Women’s College Basketball
Rider’s McKenzie, Duggan Honored by the MAAC
McKenzie Also Honored by ECAC and CollegeSportsMadness.com
EDISON—Senior MyNeshia McKenzie and freshman Julia Duggan of the Rider University women’s basketball team were honored by the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference on Monday, as the Player and Rookie of the Week for all games played February 3-9.
McKenzie (Springfield, Pa./Springfield (Delco)) was also recognized as the CollegeSportsMadness.com MAAC Player of the Week for the third time this season and she also earned the Corvias Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Metro-Upstate Division I Player of the Week accolade.
McKenzie led Rider to a 2-0 week, including a MAAC win over previously undefeated (in conference play) Iona College.
In the February 6 game against the Gaels, which was the MAAC National Game of the Week, presented by Pepsi MAX on ESPN 3, McKenzie scored a Rider record 37 points and pulled down 19 rebounds as the Broncs broke the 18-game Gael winning streak with a 92-90 overtime victory.
"What a great week ‘Mac’ had,” said head coach Lynn Milligan. “We had two really tough games. She led her team the way a senior is suppose to in February. Her performance against Iona was one for the ages.”
Against Niagara University on February 9, McKenzie again scored a ‘double-double’, the 40th of her career, compiling 20 points and 11 rebounds as Rider won its third in a row, 82-72 over the Purple Eagles.
“MyNeshia is understanding the sense of urgency that she needs to play with and her team is following her,” Milligan said. “You saw in the Niagara game she was tired but she willed herself to another great game and her teammates had her back and they really stepped up and took the pressure off."
For the week, McKenzie averaged 28.5 points and 15.0 rebounds while playing 84 of a possible 85 minutes.
McKenzie is fourth on Rider’s all-time scoring list and she became the all-time leading rebounder at Rider against the Gaels with 4:32 left in the opening half.
A MAAC Player of the Year candidate, McKenzie has 1,454 points and 1,046 rebounds in her 113-game Rider career. For the season, McKenzie is averaging 20.0 points and 11.3 rebounds, while averaging 37 minutes per game.
McKenzie is second in the MAAC in scoring and 34th in the nation and she is second in the conference in rebounding and 15th nationally.
Duggan (Marmora/Ocean City), a conference All-Rookie candidate, shot 70 percent from the field this past week and averaged 9.0 points and 3.5 rebounds while playing only 12.5 minutes per game.
“Jules had a great week,” Milligan said. “She has adjusted to her new role as a starter very well. She is working hard on the block on defense and offense. She has a great touch on her jumper and is finishing around the basket and she is playing her best basketball of the season which is hard to do in February as a freshman.”
Against Niagara, Duggan was six for seven from the field and scored 13 points while adding four rebounds in Rider’s 10-point victory, a game that wasn’t decided until the final two minutes with the Broncs ending the contest on a 10-1 run.
This is the second time this season that McKenzie and Duggan have earned conference honors.
Rider travels to Bridgeport, Connecticut to face Fairfield on Thursday at 6.p.m., in a game that will seen on ESPN 3.