WOMEN’S BASKETBALL FALLS TO RIDER IN MAAC QUARTERFINALS, 67-51
Rider Broncs (23-7) – 67
Monmouth Hawks (15-16) – 51
ALBANY, NY – Using a 16-0 run and outscoring the Hawks 16-2 in the third quarter, Rider pulled away from the Monmouth University women’s basketball to advance to the MAAC Semifinals on Friday afternoon, 67-51. The Hawks conclude their season with a 15-16 record and advanced to the MAAC quarterfinals for the fourth straight season since entering the league. Rider’s Julia Duggan recorded 19 points and 15 rebounds in the win, and has racked up 37 points and 34 rebounds in the last two meetings with Monmouth. Rosa Graham led the Hawks in scoring with nine points and added a team-high four assists. The Hawks season comes to an end after shattering the program record for three-pointers made in a season with 271, and freshman Kayla Shaw ends the year with 93 three-pointers, which set the individual single-season program record. The team pulled down 1,300 rebounds on the season, which is the most since 1984-85 and ranks third in program history.
NOTES AND QUOTES
“I just didn’t feel like we had our best game today. A lot of credit goes to Rider because they had a great defensive game plan. It hurts to leave a tournament knowing you haven’t played your best. We missed a lot of easy shots and free throws that came at key moments, which would’ve kept us in the game. Rider made our jump shooters penetrators, and made our post players jump shooters. They did a great job taking away what we were trying to do. Because of that, we started to do some things that were uncharacteristic of us.” - Monmouth head coach Jenny Palmateer
-The teams went back and forth throughout the first quarter, and Rider ended the frame with a 13-12 lead. Alaina Jarnot scored five points in the quarter to lead the Hawks.
-Using a 7-0 run in the second quarter, Rider took a 13-point lead with 3:19 left. Kamila Hoskova compiled 11 points for the Broncs on 3-3 from beyond the arc.
-McKinzee Barker drilled a three with less than 10 seconds remaining in the first half, pulling Monmouth within single digits at the break. Rider took a 38-30 lead at halftime.
-Rider took control in the third quarter, going on a 16-0 run in the quarter and outscoring Monmouth 16-2. The Hawks did not score for the last 8:20 of the frame.
-The Broncs stayed in control through the fourth quarter, eventually taking the 67-51 win. Rider built its largest lead with 3:59 left in the game at 25 points.
-After recording 18 points and 19 rebounds against the Hawks on February 21, Julia Duggan recorded another double-double with 19 points and 15 rebounds.
-Senior Christina Mitchell ends her Monmouth career second in program history with 817 career rebounds, third in games played with 124, and fourth in blocks with 150.
-Monmouth’s bench outscored the opponent’s bench for the 29th time in 31 games, taking the 28-19 advantage on Friday.
-Rider led for 35:05 of the contest, and Monmouth led for just 3:29.
-The Broncs shot 16-19 (84.2%) from the free throw line, and Monmouth went 8-16 (50.0%).
-A day after Monmouth took the 21-0 advantage over Manhattan in second-chance points, Rider took the 18-9 advantage on Friday.
-All 13 Hawks saw the floor once again, with nine playing at least 16 minutes.