Women's College Basketball
Rider University 74 Saint Peter's University 51
Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Game
LAWRENCEVILLE--Led by 20 points from sophomore Emily Fazzini (Wayne, Pa./Archbishop Carroll), the Rider University women's basketball team defeated Saint Peter's University 74-51 in a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference game Thursday evening in Alumni Gymnasium.
Fazzini finished two points off her career-high.
Leading 18-14, Rider (8-10, 3-4 MAAC) went on a 20-0 run, nine points by Fazzini and held the Peacocks without a field goal for the final 12:47 of the opening half as the Broncs built a 38-14 lead with 2:34 left in the first half.
"When Saint Peter's went zone, we did a really nice job of getting inside and outside touches," said head coach Lynn Milligan. "Caitlin (Bopp) went to work on the block and Emily was terrific in the opening half."
"It took a while to get my momentum back," said Fazzini who has 'double-digits' in points in three of the last four games. "I've been shooting extra and that has really been paying off." After starting all 30 games as a Rider rookie, Fazzini missed the opening four games this season and had seen limited minutes after ankle surgery.
Rider led 41-16 at intermission with Fazzini going five for six from three-point range in the opening 20 minutes.
"Emily is finding her groove," Milligan said. "With the slow start due to the right ankle injury, you are starting to see what a healthy Emily Fazzini can do. We need her to play with confidence."
Also for the Broncs, senior Caitlin Bopp (Baltimore, Md./Inst. of Notre Dame) had her 23rd career 'double-double' and fifth of the season with 12 points and 13 rebounds and she added four blocks and a steal in 29 minutes.
Senior Sironda Chambers (Wilmington, Del.) had 15 points and five rebounds with junior MyNeshia McKenzie (Springfield, Pa./Springfield (Delco)) adding 10 points and nine rebounds, four on the offensive glass.
Leading 43-21, Rider opened up its largest lead of the game with a 9-2 run, four points by McKenzie as the Broncs expended their advantage to 29 points, 52-23 with 15:14 left in the game.
Kristal Edwards had 15 points for Saint Peter's (0-18, 0-7 MAAC) but went five for 20 from the field.
Rider out-shot the Peacocks 39 percent to 25 percent and the Broncs held a 60-44 advantage on the glass.
This was the 52nd meeting between the teams with Rider winning for the 10th time. Saint Peter's swept Rider last season and had won four in a row in the series.
"They've been struggling this year," Milligan said about Saint Peter's. "But they've dominated the series and they beat us twice last season. So it was important to take care of business and also get another win on the home court."
With the 10th most road wins in NCAA Division I entering the week, Rider came into tonight's game with only one home win during the 2012-13 season.
"We haven't won on the home floor in a while," Milligan said. "We also have been struggling to score at home so it was nice to get off to such a good start."
Rider travels to Fairfield for a 2pm MAAC game on Sunday.