Women's College Basketball
Quinnipiac University 72, Rider University 57
PROVIDENCE, RI-The Broncs fell to Quinnipiac in the Championship Game of the Brown Classic Sunday. "We didn't defend very well in the second half," said Rider head coach Lynn Milligan.
Holding a 44-42 lead, Quinnipiac (6-0) out-scored Rider 14-2, six points by Brittany McQuain, to take a 58-44 lead with 7:21 left to play. "We made some bad decisions during that stretch," Milligan said.
McQuain finished with 20 points and eight rebounds and was named the tournament MVP.
Rider out-scored QU 10-3 to start the second half, five points by senior Sironda Chambers (Newark, Del.), to take a 35-34 lead with 17:26 left to play. "When we defend and take care of the ball that's what happens," Milligan said.
Chambers finished with a team-high 15 points, along with six rebounds and was named to the all-tournament team.
Trailing 25-18, Rider out-scored Quinnipiac 7-2, three points by senior Caitlin Bopp (Baltimore, Md./Inst. of Notre Dame), to cut the lead to 27-25, but Bobcat Jasmine Martin scored the final four points of the half to give QU a 31-25 halftime lead. Martin finished with a game-high 21 points.
Bopp finished with seven points and eight rebounds in just 23 minutes of action due to foul trouble, and was named to the all-tournament team. "The foul trouble hurt us," Milligan said. "Sironda picked up her third foul early in the second half also and it hurt us."
Trailing 17-7, Rider went on an 11-2 run, seven points by Chambers, to cut the lead to 19-18 with 8:46 left in the first half.
Quinnipiac jumped out to a 17-7 lead, five points by Martin.
Also for Rider (3-4), junior MyNeshia McKenzie (Springfield, Pa./Springfield-Delco) added 14 points and 11 rebounds for her 15th career 'double-double' and her third of the season.
Quinnipiac (6-0) is ranked 22nd in the nation among Mid-Majors and went to the WNIT last year.
This was the first-ever meeting between Rider and Quinnipiac.
The day after causing 27 Brown turnovers, Rider committed 24 turnovers Sunday. "We didn't take care of the ball," Milligan said.
The last time Rider won an in-season tournament was in 1997-98, defeating LIU and Bucknell in the Columbia tournament.
Rider hosts Army Friday. "We have to win at home," Milligan said. "We'll prepare for a battle Friday night."