Lawrenceville, N.J. (November 17, 2018) – Stella Johnson recorded a triple-double with 35 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists on Saturday afternoon, as she led Rider to an 85-67 victory over Mount St. Mary's at Alumni Gymnasium.
Stella Johnson went 14-of-19 from the field and 6-of-8 from three-point territory, while also adding six steals during her career performance. Amari Johnson registered 28 points on 10-of-16 shooting to go along with seven rebounds to help pace the Broncs.
Daly Sullivan shot 8-of-15 from the floor and 4-of-7 from deep to lead Mount St. Mary's with a 20-point effort, which was the third 20-plus point game of her career. Jatarrikah Settle, coming off a career-high 19 points last time out at Duquesne, added 15 points on 7-of-14 shooting. Juliette Lawless chipped in with 10 points and six assists.
Rider shot 60.7-percent as a team and registered a 10-for-21 (.476) mark from long range, while the Mount posted a 44.1-percent from the field and also went 10-of-21 (.476) from deep. The Mountaineers forced 19 Broncs turnovers in the contest, but were outrebounded by a 32-23 margin.
Stella Johnson scored Rider's first nine points of the game, staking the Broncos out to a 9-2 lead and forcing Mount St. Mary's to take an early timeout. Rider opened its largest advantage of the quarter, 23-9, at the 1:51 mark, but the Mount answered with the final six points of the frame, including four from Settle, to close the gap to 23-15 heading into the second. Rider shot 78.6-percent as a team in the opening quarter.
Rider (1-3) built its lead back to double-digits early in the second, and opened its largest lead of the half at 37-20 with 4:01 on the clock. A layup from Lawless followed by a three from Michaela Harrison late in the period helped the Mountaineers cut into the Rider lead, but the Broncs still took a 39-26 advantage to the locker room.
Mount St. Mary's (1-3) shot 35.5-percent in the first half, compared to a 63-percent mark from Rider. Both teams struggled with ball security, combining for 24 turnovers in the half. Stella Johnson recorded 12 points, seven assists and six rebounds in the half for the Broncs, while Settle led the Mountaineers with nine points and a pair of assists.
The Mount came out of the break clicking on the offensive end, scoring the first seven points of the third quarter. Settle got the first bucket on a back-cut off a nice feed from Lawless. Sullivan drained a deep three from the wing on the Mount's next possession, before Lawless found Settle down low once again to bring the Mount within six, 39-33.
The Mountaineers cut the deficit to four, 47-43, at the midway mark of the third, bringing them the closest they had been since the opening minutes of the first quarter. Rider responded with back-to-back threes from Stella Johnson and Amari Johnson to increase its lead back to double-digits, before pushing the advantage to 65-48 at the end of the third.
Stella Johnson knocked down a three from the corner for the first points of the fourth, as she increased the Broncs lead to 20 points, 68-48. The Mount couldn't cut the deficit below 17 points for the remainder of the contest, as Rider closed out the 85-67 victory.
The Mountaineers return to action on November 24 at home vs. Towson at 1 p.m.