Rider Game Notes
PHILADELPHIA--The Penn women’s basketball team will make the short trip up I-95 to take on Rider at the Alumni Gymnasium in Lawrenceville, N.J., Sunday. Game time is set for 2 p.m. This is the sixth meeting for the teams with Penn leading the series 4-1.
Last season, the Quakers logged a convincing 66-38 victory over the Broncs. Ashley Gray marked a double-double in the game while Joey Rhoads put up 19 points. The Red and Blue went on a 14-0 run early in the first half and did not let their lead slip under double-digits for the remainder of the game.
This season, Penn opened its season with an exciting game at Lehigh. Despite controlling much of the action Thursday, the Quakers were unable to extend their lead to more than six points, allowing the Mountain Hawks to make one last bid at the victory. Lehigh made four free throws in the final two minutes to go ahead by one, but sophomore Maggie Burgess notched her only points of the game--on her only attempt of the game--with 15 seconds left on the clock to give Penn a 54-53 win to start the season.
Senior leadership played an important role with tri-captains Rhoads, Monica Naltner and Lauren Pears dominating the stats. Rhoads and Naltner co-led the Red and Blue with 18 points apiece. Pears anchored the Quaker defensive effort in a career night. Her six rebounds (five defensive) and eight assists set career game-highs for the guard who was sidelined with an injury last season. Pears also led the team with five steals.
Rider is 0-2 after facing Rice and Monmouth. The Broncs fell 92-57 to Rice, the team picked to finish at the top of Conference USA. Against Monmouth, Friday night, Rider found its self on the wrong end of an 82-70 decision. The Broncs outscored their opponent in the second half, but it was not enough to overcome the first-frame deficit.
Leading Rider in scoring this season is Janele Henderson with 31 points and four steals. Shaunice Parker currently leads the Broncs’ in rebounding with seven boards and has also scored in double-digits with 11 points.