Winter break woes for women

By Aliyaah Lindsey

The women’s basketball team lost 11 out of the 12 games it played between Dec. 28 and Jan. 30.

The team began its losing streak Dec. 28 and 29 at the Hawk Classic against Central Michigan and Maryland Baltimore County in Philadelphia.

Rider’s (4-17) losses continued in the following five games, against MAAC rivals Marist, Quinnipiac, Niagara and Fairfield.

The lone win was against Siena on Jan. 17. The Broncs won 70-58, and the win gave Siena its first MAAC loss.

Junior center Julia Duggan scored 13 points and 11 rebounds, her fourth double-double of the season. Sophomore forward C’Quoya Haughton scored a career-high of 16 points with six rebounds. This win ended a six-game losing streak for the Broncs, and a six-game winning streak for Siena.

The Broncs trailed early in the game against Manhattan when the Jaspers opened on a 7-0 run, and took an early lead 12-2. However, by the half, Rider came within six points to cut the scoring deficit, but ultimately lost 74-70.

In 17 minutes, freshman forward Johnnah Johnson had a career-high of 10 points. Duggan ended the game with nine points, eight rebounds and two blocks.

In a 63-56 loss to Fairfield on Jan. 28, the Broncs were out-shot 45 percent to 38 percent.

Junior guard Robin Perkins’ 19 points weren’t enough to defeat Fairfield. Duggan finished with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

Midway through the third quarter, it seemed as though the Broncs would have a chance at victory by cutting the deficit to 34-30. Fairfield, however, had a 9-0 run of its own to increase its lead and ultimately take the win.

On Jan. 30, the Broncs fell short 74-56. Marist came out strong, outscoring the Broncs 25-8.

Perkins was held only to 5 points on the evening. Haughton expressed her frustrations, but is ready to help her team in any way possible.

“Saturday was frustrating for me, because I couldn’t stay on my feet and I found myself tired,” Haughton said. “On the other hand, I felt relieved to be back on the court and playing again. I’m glad to be back and to help my team in every way possible.”

Rider will host Iona at Alumni Gym on Feb. 7 in hopes to end its losing streak.

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