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Release:  12/27/2013

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Women’s College Basketball
Rider Hosts Fairfield in MAAC Opener on Sunday

LAWRENCEVILLE—The Rider University women’s basketball team hosts Fairfield University on Sunday at 4pm, in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference opener for both teams.

Winners of two straight games, Rider (4-5) is led by senior MyNeshia McKenzie (Springfield, Pa./Springfield (Delco)).   

McKenzie is second in the MAAC in scoring (19.4 ppg) and rebounding (11.9 rpg). 

McKenzie enters the game third all-time on Rider’s rebounding list and ninth all-time on the Bronc scoring list.

Rider is coming off back to back three-point wins, having defeated Central Connecticut State 61-58 on December 21 after pulling out an overtime win over Binghamton 66-63 on December 14.

Fairfield enters play with a 5-4 record with the Stags losing to #20 Oklahoma on December 18 by a 79-51 score.

The Stags are led by Katie Cizynski who is averaging 14.4 points per game and 6.9 rebounds per game.

Also sparking the Broncs is sophomore Mikal Johnson (Manassas, Va./Osbourn) who is averaging 16.3 points per game in her last three contests.

Fairfield is coming off an 18-14 season in 2012-13 and the Stags went 11-7 (3rd) in MAAC competition, losing to Siena in the conference quarterfinals.  The Stags received a postseason bid to the Women’s Basketball Invitational (WBI), defeating St. Francis (Pa.) and advanced to the quarterfinals before losing to Penn.

Fairfield returns eight letterwinners and four starters.

Sunday is the 36th meeting all-time between the MAAC rivals with Fairfield leading the series 30-5 but Rider has won the last two in a row over the Stags, sweeping the season series last season. 

Rider and Fairfield last met on February 7, 2013 in Alumni Gym when the Broncs won 55-44.

The Rider women’s game follows the Bronc men hosting the University of Pennsylvania at noon.  That game will be televised on The Comcast Network.

Tickets for all home games are available via the TicketLeap link at the top of the page.

If you can't make the game, all non-televised home games can be seen in high definition on BroncVision and MAAC.TV as part of Rider's pay per view service powered by GoBroncs.com.

The audio will be simulcast on the video stream with Jeff Nolan and Dick Wiseman bringing you all of the action.  The games can also be heard on 107.7 FM The Bronc and on 1077thebronc.com via links provided on 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.

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