By Kim Leder
The women’s basketball team’s struggles continued against Princeton and Fordham, losing both games and causing them to drop to 0-7 on the season.
The Broncs entered the court ready to be introduced to their cross-town rivals. Breaking out to give Rider an early lead was junior Sarah Homan and freshman MyNeshia McKenzie with nine points each. McKenzie also added nine rebounds.
But the Tigers (5-2) quickly shot back, taking an 11-2 lead until sophomore Dior Brown and Homan cut the lead to 13-6. Brown produced four points and five rebounds in only 29 minutes of play.
Princeton then went on a 24-11 run and ended the first half with a 42-22 lead.
The second half began with the Tigers scoring 12 straight and keeping the pressure coming, putting a 40-point gap between them and the Broncs with only 8:47 remaining in the game. Sophomore Shereen Lightbourne then cut the deficit to 34 with two free throws with the clock at 5:27, finishing her afternoon with six points in 31 minutes.
Rider’s shooting from the three-point range was 0-8, which broke a 104 game three-point goal streak. The last time the Broncs struggled that badly from three-point range was a 0-13 performance at Siena on Jan. 2, 2007.
“Our game versus Princeton was obviously disappointing,” said head coach Lynn Milligan. “We didn’t get it done on the defensive end and got beat on the boards. We have to be a good defensive team and win [that] battle to be successful.”
On Wednesday night, the team came home to the Bronc Zoo to face off against Fordham (6-4), which resulted in a 67-55 loss.
Homan collected 14 points and eight rebounds to lead Rider. Shortly after, the Broncs scored in double figures when freshman Alicia Hall scored 15 points and Lightbourne added 11. Homan made her first three field goal attempts, giving Rider an 8-7 lead.
“Alicia Hall played a solid game at point guard,” said Milligan.
Unfortunately, Fordham didn’t let the Broncs take home a victory, as they made eight foul shots in the final 1:02 to seal the victory.
McKenzie added five points and 10 rebounds during her 32 minutes off the bench.
Rider was without its leading scorer, sophomore Caitlin Bopp, who was sidelined with a sprained ankle she suffered in practice the day before. Her presence inside was sorely missed. She is close to averaging a double-double, with eight points per game and 9.5 rebounds per game.
“We played a great 30 minutes but unfortunately the game is 40,” said Milligan. “We are not satisfied with just playing a good 30 but [were] pleased with the steps we took forward, especially since Caitlin Bopp was unable to play due to injury.”
Rider hosts the 11th-ranked team in the nation in Georgetown (7-2) on Saturday at 2 p.m.