Rider Rallies to Overtake Stags


LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J. – Stella Johnson scored a game-high 35 points including the game-winning lay-up as Rider rallied to overtake the Fairfield University Women's Basketball team 62-59. Three Stags reached double figures with Khadidiatou Diouf leading the way with 16 points and nine rebounds. The Stags enjoyed one of their best shooting games of the season, connecting on 67 percent from 3-point land (6-for-9) and 90 percent of their free throws, helping them control most of the early portion of the game while building a lead by as many as 14. Fairfield led by 14 midway through the third quarter after Casey Foleyswished through a 3-pointer forcing a Rider timeout. The Broncs found their offensive rhythm after the stoppage, ending the third quarter on an 11-2 run and out-scoring the Stags 22-14 in the final quarter. Johnson would tie the game with a 3-pointer knotting the score at 57-57 before hitting a lay-up with 2.8 seconds left to complete the comeback. Fairfield had one more chance at tying the game but the pass inside went wide. The Stags' were at their best when Rider's Amari Johnson went down with her second foul five minutes into the first quarter. Johnson had recorded three steals during that early stretch while the Stags would commit four turnovers. The Stags took advantage, committing just one turnover over the final 15 minutes of the half. Another reason for the decrease in miscues was the precise passing and execution of the Stags. Diouf was the focal point in the second quarter, netting 12 of the team's 20 points including eight-straight to give a 15-12 advantage to the road team.