ALBANY, NY – The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) announced today that Rider University coach Lynn Milligan has been named The Rock MAAC Women’s Basketball Head Coach of the Year after posting a (22-7, 16-4 MAAC) record. Milligan is a unanimous selection for Coach of the Year.
Milligan becomes the first Rider Women’s Basketball head coach to win The Rock MAAC Coach of the Year award. She guided the Broncs to 22 wins overall this season and 16 in conference play. The 22 wins are the most since the program tallied 26 victories in the 1981-82 season and the 16 MAAC wins are the most by a team in Broncs history. Rider is the number two seed in this year’s MAAC Women’s Basketball Championship, its highest seeding in history.
A total of four student-athletes received postseason honors under Milligan in 2016-17. Senior guard Robin Perkins was named the MAAC Women’s Basketball Player of the Year and was the only unanimous selection to the All-MAAC First Team. Junior guard Kamila Hoskova was selected to the All-MAAC Second Team and senior center Julia Duggan received All-MAAC Third Team honors. Freshman guard Stella Johnson was selected to the MAAC All-Rookie Team.
The four student-athletes to receive All-MAAC honors marked a new program record, the Broncs previously had three members selected to All-MAAC Teams in 2012-13, 2001-02, and 1999-2000. Milligan led the Broncs to a MAAC season-high nine-game winning streak that lasted from January 26-February 24.
Rider cracked the College Insider Mid-Major Top 25 Poll for the first time in its program history on January 10. The Broncs are currently ranked No. 23 overall the highest rank in history. On January 19, Milligan earned her 100th win as Broncs’ head coach with a 56-43 win over Saint Peter’s University.
The 2017 MAAC Women’s Basketball Championship game takes place on Monday, March 6 at 5:00 p.m. and will air live on ESPNU with the winner earning the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Championship.
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