Dec. 31, 2013
LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - Rider shot a lights out 73.9% in the second half and 58.3% for the game to break free from Siena Women's Basketball 77-63 at the ARC. Kelsey Booth scored a career-high 16 points off the bench in a losing effort for Siena.
MyNeshia McKenzie took over down the stretch for Rider (5-6, 1-1), scoring 18 of her game-high 29 points in the second half. The Broncs shot 28-48 from the field overall including an unbelievable 17-23 in the second half.
The game featured 11 ties and eight lead changes with Rider harboring a 31-29 lead at the break. Despite shooting just 30.3% for the game, Siena (5-6, 0-2) remained close thanks to 23 of their 38 rebounds coming off the offensive glass.
Siena forced Rider, which entered the day ranking fifth nationally in fewest turnovers per game (11.9) to nearly twice their average. The Saints turned 22 Broncs turnovers into 27 points.
But Siena had no answer in the halfcourt for McKenzie and the Broncs. The senior forward went on a 7-0 run of her own to put Rider back on top 44-42 at the 11:55 mark soon after Siena had matched its largest lead of the afternoon.
Booth, who shot 6-9 from the field, nailed a three to give Siena its final lead at 51-50 with 9:17 remaining as the Broncs scored the next six points to reclaim the lead for good. Siena remained within five points with 2:28 left, but Rider scored the final nine points to put a bow on the game.
Mikal Johnson added 16 points for Rider, while Marritta Gillcrease contributed eight points, seven rebounds and five of the Broncs' nine blocks.
Siena returns to action in 2014 when they travel to Manhattan for a 2 p.m. tip Sunday in Riverdale.