By Shanna O’Mara
The women’s basketball team, led by junior guard Robin Perkins, defeated Manhattan 56-49 on Feb. 28 to conclude the regular season.
Perkins recorded 22 points throughout the game, sinking four three-pointers. She recently earned Second Team All-MAAC for the season by averaging 15.1 ppg, good enough for third-best in the conference.
The Jaspers (14-15, 11-9 MAAC) led by four points at the end of the first period, but the Broncs had a 10-4 burst which put them ahead 22-18 at the half.
Rider (8-21, 5-15 MAAC) went on to rack up nine straight points in the third quarter — three by Perkins and two each from senior guard Manon Pellet, junior center Julia Duggan and sophomore C’quoya Haughton.
Pellet said the team was reenergized coming out of gate after halftime.
“In the third quarter, we came back from the locker room with a lot of energy and were able to go from a four-point lead to a 10-point lead,” Pellet said.
Rider led 31-20 with 6:31 left in the period. Over the next five minutes, the Jaspers went on a 15-7 run to cut the lead to three.
Throughout the game, the Jaspers were led by junior guard Crystal Ross, who had 14 points and 13 rebounds, and senior forward Amani Tatum, who recorded 11 points.
Leading 43-39 with 5:03 left in the game, Perkins scored nine straight points to take the lead, 52-39. With less than 40 seconds left, Rider went 4 for 4 from the free throw line, defeating Manhattan.
“Robin Perkins had some great offensive plays that helped us in offense, and we had big stops in defense,” Pellet said.
Sophomore guard Kamila Hoskova had seven points and four rebounds.
Heading into the MAAC Championships, this win ignited the team after a tough loss to Monmouth on Feb. 25.
Rider led 10-7 with help from Perkins and freshman guard Lexi Posset, but the Hawks (12-16, 10-9 MAAC) scored 25 of the next 31 points to quickly take a lead.
“We started the game really well with great defensive stops, but the second quarter is what cost us,” Pellet said. “We turned the ball over, and they were successful in their transition game. We fought to come back in the second half, but we came back short.”
Monmouth won 76-61, despite Hoskova recording an impressive 14 points.
The 10th-seeded Broncs will play seventh-seeded Siena in the first round of the MAAC Tournament on March 3 at the Times Union Center.