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Rider Squares Off With Monmouth on Tuesday at Home

Courtesy: Rider Sports Information
         
Release: February 20, 2017
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Courtesy: Peter G. Borg (Rider University)
GAME 27 – Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Rider Broncs (20-6, 14-3 MAAC) vs. Monmouth Hawks (12-14, 7-10 MAAC)
Location: Lawrenceville, NJ – Alumni Gymnasium (1,650)
Tip: 7:00 pm

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-Rider and Monmouth are meeting for the 43rd time, with the Hawks owning a 28-14 lead in the series history. The Broncs took the earlier meeting between the two teams this season, 71-69, at the OceanFirst Bank Center. Rider erased a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit by holding Monmouth to just five points over the final 3:02 of regulation. Robin Perkins delivered the late-game heroics once again, hitting a pair of free-throws with 3.7 seconds left in regulation to lead the Broncs past the Hawks. It marked the second game in a row that Rider had won on its final possession.    

- Last time out, sophomore guard Lexi Posset set new career highs in points and assists with 23 and seven, respectively to power the Rider University women’s basketball team past visiting Marist, 65-46 on Valentine’s Day. Junior Kamila Hoskova was the other Bronc in double figures, scoring 22 and adding 10 rebounds to pick up the second double-double of her career and the season. Rider opened the second half with on an 8-2 run thanks to a pair of three-pointers from Posset to stretch their lead to 13 at 37-24. In the third quarter, Rider outscored Marist, 23-10. This season, the Broncs are outscoring conference by 49 points coming out of halftime.

- Two weeks ago, Hoskova was named the College Sports Madness MAAC Women’s Basketball Player of the Week. It marked the second time this season that she has earned the honor after receiving the distinction back on January 9. Hoskova averaged over 16 points and eight rebounds per game as Rider went 2-0 in MAAC play last week to move into a tie for first-place in the league standings.  

- The win last Tuesday was the 20th of the season for Rider. That is the most victories by the Broncs under Head Coach Lynn Milligan and the most for the program since the team won 26 games during the 1981-82 season. The 20 wins against Division I opponents is the most in a single season in program history as well. The 14 MAAC wins are also the most under Milligan in a season and in program history. The team will also finish above .500 in conference for the first time since entering the league.  

- For the first time in program history, the Rider University women’s basketball team was named to the CollegeInsider.com Women’s Mid-Major Top-25 Poll as announced by the committee on January 10. The CollegeInsider.com Women’s Mid-Major Top-25 is now in its seventh season of existence and is voted on by a panel of 31 coaches from across the country. The Broncs entered the poll at No. 25.

- Last week, the Broncs re-entered the CollegeInsider.com Women’s Mid-Major Top-25 Poll at No . 24.

- Rider is 8-1 on the road in conference play this season, highlighted by a pair of one-point wins against Canisius and Siena. The Broncs have also scored double-digit triumphs versus Manhattan, Niagara, Marist, Saint Peter’s and Iona. The team had won six straight away from Lawrenceville in league play before a setback against Quinnipiac on January 21. 

- Rider is 15-1 when leading at halftime this winter. They had won their first 11 games before the Fairfield loss on January 14. The Broncs have won four straight conference games when trailing at halftime thanks to Sunday’s come-from-behind win against Canisius.

- In early January, Robin Perkins sank a free throw at Siena for her 1,000th point at Rider. She is the 20th player in program history to reach the milestone. She currently has 1,150 points as a Bronc and is third in the MAAC in scoring with 16.2 points per game. Perkins is 10 points away from 10th-place in program history.  

- Julia Duggan recorded her team-leading seventh double-double of the season At Iona. She scored 14 points on 5-of-14 shooting to go along with 12 rebounds. Hoskova is the only other Bronc to record a double-double this season with two. Her latest came against the Red Foxes last Tuesday. Duggan currently ranks sixth in program history with 746 career rebounds. For her career she is averaging over six rebounds per game and this season she has pulled down more than seven boards in 15 games. Duggan also has poured in 885 career points.

- Stella Johnson has been on a tear lately on both ends of the court. She has scored in double figures in four of her last five games. Johnson has also recorded five steals in two of the last four contests. This season, she has registered four or more steals in a game nine times. Earlier in the year, she had a season-high eight steals in a win against Lafayette. She currently ranks third in the conference in steals with 2.8 per game.    

- Rider currently ranks in the top-three in eight different statistical categories in the conference. The team is tops in the MAAC in field-goal percentage (.414). The Broncs are second in the league in scoring margin (+5.1), field-goal percentage defense (.375) and three-point field-goal percentage defense (.285). Rider is also third in free-throw percentage (.730), scoring offense (66.3), steals per game (9.9) and turnover margin (+1.27).  

- The Broncs have two different players that rank in the top-five in the MAAC in different statistical categories. Perkins is fourth in points per game (16.2) and fifth in three-pointers made per game (2.2), while Johnson is fourth in field-goal percentage (.500) and third in steals (2.8).
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