48 on a three-pointer with 48 seconds remaining.
Also for the Broncs, sophomore Marritta Gillcrease (Pittsburgh, Pa./Perry Traditional Academy) had four blocks, two rebounds, an assist and a steal in 19 minutes off the bench.
"Marritta was ready when her number was called," Milligan said. "She works really hard in practice. She deserved those minutes and took advantage of them. We are going to need her as the season progresses."
Princeton out-rebounded Rider 49-27, 16-5 on the offensive glass.
The Tigers shot 49 percent from the field (34-69) with Rider held to 14-48 (29 percent).
Rider committed 25 turnovers and the Tigers held a 52-16 points in the paint advantage.
"When you turn the ball over early on offense and they get fast break points (12-0 Princeton advantage), it makes it that much harder when you have to work for every opportunity,"Milligan added. "When we were able to run the offense, we ran it well but we gave up too many easy baskets."
The Tigers were led by Niveen Rasheed who had 17 points, 11 rebounds (four offensive) to go along with four assists and three steals in 23 minutes.
"We have a freshman backcourt that is finding its way," Milligan said. "The upperclassmen have to do a better job of helping the team find its way. We'll work to get better; we are not happy or proud with tonight's result. We need better decision making and we need to make better plays."
This was the 30th meeting between Rider and Princeton with the Tigers holding a 22-8 series lead. Rider last defeated the Tigers 45-42 during the 2007-08 season with Amanda Sepulveda hitting a three-pointer at the buzzer in Alumni Gymnasium.
Rider is off until November 27 when the Broncs travel to Lafayette for a 7pm non-conference game.