The Rider University Women's Basketball program has been awarded the 2020 Hercules Tires Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Championship trophy, the conference has announced. The result comes after the cancellation of the remainder of the 2020 championships due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The 2020 championships were officially cancelled on Thursday, March 12 after the first two days of competition were completed. Rider competed in quarterfinal action, with the Broncs defeating No. 9 Niagara to advance to the semifinals.
Rider finished the season going 26-4 overall with a conference mark of 18-2. The Broncs shared the regular season title with Marist College, splitting the season series with the Red Foxes and winning the tiebreaker to claim the No. 1 seed. The regular season championship marked the first in program history for the Broncs, who clinched a share of the title with a buzzer-beating layup from Amari Johnson against Monmouth University on March 7.
"While this is not the way we wanted to or anticipated winning a championship, I speak for the entire Rider Community in recognizing and appreciating the outstanding play by our women's basketball team throughout this historic season," said Rider Athletic Director Don Harnum. "It is nice to have something so positive to celebrate during these challenging times."
Marist was ranked #5 (26-4) and Rider (26-4) was ranked #11 in the Women's Basketball Mid Major Top 25. The Stags (16-14) split the season series with Marist and lost both games (52-60)(60-68) to Rider.