La Salle staved off a second-half rally to beat Rider, 55-54, in a women's basketball game yesterday at Alumni Gymnasium in Lawrenceville, N.J.

Tara Lapetina, Danielle Mickiewicz and Ashley Gale (12 rebounds) scored nine points apiece for La Salle (3-7), which led 28-23 at the half. Caitlin Bopp (12 points, 15 rebounds) led Rider (2-7).

The Explorers host Villanova at the Tom Gola Arena tomorrow at 1 p.m.

In another game:

* At Temple, Laura Sweeney and Maria Getty fueled a 44-32 Villanova upset of the Owls. Sweeney (12 points) and Getty (11 points) were instrumental in the second half as the Wildcats (7-2) outscored Temple (9-2), 33-16. Qwedia Wallace's seven points led the Owls.