Broncs Add Three
Women’s College Basketball
Rider Adds Three More
LAWRENCEVILLE—Lynn Milligan, head coach of the Rider University women’s basketball team has announced the addition of three more players, bringing the recruit class to six newcomers for the Broncs.
Asyana’e Muwwakkil and Safie Tolusso join the squad, beginning this fall with Lea Favre eligible for the 2017-18 season due to NCAA transfer rules.
"This past spring has been a huge success for our program," said Milligan who is beginning her 10th season as the Bronc head coach. “My staff has worked tirelessly to bring in three more quality student athletes to join our Lady Bronc family. These young ladies represent what we are always looking for to wear the Rider uniform.”
A 5-10 guard from Vevey, Switzerland, Tolusso attended Honore d'Estinne d'Orves and appeared in five games over three seasons for Cavigal Nice in France.
“Safie is an extremely versatile guard who can score and create,” Milligan said. “She has a tremendous amount of international experience that will be a great advantage for her. She has the ability to play multiple guard positions and create mismatches.”
A Trenton, New Jersey native and 6-2 forward/center from Pemberton High School in South Jersey via Rowan College of Burlington County, Muwwakkil comes to Rider as a junior.
At RCBC, Muwwakkil averaged 11.9 points and 9.3 rebounds per game in 19 games as a sophomore after averaging 4.1 points and 3.6 rebounds per game in 20 games as a freshman.
“Asyana’e will bring us immediate size, depth and a bigger presence inside,” said Milligan. “She has the ability to score around the block and defend and alter shots with her length.”
A 6-0 forward, also from Vevey, Switzerland (Lycee Jeanne d'Arc High School), Favre comes to Lawrenceville as a transfer from the University of Nevada, Reno after appearing in 25 games for the Wolf Pack, averaging five minutes a game as a freshman.
“Lea is a smaller post with great ability to play facing the basket or with her back to the basket,” Milligan said. “She will bring toughness and energy to our post group and will be very instrumental in the day to day preparation of our post players while she sits out her transfer year.”
Last November, Milligan announced the addition of Stella Johnson, Tracey Goodman and Zhane Barnes.
“When you combine these three players with our early signings of Tracey, Zhane and Stella, we couldn't be more pleased with the direction and makeup of this year’s team,” Milligan added.
Rider returns nine letterwinners from a squad that lost in the opening round of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference playoffs in overtime.