Rider prepares for season opener at Stony Brook

Graduate student Carleigh Brown will look to be a key factor for the Broncs this season as they open the year against Stony Brook.

By Steve Sica

The women’s basketball team begins its season on the road against Stony Brook on Friday, Nov. 9 and returns to the Broncs’ Zoo on Monday, Nov. 12 to face NJIT.

Head Coach Lynn Milligan is excited for the season to start and get back to work.

“You are always anxious at the beginning of the season as you prepare for games,” Milligan said. “[But] overall, we feel very good heading into the year.”

Milligan believes that preparing for early season games is difficult because of the lack of knowledge about the opponents.

“The first couple of games are always a challenge,” Milligan said. “There is limited scouting information this early in the season so we feel if we focus on us, and particularly our defense, we will give ourselves a chance to win.”

The players are also optimistic about what this season has in store for them.

“Our team has one advantage this year that we didn’t last year and that is experience,” graduate student forward Carleigh Brown said. “We have a lot of experienced upperclassmen this year.”

Last season, the Broncs went 11-15 and 3-15 in the MAAC.

With scouting reports tough to come by, Milligan and the Broncs are approaching these two games with a clear mind, ready to start the year on the right foot.

“We are preparing for our first games the same as we would any other game,” Brown said. “We focus in on parts of the game that are essential to beating each team. We also work on knowing some of the personnel of our opponents.”

Brown has spent a lot of time working on different aspects of her game during the offseason.

“Throughout the offseason I have worked very hard on my jump shot,” Brown said. “I’ve also been gaining the confidence I need in myself to take the shots during the game.”

Brown feels that all of her hard work will help her team on the court.

“This translates into our offense very well,” Brown said. “The more outside shots I make, the more open our inside game will be and our post offense is one of our strengths.”

Milligan wants to see how her group of players translates on the court after the hard work they have put in during the offseason.

“It is always exciting to see the veteran players grow,” Milligan said. “We have a good group of freshmen who are working very hard as well. The exciting part is to see all of them come together.”

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