By Michael O’Brien
What was once an amazing start to a promising season for the Rider Women’s Basketball team has now turned in the wrong direction since losing Senior Ali Heller to a torn ACL. Many students on campus thought that this would merely be a bump in the road for the Broncs. However, things might spiral out of control quickly if they are not cautious.
The team was dealt another blow this week when it was revealed that junior Sironda Chambers, who had performed very well in her first season since transferring to Rider this past fall, has been declared academically ineligible. She was suspended for the remainder of the season.
The loss of Chambers now opens a position in the starting lineup at guard which for the time being will likely be shared by junior Dior Brown and sophomore MyNeshia McKenzie. Although McKenzie has been one of the better shooters on the team, Brown could easily insert herself into the spotlight. She has fully recovered from a season ending shoulder injury that she acquired last year. Dior was also a force on defensive side before her injury, leading the team in steals.
The Broncs will hope to have luck on their side as they begin a four game road-trip, beginning today at Niagara. The Broncs will also see action at Canisius, Fairfield and Loyola (MD). The Broncs dropped a tough game against Siena on Sunday despite a career high 18 points from freshman Emily Fazzini. The Broncs are hoping to turn things around on this roadtrip, especially on the glass where the Broncs were outrebounded 42-28 by the Saints.
As Head Coach Lynn Milligan said after the game against Siena, the team’s main goal is to take both games this weekend and then focus on the other two games. The upcoming road trip will be demanding for the Broncs, yet they go into it with a positive outlook and with a goal to be reached.