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Women's Basketball Hits the Road to Face NJIT on Saturday

The tilt with the Highlanders is the final non-conference road game for the Broncs
2017-18 Rider University Women's Basketball
GAME 10: Saturday, December 16, 2017
Rider Broncs (2-7, 0-0 MAAC) at NJIT Highlanders (1-10, 0-0 A-Sun)
Location:
Newark, NJ – NJIT Wellness and Events Center (3,500)
Tip: 1:00 pm
Live Video: ESPN3
Live Stats: SideArm Stats
Twitter: @RiderWBB & @RiderAthletics
Listen: 107.7 The Bronc
Notes: NJIT

What You Need to Know
- Rider returns to action on Saturday, December 16, with a road non-conference clash with in-state foe NJIT. The meeting is the first between the two teams since the 2012-13 campaign. The contest is the final out of league game outside of Lawrenceville for the Broncs this season.   

- NJIT enters the weekend with a 1-10 overall record following a 106-42 win against Division III foe St. Joseph's Brooklyn on Monday evening. Versus the Bears, the Highlanders snapped a 10-game skid to open the season. NJIT is 1-3 at home this season with two of the setbacks decided by seven points or fewer. The balanced offensive attack sees three Highlanders averaging in double figures led by redshirt junior guard Tatianna Torres with over 12 points per game. Redshirt junior Kelly Guarino is pouring in 11 points per contest and senior wing Taj Lewis is scoring better than 10 per tilt. Last time out, Torres netted 27 points to go along with 16 rebounds and eight assists in the rout of St. Joseph's Brooklyn. Freshman guard Ellyn Stoll is the team's biggest threat from three-point range, as she has knocked down 17 shots from beyond the arc.

- NJIT and Rider are playing for the third time in the series history and for the first time since the 2012-13 campaign. The Highlanders and the Broncs have split the first two meetings. Rider took the first-ever contest between the two, 60-50, in Newark in December of 2011 and NJIT won the last game the two played, 53-51, in Lawrenceville in November of 2012. The road team has won both meetings between the two.

- A pair of Rider University women's basketball players earned weekly honors from the MAAC as announced by the league office on Monday afternoon. Senior Kamila Hoskova was named the MAAC Player of the Week and freshman Jaiden Morris was tabbed as the MAAC Rookie of the Week. Hoskova was also honored as the College Sports Madness MAAC Women's Basketball Player of the Week on Monday by the organization. It was the third time in her career she earned that recognition after picking up the distinction twice as a junior. Hoskova picked up weekly accolades from the MAAC for the first time in her career, while Morris garnered rookie of the week distinction for the second time in 2017-18. The duo is the first set of teammates to sweep the MAAC weekly awards this season and the first to do so in the MAAC since a pair of Quinnipiac players in February of 2016. Hoskova and Morris are the second Broncs during Head Coach Lynn Milligan's tenure to sweep the MAAC weekly awards.

- After struggling from the field early in the season, Rider has shot 37.9 percent (22-58), 51.9 percent (28-54) and 45.6 percent (26-57) in their last three games, respectively. Against the Catamounts, the Broncs hit eight three-pointers, versus La Salle the team knocked down 6-of-12 attempts from beyond the arc and last time out they shot a season-best 55.6 percent from three-point range and hit a season-high 10 shots from three-point range.

- Off the bench, freshman Jaiden Morris and sophomore Lexi Stover combined for 20 points on 6-of-13 shooting against Mount St. Mary's. Morris scored in double figures off the bench for the fifth time this season, while Stover tied a career-high with three three-pointers made. In total, the duo was 4-of-7 from beyond the arc versus the Mountaineers.

- Stella Johnson had four steals at Mount St. Mary's. It marked her third straight contest with three or more steals and it was her fifth such game of the season. Johnson opened the year with six steals at home versus Bucknell. She leads the team with 25 steals this season is averaging 2.8 steals per game. She is currently second in the MAAC in both steals and steals per game.

- Kamila Hoskova scored a career-high 32 points on 11-of-20 shooting against Mount St. Mary's. It marked the second time this season that she has topped the 20-point plateau. Hoskova has scored in double figures a team-high eight times and has led the team in scoring in five games. She has a team-best 16.6 points per game and also leads the team in rebounding with over six boards per contest.

- Hoskova currently ranks third in Rider history in free-throw shooting percentage. She is just the third player in program history to knock down over 80 percent of her shots from the charity stripe. She has hit 230-of-287 attempts. She has played in 101 games for the Broncs in her career and has scored over 950 career points. Hoskova is fifth in Rider history in three-point field goal percentage (.343) and currently fifth in field goal percentage (.446). Hoskova has made 21 straight free throws over her last three-plus games.

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