Women's College Basketball
Marist College 69, Rider University 44
Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Game
POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y.-The Rider University women's basketball team lost a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference game at 10-time defending regular season conference champion Marist College Friday evening at McCann Arena in Poughkeepsie.
"We got shots but missed too many easy ones," said head coach Lynn Milligan. "We also gave up some easy ones. It comes down to making shots and we didn't. We got the looks we wanted and didn't make them."
Rider (13-13, 8-7 MAAC) was led by the 23rd career 'double-double' from junior MyNeshia McKenzie (Springfield, Pa./Springfield (Delco)). McKenzie had 11 points and 11 rebounds for her 11th 'double-double' of the season.
The Broncs opened the game with a layup from senior Caitlin Bopp, 33 seconds into the contest. Playing only 22 minutes due to foul trouble, Bopp finished with four points, 10 rebounds (five offensive), a block and a steal.
"This is the third strong start in a row for us," Milligan said. "The score is what it is but the start is something we can continue to build on."
Marist (20-6, 15-0 MAAC) responded with a three pointer by junior Casey Dulin with 18:59 left in the opening period. Dulin scored Marist's first six points of the game and tied a career-high with 25 points, 14 in the opening half.
"Marist is such a tough defensive matchup because everyone can score," Milligan added. "We did a good job on Leanne Ockenden, holding her to three points but Dulin had a great game. You shutdown the player you think needs to be focused on and they have another player step up and have a great game. That's the balance they present."
Trailing 8-4, Rider went on a 5-0 run, three points by freshman Taylor Wentzel (Pittsburgh, Pa./Baldwin) and two points from McKenzie as the Broncs retook the lead 9-8 with 15:48 left in the first period. Wentzel had three points and two rebounds.
Trailing 11-10, Marist went on a 12-1 run before a jumper by graduate student Carleigh Brown (Philadelphia, Pa./Nazareth Academy) cut the Red Fox lead back to nine with 7:38 left in the opening half. C. Brown had four points and four rebounds in 12 minutes off the bench.
Marist led 34-22 at intermission.
The game had seven lead changes, all in the opening 20 minutes.
The Red Foxes held Rider without a field goal for the first six minutes of the second half as part of a 10-1 run and Marist opened up a 44-23 lead with14:00 left in the game.
Rider responded with a 5-0 run, two points each by McKenzie and red-shirt freshman Manon Pellet (Marseille, France), cutting the Marist lead to 44-28 with 12:34 left. Pellet had four points in nine minutes off the bench.
Leading 52-36, the Red Foxes pulled away with a14-0 run, as Marist opened up a 30-point lead (66-36) with 2:58 left in the game.
Rider out-rebounded Marist 39-38, 19-9 on the offensive glass but the Red Foxes held a 30-14 advantage on points in the paint.
The Red Foxes out-shot the Broncs 48 percent (25-52) to 27 percent (17-62).
Marist has won 20 in a row over Rider and the Red Foxes lead the all-time series 35-13. The Red Foxes won in Lawrenceville 62-47 on January 4.
Marist is on a 15-game winning streak and the Red Foxes have won 38 straight games at McCann Arena.
Rider travels to Saint Peter's University for a 2pm MAAC game on Sunday. The Peacocks lost at Siena 70-67 Friday evening.
"Sunday is the next game on the schedule," Milligan said. "We'll take the lessons learned tonight and build on them and put them into action."