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Thursday, March 4, 2010

SIena 45, Rider 25

ALBANY, N.Y – The Rider women have had a trying season – one plagued by injuries, distractions and offensive ineptitude.

Thursday, though, the Broncs bottomed out in their season finale.

Rider didn’t just lose to Siena in the MAAC tournament play-in round. The Broncs, playing without injured star Caitlin Bopp (concussion) turned the worst offensive performance in MAAC history.

In a 45-25 loss to the seven-seeded Saints, 10th-seeded Rider struggled to reach double digits by half-time. Rider scored three points in the first minute of the first half but was unthinkably bad the rest of the way, setting the league record for fewest points with two to spare.

“They pretty much held us in check offensively for 40 minutes,” Rider coach Lynn Milligan said.

This game was ugly even by the low standards of the play-in round.

The teams shattered the tournament record for combined points (previously 95) and broke the overall record of 77 with seven points to spare. Rider also broke the 34-year record low of 28 points, which the Broncs set in a loss to Saint Peter’s in 1976.

“Obviously,” Milligan said, “we had trouble putting the ball in the basket today. The looks, credit to Siena’s defense, were rushed and off-balanced. … We didn’t feel good about our shots today, and that obviously cost us.”

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