The Campaign

Marist 66, Rider 56

Courtesy: Rider Sports Information
         
Release: January 29, 2014
Send this article to a friend Print RSS
Article Image
MyNeshia McKenzie 1K pts/1K reb
Courtesy: Peter G. Borg (Rider University)

Women’s College Basketball
Marist College 66, Rider University 56
Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Game
McKenzie 1000th Career Rebound

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y.—Despite a career-high 15 points from junior Kornelija Valiuskyte (Siauliai, Lithuania), the Rider University women’s basketball team lost a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference game to defending conference champion Marist College on Wednesday evening at McCann Arena.

“We followed the game plan really well in the opening half,” said head coach Lynn Milligan who coached her 200th game at Rider.  “We did a good job on the help side and got some steals and our switches were on point.”

Rider had seven of its 12 steals in the opening half.

Leading 26-25 at intermission, Marist opened the second half on a 7-0 run, three points by Leanne Ockenden as the Red Foxes pushed their lead to 33-25 with 17:35 left in the game.

Ockenden finished with nine points, six rebounds and two assists as the Red Foxes recovered from a one for nine effort from three-point range in the opening half to make four of seven three-pointers in the final 20 minutes.

“We missed a few switches and Marist had some wide open looks and took advantage of them,” Milligan added.

Valiuskyte hit a three-pointer, cutting the Bronc deficit to five before an 8-2 run by the Red Foxes put their lead to 11 with 14:54 left.

“It was a solid game,” Milligan added.  “We had some players give some really solid efforts.  This is a game we can learn from and take some positives from.  We’re not satisfied to be close because you go in wanting to win every game.”

Valiuskyte had a career-high five field goals from three-point distance and she added a career-high five assists and tied a career-high with three steals, playing all 40 minutes, also a career-high.

“KV is playing with a lot of confidence right now,” Milligan said.  “She is a junior and understands that this is the time of the year that we need her to step up.  She has great leadership qualities.”

Valiuskyte is averaging 14 points a game in the two games since entering the starting lineup and more importantly has logged almost 38 minutes a contest in the games against Siena and Marist.

Graduate-student Shereen Lightbourne (Elmsford, N.Y./Alexander Hamilton) hit a three-pointer with 7:54 left in the game and senior MyNeshia McKenzie hit a jumper with 7:26 left, bringing Rider to within four (50-46) but that was as close as Rider would get.

Lightbourne finished with 13 points and a career-high four steals in only 14 minutes of play.

“Shereen has been through a lot,” Milligan said about Lightbourne’s three knee surgeries.  “When you call her number, she takes advantage.  Her role is to come in off the bench and spark us.  Tonight was a great example; we are down double-digits and she is diving on the floor to get a steal in the last minute of the game.”

McKenzie, who picked up career rebound 1,000 in the first half, finished with her 37th career ‘double-double and 11th of the season, compiling 11 points and 14 rebounds.

“We played well,” said McKenzie who became only the second Rider women’s player all-time with over 1,000 points and over 1,000 rebounds, joining Bronc Hall of Famer Jessica Beck.  “We just had a couple breakdowns on defense that cost us.  Thinking about the milestone, I’m probably more proud of the rebounds because that’s over 1,000 plays that you have to hustle on and Coach Durkin and Coach Milligan are on me every single day and preach that blue collar kind of play to go after the ball.”

McKenzie has now 1,006 rebounds, 17 behind Beck and her 1,381 points are sixth best all-time at Rider.

Leading 50-46, Marist (16-5, 10-1 MAAC) used a 9-0 run, five points by Emma O’Connor to put the game away, opening up a 13-point lead with 4:31 left.

“The opening four minutes, Marist jumped on us,” Milligan said.  “We cut the lead to four but had a couple of let downs.  You have to make shots and you can’t make any mistakes because Marist takes advantage of every single one.”

O’Connor finished with 23 points and 15 rebounds and she added three assists and a steal in 33 minutes.

