Women’s College Basketball
Rider’s McKenzie Honored by the MAAC
Also Recognized by CollegeSportsMadness.com
EDISON—Senior MyNeshia McKenzie (Springfield, Pa./Springfield (Delco)) of the Rider University women’s basketball team was named the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Player of the Week it was announced Monday afternoon.
A 6-0 forward, McKenzie was also recognized by the website CollegeSportsMadness.com as its top player in the MAAC for the period December 30, 2013-January 5, 2014.
“MyNeshia had a great week leading her team,” said head coach Lynn Milligan. “The thing I am most proud of is I think she really showed her versatility throughout. She had a career-high at Siena to lead us to a victory, then solid day at Quinnipiac and finally in a victory at Monmouth she only took seven shots and had her team involved from start to finish.”
In Rider’s 2-1 week, McKenzie averaged 20.7 points and 7.0 rebounds, playing over 36 minutes per contest as the Broncs navigated through three conference road games in a row.
In a road win at Siena on December 31, McKenzie tied a career-high with 29 points and added eight rebounds and four steals as Rider broke open a close game late in a 77-63 win.
Against the Saints, McKenzie shot 11-17 from the field as the Broncs shot 74 percent in the second half and she had four points in a 16-4 run after Siena cut the Bronc lead to four with 5:12 left.
At Quinnipiac on January 3, McKenzie had 22 points (her fifth 20 plus point game in a row) and she added six rebounds in 71-59 loss to the Bobcats who earned an NCAA bid last year after a 30-win season.
In Rider’s 64-53 win at Monmouth on January 5, McKenzie had a team-high seven rebounds and three assists while adding 11 points, including three free throws in the final minute after the Hawks cut the Bronc lead to six.
“Every game MyNeshia is able to do something different, not just score,” Milligan added. “She has been rebounding, getting to the foul line and sharing the ball. She is making her teammates better and they are making her better. This will be a big part of our continued growth throughout the season.”
For the week, McKenzie shot 48.8 percent from the field and 67.9 percent from the free throw line and she added eight steals, six assists and three blocks.
McKenzie is currently second in the MAAC in scoring (20.5 ppg.) and rebounding (10.2 rpg.).
In the latest NCAA statistics, McKenzie is 31st in scoring and 41st in rebounds per game and her six ‘double-doubles’ are 41st nationally.
A 103-game veteran, McKenzie is seventh on Rider’s all-time scoring list (1,261 points), one point behind Jen Feeney for sixth and her 920 rebounds are five behind Caitlin Bopp for second all-time at Rider.
Rider (6-7, 2-2 MAAC) hosts Saint Peter’s on Thursday at noon in Alumni Gymnasium as part of the NCAA Kid’s Day Out marketing initiative.