WOMEN’S BASKETBALL PREVIEW: HAWKS HOST RIDER THURSDAY AFTER TWO OT CONTESTS
Please find full game notes attached.
Rider Broncs (15-6, 9-3 MAAC) at Monmouth Hawks (10-10, 5-6 MAAC)
Despite hitting a program-record 15 three-pointers, Monmouth was outlasted by MAAC opponent Siena in double overtime on January 28, 91-86. Freshman Kayla Shaw scored a career-best 24 points on seven triples, which ranks tied for second all-time for three-pointers made in a game. Classmate Taylor Nason added eight points and career-highs of seven assists, six steals, and 15 rebounds in the loss. Alexa Middleton, another freshman, recorded her second double-double of the season, checking in with 10 points and 10 rebounds on the afternoon. The Hawks have registered their highest rebounding outputs of the season in consecutive overtime games, with 56 coming at Fairfield and 59 coming against Siena. The team will remain home for a 7:00 PM matchup with second-placed Rider on Thursday night.
SCOUTING THE RIDER BRONCS
With a 15-6 overall record and a 9-3 conference record, Rider currently ranks second in the MAAC behind Quinnipiac. The Broncs are coming off a 47-46 buzzer-beating win over Saint Peter’s on Saturday, and are 7-2 in their last nine games. The team is led by senior guard Robin Perkins, whose 17.0 points per game ranks tied for second in the MAAC. Junior guard Kamila Hoskova is scoring 11.8 points per game and grabbing 4.6 rebounds per game. Senior center Julia Duggan leads the team in rebounding at 7.3 per game, while freshman Stella Johnson ranks second in the MAAC with 2.7 steals per game.
ALL-TIME SERIES VS. RIDER
Monmouth and Rider will meet for the 42nd time on Thursday night, with the Hawks leading the all-time series, 28-13. The series began during the 1982-83 season, and Monmouth swept the season series last season. On the road, the Hawks earned the 87-75 win as Dana Carbone scored 13 points and Christina Mitchell added nine points, seven rebounds, and four blocks. Tyese Purvis also hit four threes in the game for 12 points. In West Long Branch, Monmouth defeated the Broncs, 76-61.