Trailing 5-2, Rider went on a 5-0 run, three points by Valiuskyte as the Broncs took a 7-5 lead with 16:54 left.

Trailing by two, Marist went on a 6-0 run, as the Red Foxes went back into the lead 11-7 with 14:16 left in the opening period.

Leading 21-19, Marist went on a 5-0 run, opening up a seven-point lead with 3:08 left in the opening period.

Rider responded by closing the opening half on a 6-0 run, with back to back three-pointers from sophomore Mikal Johnson (Manassas, Va./Osbourn) and Valiuskyte cutting the Red Fox lead to one (26-25) at intermission.

Johnson finished with five points.

Rider was out-rebounded 41-28 .

Marist was a perfect 13 for 13 from the free throw line.

Marist has won 21 straight over the Broncs and the Red Foxes lead the all-time series 36-13.

The teams meet again at Alumni Gymnasium in Lawrenceville on February 21 in Rider's final home game of the season, beginning at 4 p.m.

The Marist women avenged a loss to Rider by the Red Fox men by the same 66-56 score on January 18.

Rider travels to Manhattan on Saturday for a MAAC game at 2pm.

“We have two days to prepare for Manhattan,” said Milligan who saw her squad lose to the Jaspers 50-47 on January 16.  “We defended them pretty well but just didn’t put enough points on the board.”

