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Women's College Basketball
Rider Travels to Central Connecticut
NEW BRITAIN, Conn.--Fresh off a win at Pittsburgh this past Sunday, the Rider University women's basketball team returns to the court on Friday night, taking on the Blue Devils of Central Connecticut State University at 6pm.
The game can be heard live on 107.7 FM The Bronc, 1077thebronc.com and on GoBroncs.com with Jeff Nolan bringing you all the action.
Rider (5-4) is led by senior Sironda Chambers (Wilmington, Del.) who leads the team in scoring averaging 15.8 points per contest.
Junior MyNeshia McKenzie (Springfield, Pa./Springfield (Delco)) is averaging 12.3 points and is second in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, averaging 9.6 rebounds per game.
Senior Caitlin Bopp (Baltimore, Md./Inst. of Notre Dame) continues her strong play and is averaging 9.8 points and 8.8 rebounds while leading the team with 17 blocks.
Also sparking the Broncs is freshman Mikal Johnson (Manassas, Va./Osbourn) who was named the MAAC Rookie of the Week this past week. Johnson is averaging 6.3 points and 2.4 rebounds and Rider is 4-1 since she cracked the starting lineup.
Johnson is Rider's third MAAC honoree in a row with Chambers recognized as the MAAC Player of the Week on December 3 and Bopp named MAAC Player of the Week on December 10.
Central Connecticut (4-4) is coming off a home loss to La Salle University Wednesday night.
Former East Coast Conference rivals, Rider and CCSU last met on February 27, 1992, 7,330 days ago when the Blue Devils defeated Rider 75-66. Rider leads the all-time series 5-2.
Rider has already matched its road win total from a year ago and the Broncs enter play having won four of their last five games.
After the game Friday night, Rider returns home to face St. Francis Brooklyn on Saturday, December 29 at 2pm in Alumni Gymnasium.
Rider opens conference play on Friday, January 4, at 7pm against defending MAAC champion Marist College. The game against the Red Foxes begins Youth Month in Alumni Gym with kids 18 and under eligible for $2 tickets. The promotion is good for all men's and women's basketball games in January as well as wrestling.
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