Women’s College Basketball
Rider’s McKenzie 2x Second Team All-MET honoree
NEW YORK, N.Y.—Senior MyNeshia McKenzie of the Rider University women’s basketball team was named to the All-Met Second Team for the second year in a row, it was announced by the Metropolitan Basketball Writers Association Monday morning.
“To be a two-time All-Met player is awesome for MyNeshia,” said head coach Lynn Milligan. “The recognition is the culmination for all the hard work and dedication that she has given this team and Rider University. We are really proud of her but what I’m most proud of is how MyNeshia feels about her teammates and Rider as a whole which transcends all of the accolades that she has received.”
McKenzie (Springfield, Pa./Springfield (Delco)), a two-time All-Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference First Team selection, will be honored at the 81st NIT/MBWA Haggerty Awards dinner on April 22 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 Third Team selection as a sophomore and an All-Rookie Team pick as a freshman, McKenzie was second in the MAAC in scoring (19.5) and rebounding (11.1) as a senior after finishing fourth in the MAAC in scoring and second in the conference in rebounding as a junior.
McKenzie’s rebounding average is 16th best in the nation and her scoring average was 43rd on the national list for 2013-14.
McKenzie graduates as Rider’s all-time rebounder (1,143) while finishing her Rider record 122 game career with 1,619 points, third best on the all-time Bronc scoring list.
A 6-0 guard/forward, McKenzie, in 2012-13, was the first Bronc women’s basketball player to earn First Team All-MAAC honors in Rider’s then 16 seasons in the conference and she is the first player since Bronc Hall of Famer Jessica Beck to earn All-Met recognition.
As a senior, McKenzie started all 32 games and more importantly for Rider, played 1,169 of 1,290 minutes (91 percent) while compiling 19 ‘double-doubles’.
McKenzie helped Rider to a 15-win season for the second year in a row, which is tied for the fifth most wins in the 75-year history of the program.
The Broncs advancing to the MAAC semifinals for the first time ever, before losing to defending champion Marist College.
McKenzie is one of five 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 was named the All-Met Player of the Year. Emma O’Connor from Marist College also earned All-Met First Team honors.
Joining McKenzie on the All-Met Second Team from the MAAC is Joy Adams from Iona College with Katie Cizynski from Fairfield University earning All-Met Third Team recognition.
“Having five players from the MAAC recognized speaks to how great our conference is,” Milligan said. “We have phenomenal players in the league and for Damika to represent this group as Player of the Year, is an unbelievable accomplishment for the group as a whole.”