Women’s College Basketball
Rider’s McKenzie Second Team All-MET
NEW YORK, N.Y.—Junior MyNeshia McKenzie of the Rider University women’s basketball team was named to the All-Met Second Team it was announced by the Metropolitan Basketball Writers Association Friday morning.
“MyNeshia had a terrific season,” said head coach Lynn Milligan. “We are proud of her accomplishments. This is a great honor not only for her but for our program and Rider University.”
McKenzie (Springfield, Pa./Springfield (Delco)), an All-Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference First Team selection, will be honored at the 80th NIT/MBWA Haggerty Awards dinner on April 15 in Tarrytown, New York.
The Haggery dinner is the longest running college basketball awards program conducted by a media group in the United States.
A 5-11 guard/forward, McKenzie is the first Bronc women’s basketball player to earn First Team All-MAAC honors in Rider’s 16 seasons in the conference and she is the first player since Bronc Hall of Famer Jessica Beck to earn All-Met recognition.
A Third Team selection last year as a sophomore and an All-Rookie Team pick as a freshman, McKenzie was second in the MAAC in rebounding (9.8) and fourth in scoring (14.2).
McKenzie started 29 of 30 games and led the Broncs in scoring, rebounds, steals (58), assists (50) and minutes (34.7).
“MyNeshia showed great development this past season,” Milligan said. “She became more versatile and was a threat to not only score but make a great pass, grab a steal or go after a rebound. She has become such a complete player and really, one of the top players in the conference.”
McKenzie helped Rider to a 15-win season, the fifth most wins in the 74-year history of the program and Rider tied its best MAAC record and finish at 10-8, finishing fourth in the conference.
McKenzie enters her senior season needing five points to become the 19th 1,000 point scorer at Rider and she is currently fifth all time on Rider’s career rebound list.
McKenzie is one of three players from the MAAC being recognized.
Pepsi Max MAAC Player of the Year Damika Martinez from Iona College was recognized with First Team All-Met honors and Second Team All-MAAC honoree Elizabeth Beynnon from Marist also recognized with First Team All-Met recognition.