Greg Dell'Omo

MAAC Play Begins Friday Night

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Release: January 03, 2013
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Caitlin Bopp 31st nationally in blocks
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Women's College Basketball
Rider Opens MAAC Play vs. Marist Friday Night

LAWRENCEVILLE--The Rider University women's basketball team opens the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference portion of the schedule when the Broncs host defending MAAC champion Marist College on Friday, January 4, 2013 in Alumni Gymnasium at 7pm.

Rider (5-6) is coming off a 58-55 loss to St. Francis Brooklyn on December 29.

The Broncs are led by senior Sironda Chambers (Wilmington, Del.) who is averaging 15.7 points per game.  Chambers is third in the MAAC in scoring and she has three 20+ point games in her last seven outings. 

Chambers has led Rider in scoring seven times this season and she enters play 36th nationally, shooting 87 percent from the free throw line.

The Broncs are also led by junior MyNeshia McKenzie (Springfield, Pa./Springfield (Delco)) who is second in the MAAC averaging 8.9 rebounds per game.  McKenzie recently moved into 10th all-time on the Rider rebound list with 591.  A preseason Second Team All-MAAC Honoree, McKenzie is scoring 12.7 points per game.

Senior Caitlin Bopp (Baltimore, Md./Inst. of Notre Dame) continues to be a force inside for the Broncs.  A Third Team preseason All-MAAC honoree, Bopp is 31st nationally, averaging 2.09 blocks per game and her 757 rebounds are fourth all-time at Rider.  Bopp enters play averaging 9.0 points and 8.6 rebounds per game.

As a team, Rider is 28th nationally, averaging 5.3 blocks per game.

Rider has wins over Stony Brook, Lafayette, Brown, Army and Pittsburgh with the Broncs losing to NJIT, Mount St. Mary's, Princeton, Quinnipiac, Central Connecticut and St. Francis Brooklyn.  Six of the 11 games have been decided by six points or less and the Broncs are 2-4 in those contests.

Marist (5-6) enters play with wins over Vermont, Princeton, Wake Forest, Hofstra and Yale with the Red Foxes losing to nationally ranked Purdue, Connecticut, Oklahoma and Kentucky as well as Hartford and Boston University.

The Red Foxes have won nine MAAC regular season titles in a row and eight MAAC championships since 2004.

Former Northeast Conference rivals, Marist leads the all-time series 33-13 and the Red Foxes have won 18 games in a row over Rider.

Rider is in its 16th season in the MAAC and the Broncs are 4-11 all-time in MAAC openers.

After the game Friday night, Rider travels to Riverdale, New York to face Manhattan College on Sunday at 2pm.  The Broncs then return home for a Kid's Day home game against Canisius on January 10 at noon before a three-game road trip takes the Broncs to Loyola Maryland (january 13), Niagara University (January 18) and Canisius College (January 20).

If you can't make the game Friday night, the game can be seen on BroncVision and MAAC.TV as part of Rider's pay per view service powered by GoBroncs.com.

GameViewer (LiveStats) will also be available, free of charge via the link on GoBroncs.com and live tweets will be sent out which you can follow via twitter @RiderAthletics.

January is youth month in Alumni Gym.  The Rider University Department of Athletics has announced that all kids, 18 and under, can purchase $2.00 tickets to any men's and women's basketball game and wrestling meet in Alumni Gym on the Lawrenceville campus this January.

To purchase discounted youth tickets for basketball games and/or the wrestling meet in January, visit the ticket booth in Alumni Gym prior to game time or purchase them online via TicketLeap, the official online ticketing service of Rider Athletics.  Fans can access the TicketLeap link via GoBroncs.com.Ticket may also be purchased by calling the Rider Athletics Ticket Office at 609-896-5054. 

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