-RU-

BroncVision
Play
WBB: Let's Meet the Newcomers
Play
WBB MAAC Preview - Milligan - 3/5/15
Play
WBB HL vs. Marist 2/28/15
Play
WBB Senior Day vs. Marist 2/28/15
Play
WBB Postgame vs. Marist 2/28/15
Play
WBB HL vs Quinnipiac 2/26/15
Play
WBB Postgame vs. Quinnipiac 2/26/15
Play
WBB HL vs. Manhattan 2/15/15
Play
WBB Postgame vs. Manhattan 2/15/15
Play
WBB Post Game at Monmouth 2/13/15
Play
WBB HL vs. Saint Peter's 2/10/15
Play
WBB HL vs. Canisius 2/1/15
Play
WBB Postgame vs. Canisius 2/1/15
Play
WBB HL vs. Monmouth 1/16/15
Play
WBB Postgame vs Niagara 1/16/15
Play
WBB HL vs. Fairfield 1/11/15
Play
WBB Post Game vs. Fairfield 1/11/15
Play
WBB HL vs. Monmouth 1/8/15
Play
WBB Postgame vs. Monmouth 01/08/15
Play
WBB Milligan Preview at Manhattan 1/4/15
Play
WBB Milligan Preview 1/2/15 at Saint Peter's
Play
WBB HL vs. UMBC 12/18/14
Play
WBB Postgame vs. UMBC 12/18/14
Play
WBB HL vs. Iona 12/5/14
Play
WBB at LIU Brooklyn Radio Broadcast Full Game 12/2/14
Play
WBB HL vs. Lafayette 11/25/14
Play
WBB Press Conference vs. Lafayette 11/25/14
Play
Rider WBB at Seton Hall Full Game Radio Broadcast 11/14/14
Play
Archive - MBB/WBB Coaches Show - 11/11/14
Play
Midnight MAACness Replay - 10/10/14
Play
WBB 2014-15 Schedule
Play
WBB Post Game vs. Marist 3/9/14
Play
WBB Post Game vs. Fairfield 3/7/14
Play
WBB Post Game vs. Saint Peter's 3/6/14
Play
WBB Postgame vs. Marist - 2/21/14
Play
WBB vs. Marist - Game Replay - 2/21/14
Play
WBB HL vs. Marist 2/21/14
Play
WBB HL vs. Monmouth 2/19/14
Play
WBB vs. Monmouth - Game Replay - 2/19/14
Play
WBB Postgame (Milligan/McKenzie) 2/19/14
Play
WBB - Milligan Preview vs. Iona 2/16/14
Play
WBB HL vs. Niagara 2/9/14
Play
WBB Game Archive 2/9/14 vs. Niagara
Play
WBB Postgame vs. Niagara 2/9/14
Play
WBB Pregame vs. Niagara (Milligan/Mozes) 2/9/14
Play
WBB Radio Broadcast - Iona @ Rider 2/6/14
Play
WBB vs. Iona Cont. HL ESPN 3 - 2/6/14
Play
WBB Postgame vs. Iona 2/6/14
Play
WBB Pregame - Milligan/Nolan vs. Marist 1/29/14
Play
WBB - Post Game Press Conference 1/24/14 vs. Siena
Play
WBB Postgame vs. Quinnipiac 1/21/14 - Milligan
Play
WBB Milligan/Nolan Saint Peter's Preview 1/18/14
Play
WBB HL vs. Manhattan 1/16/14
Play
WBB Full Game Archive vs. Manhattan 1/16/14
Play
WBB Postgame vs. Manhattan 1/16/14
Play
WBB HL vs. Canisius 1/12/14
Play
WBB vs. Saint Peter's HL 1/9/14
Play
WBB Postgame vs. Saint Peter's 1/9/14 - Duggan
Play
WBB Postgame vs. Saint Peter's 1/9/14 - Gillcrease
Play
WBB Postgame vs. Saint Peter's 1/9/14 - Milligan
Play
WBB Postgame at Monmouth 1/5/14
Play
WBB Pregame (Milligan) 1/5/14 at Monmouth
Play
WBB HL vs. Fairfield 12/29/13
Play
WBB Postgame vs. Fairfield 12/29/13 - McKenzie
Play
WBB Postgame vs. Fairfield 12/29/13 - Milligan
Play
WBB vs. CCSU HL 12/21/13
Play
Postgame vs. CCSU - 12/21/13 - McKenzie
Play
Postgame vs. CCSU - 12/21/13 - Milligan
Play
WBB vs. Binghamton 12/14/13 (Radio)
Play
WBB vs. Binghamton Highlights
Play
WBB Postgame vs. Binghamton 12/14/13 - Milligan
Play
WBB Pregame - Milligan/Nolan 11/30/13 vs. Navy
Play
WBB Preview Milligan/Nolan vs. UMBC 11/29/13
Play
WBB vs. Delaware Highlights
Play
WBB Radio Broadcast 11/24/13 vs. Delaware
Play
WBB Postgame vs. Delaware 11/24/13
Play
WBB HL vs. Princeton 11/19/13
Play
WBB Full Game vs. Princeton 11/19/13
Play
WBB Postgame - 11/19/13
Play
WBB Radio Broadcast 11/19/13 vs. Princeton
Play
WBB Audio Broadcast vs. LIU Brooklyn 11/14/13
Play
WBB Postgame vs. LIU Brooklyn - Lashay Banks - 11/14/13
Play
WBB Postgame vs. LIU Brooklyn - Lynn Milligan - 11/14/13
Play
WBB Postgame at Seton Hall - Milligan 11/10/13
Play
WBB Pregame at Seton Hall - Milligan 11/10/13
Play
WBB Pregame Interview Milligan 11/8/13
Play
Midnight MAACness Replay 10/11/13
Play
Midnight MAACness Replay - 10/12/13
Play
13-14 WBB Non-Conf. Sch. Preview
Play
Women's Basketball Alumni Game
Play
WBB 12-13 Season Highlights
Play
WBB vs. Iona HL 3/3/13
Play
WBB HL vs. Siena 3/1/13
Play
WBB Pregame (Milligan) 2/24/13
Play
WBB vs. Fairfield 2/7/13
Play
WBB HL vs. Niagara 2/2/13
Play
WBB vs. Manhattan 1/31/13
Play
WBB HL vs. Manhattan 1/31/13
Play
WBB at Fairfield 1/27/13
Play
WBB vs. Saint Peter's HL 1/24/13
The Campaign
Bronc Vision