Women's College Basketball
Rider's Caitlin Bopp
Honored by the MAAC and CollegeSportsMadness.com
EDISON--Senior Caitlin Bopp (Baltimore, Md./Inst. of Notre Dame) of the Rider University women's basketball team was named the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Player of the Week for all games played December 3-9 it was announced Monday afternoon.
A preseason Third Team All-Conference selection, Bopp was also named the CollegeSportsMadness.com MAAC Player of the Week.
In Rider's 66-60 win against Army on December 7, Bopp finished one off her career-high with 20 points, shooting eight for 11 and added eight rebounds, three blocks and a steal as the Broncs handed the Black Knights only their second loss of the season.
"Caitlin had a monster game," said head coach Lynn Milligan. "She made it very easy for her teammates to get her the ball and when she is shooting that well, we are going to have a lot of success. She also rebounded and played good defense and kept herself on the floor by staying out of foul trouble."
Bopp scored five points, helping to key a 20-0 Rider (4-4) run as the Broncs turned an 18-8 deficit into a 28-18 lead mid-way through the opening half.
After Army cut Rider's lead to one with two minutes left in the game, Bopp's efforts on defense helped Rider clinch the six-point win.
Bopp is now tied for fourth all-time on Rider's career rebound list with 728.
Bopp is averaging 10.1 points and 8.3 rebounds per game and she is second in the MAAC and 38th in the nation averaging 2.13 blocks per game.
This is the second week in a row that Rider has taken home the conference Player of the Week honor. Last week, senior Sironda Chambers (Wilmington, Del.) was recognized by the MAAC after averaging 20.7 points and 5.7 rebounds per game while logging 30 minutes per contest as the Broncs went 2-1 and advanced to the title game of the Brown Classic.
"We consider this a team award," Milligan said. "The players feed off each other and they are all really starting to have each other's back. When you are clicking as a team, individual awards are kind of a byproduct of that."
In 16 seasons in the MAAC, this is the first time that a Rider player has won the award in back to back weeks and it is also the first time that Rider has had two players earn the Player of the Week award in the same season.
"We're not built around one player," Milligan added about multiple players earning conference recognition. "The deeper we are, the more we can perform at a high level and the better we will be. Our plan of being a better team on a daily basis is coming to fruition."
Rider travels to Pittsburgh on December 16 for a 1pm non-conference game.