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#2 Rider Faces #7 Monmouth in the MAAC Quarterfinals

Courtesy: Rider Sports Information
         
Release: March 02, 2017
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Courtesy: Peter G. Borg (Rider University)
GAME 30 – MAAC Quarterfinals – Friday, March 3, 2017
No. 2 Rider Broncs (22-7, 16-4 MAAC) vs. No. 7 Monmouth Hawks (15-15, 9-11 MAAC)
Location: Albany, NY – Times Union Center (17,500)
Tip: 3:30 pm
Live Video – MAAC.TV
Live Stats – MAACSports.com
Live Audio – 107.7 FM The Bronc
Twitter – RiderAthletics
Tickets – Call 609-209-5692 or email voorhees@rider.edu
MAAC Championship Homepage – MAACSports.com
Postgame Press Conference – MAAC.TV

- Rider and Monmouth are meeting for the 44th time, with the Hawks owning a 28-15 lead in the series history. Monmouth enters the game having won three straight games, highlighted by a victory over No. 10 seed Manhattan in the first round of the MAAC Tournament. Rider swept the regular season series against the Hawks this season. In their last meeting, Bronc senior Julia Duggan and junior Kamila Hoskova both recorded double-doubles.

- Last time out, Fairfield topped Rider, 53-49, in the regular season finale. The setback snapped the Broncs nine-game conference winning streak. Rider saw its fourth-quarter rally come up just short as the Stags were victorious and secured the No. 3 seed in the MAAC Tournament.

- The women’s basketball team saw four players earn All-MAAC honors as announced on Monday afternoon by the league office. Senior guard Robin Perkins landed on the first team, junior guard Kamila Hoskova was named Second Team All-MAAC, senior center Julia Duggan received third-team distinction and freshman guard Stella Johnson earned All-Rookie team honors. Perkins was the only unanimous 1st Team selection in the league and Johnson was a unanimous selection to the All-Rookie Team. Perkins is now a finalist for Player of the Year and Johnson is a finalist for Rookie of the Year.

- The four players earning All-MAAC honors is a new program record for Rider as the team saw three players receive league-wide distinction in 2012-13, 2001-02 and 1999-2000. The four players honored by the league is the most by any team in the conference this year.

- Rider is looking to snap a three-game losing streak in the conference postseason tournament. The last win for the Broncs came in the Semifinals during the 2013-14 campaign. Each of the last two seasons the team has lost in the first round. Rider is looking to advance to the MAAC Tournament Semifinals for the first time since 2014 and just the second time in program history.

- 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.

- The win last Friday was the 22nd 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 22 wins against Division I opponents is the most in a single season in program history as well. The 16 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 third time since entering the league. Rider’s No. 2 seed is also the best in the program history heading into the MAAC Tournament.  

- 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.

- Two weeks ago, the Broncs re-entered the CollegeInsider.com Women’s Mid-Major Top-25 Poll at No. 24 and last week they moved up one spot to No. 23. This week the team remained No. 23

- Rider is 8-2 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 17-1 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 of their last five conference games when trailing at halftime.

- In early January, 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 fourth in the MAAC in scoring with 15.5 points per game. Perkins is 10 points away from 10th-place in program history.  

- Julia Duggan recorded her team-leading 10th double-double of the season last time out. She scored 13 points on 5-of-11 shooting to go along with 10 rebounds. Hoskova is the only other Bronc to record a double-double this season and she has three, highlighted by two in her last four appearances. Duggan currently ranks sixth in program history with 786 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 18 games. Duggan also has poured in over 930 career points.

- Stella Johnson has been on a tear lately on both ends of the court. She has scored in double figures in six of her last eight games. Johnson has also recorded five steals in three of the last seven contests. Versus Monmouth last Tuesday, she had a career-high three blocks. 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 and leads all freshmen in steals with 2.8 per game.    

- Rider currently ranks in the top-three in seven different statistical categories in the conference. The team is second in the MAAC in field-goal percentage (.410), scoring margin (+5.6) and field-goal percentage defense (.375). The Broncs are also third in steals per game (9.9), three-point field-goal percentage defense (.293), turnover margin (+1.45) and scoring offense (65.8).  

- The Broncs have three different players that rank in the top-five in the MAAC in different statistical categories. Perkins is fourth in points per game (15.5) and fifth in three-pointers made per game (2.1), Stella Johnson is second in field-goal percentage (.511) and third in steals (2.8) and Duggan is tie for second in rebounding (8.1).
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