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Women's College Basketball
Broncs Play in Brown Classic Saturday, Sunday
PROVIDENCE, R.I.-What can Brown do for you?
For those who are shipping anything this holiday season, that is a question that will be asked over 25 million times.
For the Rider University women's basketball team, there are only two things on the 'wish' list as the December portion of the schedule begins and both revolve on what Brown can do for them or specifically, what the Broncs can do against Brown in the first of two games this weekend.
Rider plays December 1-2 at the Brown Classic with Rider and Brown competing on Saturday at 2pm and the Broncs will play either New Hampshire or Quinnipiac on Sunday, also at 2pm.
Rider is led by senior Sironda Chambers (Newark, Del.) who is averaging 15.0 point per game. Chambers scored a career-high 24 points in the 68-64 win at Lafayette on November 27.
The Broncs are also being paced by Second Team Preseason Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference honoree junior MyNeshia McKenzie (Springfield, Pa./Springfield (Delco)), who is averaging 14.2 points and 9.8 rebounds per game, and senior Caitlin Bopp (Baltimore, Md./Inst. of Notre Dame), who is averaging 8.6 points and 8.0 rebounds per contest.
McKenzie had her 14th career 'double-double' in the win at Lafayette, scoring 11 points while pulling down 10 rebounds and Bopp enters play fifth on Rider's all-time rebounding list with 702.
Brown leads the all-time series against Rider 2-0. Rider and Brown last met on December 6, 1998, (5,110 days ago) in the ECAC Holiday Festival (Worcester, Mass.) with the Bears winning 73-60. The teams first met on November 23, 1996 when Brown won at home 79-60.
Rider enters play with a 2-3 record, having won at Stony Brook to open the season before losses to NJIT, Mount St. Mary's and Princeton. The Broncs defeated Lafayette in their last outing on November 27.
Brown (2-4) enters the contest with wins over Saint Peter's and Rhode Island and losses to Fairfield, Vermont, Pittsburgh and Bryant.
Quinnipiac (4-0) and New Hampshire play at 4pm on Saturday. The Bobcats enter play ranked 22nd in the College Insider Mid-Major Poll and have wins over James Madison, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Yale. The UNH Wildcats are 3-2 and have wins over Yale, Holy Cross and Cornell while losing at Boston College and at Harvard.
Both Rider games can be heard live on 107.7 FM The Bronc, 1077thebronc.com and at GoBroncs.com with Dave Polaski bringing you all of the action.
For live tweets about the game, follow @RiderAthletics on Twitter.
What can Brown do for Rider? The Broncs are hoping for a hospitable host and a chance to deliver two wins to begin the December schedule.