Courtesy: MAAC Sports

Rider Advances to MAAC Women’s Basketball Championship Game for First Time in Program History

Courtesy:  MAAC Sports
Release:  March 05, 2017

#2 Rider University – 49 | #3 Fairfield University – 36 | BOX SCORE

2017 Women’s Basketball Semifinals

Times Union Center

Albany, NY

Rider University advances to the 2017 MAAC Women’s Basketball Championship game with a 49-36 defeat of Fairfield University. The Broncs move on to the MAAC Championship game for the first time in program history.

The 2017 MAAC Championship game, takes place tomorrow, Monday, March 6 at 5:00 p.m. Rider takes on No. 1 seeded Quinnipiac University, who advanced to the Championship game with a 64-59 victory over Iona College. The MAAC Championship final airs live on ESPNU.

All-MAAC Third Team member, senior forward Julia Duggan recorded her 12th double-double of the season with 15 points and a career-high 20 rebounds. Duggan’s 20 rebounds were one shy of the MAAC Women’s Basketball Championship record for rebounds in a game, which was set by Canisius College’s Alisa Robinson, who pulled down 21 boards vs. Holy Cross on March 8, 1990. The senior is tied with Iona’s Alexis Lewis for the league’s lead in double-doubles with 12. Duggan has recorded a double-double in five-straight contests.

Junior guard Kamila Hoskova added 11 points and six rebounds for the Broncs. The guard anchored Rider’s defense with a game-high four steals. The Broncs limited the Stags to 33.3 percent shooting from the field and 7.1 percent shooting from behind the arc. They forced 17 turnovers and recorded 10 steals. The Broncs outscored the Stags 24-8 in the fourth quarter and limited them to 23.5% shooting from the field in the fourth.

Rider’s sophomore guard Lexi Posset contributed 11 points on 2-of-5 shooting from the field and 5-of-8 shooting from the free-throw line in 30 minutes of play off the bench.

Fairfield’s red-shirt senior Casey Smith scored a team-high 13 points on 5-of-11 shooting from the field. The All-MAAC Third team selection added three blocks, three assists, and two steals in 36 minutes. Junior forward Kelsey Carey scored six points and grabbed four rebounds for the Stags. Carey was named to the All-MAAC First Team on Monday.

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