Despite the scoreboard reading 70-57 in favor of Rider, women’s basketball gave the Broncs a true test for forty minutes on Thursday night.
The game was knotted at twenty at the end of the first quarter, and at the half Rider gained the edge, but by the slimmest of margins as they led, 37-36. Some separation began to occur at the end of the third, as the Broncs advanced to a 55-50 advantage.
The fourth quarter is where the tide truly turned, as Rider outscored Canisius 15-7 to win their 11th straight victory, 70-57. Rider’s efforts were spearheaded by a 33-point outing from senior guard Stella Johnson, who dominated on both sides of the ball with seven steals as well. She also led the team in assists with five and tied for the most overall rebounds with 10 on the night.
Johnson is the nation’s leading scorer in points per game, and the all-time leading scorer in Rider women’s basketball history. Other significant contributors for the Broncs of Lawrenceville, New Jersey included senior forward Amari Johnson who chipped in 12 points, and senior forward Lea Favre who offered 10 of her own.
The Griffs were steadied by senior guard D’Jhai Patterson-Ricks’ 25 points, and redshirt senior forward AJ Timbers’ 10 points. Junior forward Danielle Sanderlin corralled 10 overall rebounds to serve as a presence on the boards. She also led the team in steals on the night with three.
The loss dropped Canisius to 2-14 on the season, and the Blue and Gold will host the St. Peter’s Peacocks on Saturday for a tipoff at 2 p.m.