WRITTEN BY JUSTIN WORSLEY
Rider’s Alie Heller scored 26 points off the bench as the Broncs defeated the St. Francis college women’s basketball team 68-48 on Wednesday night.
The Terriers (1-5) were unable to stop Rider’s (3-2) offense, which featured three players who scored in double digits, but two players on the team did reach career milestones.
Freshmen Kelly Myers and Eildh Simpson both scored their first collegiate points in the second half of the game. Myers connected off of a second-chance rebound in the paint while Simpson drained a three-pointer late in the game. Myers finished with four points and four rebounds.
Guard Sironda Chambers got the ball rolling early for Rider, scoring the team’s first six points before the Broncs broke the game open with a 12-2 run. During the run, Heller scored eight points, including two of her six three-pointers.
The Lady Terriers tried to claw their way back in the game, but another shot from beyond the arc by Heller helped extend Rider’s lead. Rider shot 8-for-18 from three-point range , including a first half in which they went 6-for-12.
Rider went on an 11-1 run early in the second half to put themselves up 58-33. The Broncs did not trail at any point of the game and the game was never tied.
Jaymee Vaney scored a team-high 15 points for the Lady Terriers and nabbed six rebounds, also a team-high.
St. Francis travels to Wagner (1-5) on Saturday to open the NEC schedule while Rider goes to Washington D.C. to take on no. 20 Georgetown (5-2.)