No. 18 Women's Hoops Knocks Off Caldwell, 73-63

No. 18 Women's Hoops Knocks Off Caldwell, 73-63

FLUSHING, NY - On Saturday afternoon, senior Mackenzie Rowland continued her stellar early season performance with a game-high 21 points to lead the No. 18 Queens College women's basketball to a 73-63 non-conference win over the Cougars of Caldwell University. With the win, the Knights improved to 4-0 start on the young season, while the Cougars dropped their first game of the season to move to 3-1.

Senior Joya McFarland opened the scoring with a layup to beat past her defenders for the opening bucket. Following a pair of free throws from Karlie O'Driscoll to knot the score at 4-4, the Knights went on a 15-3 run in four minutes.  Highlighted by a hat trick of steals from senior Madison Rowland who had a season-high of nine steals on the day, QC took a 21-7 lead with 2:11 left in the first quarter.

In between the run, Mad. Rowland tied the all-time DII QC women's basketball career scoring record with a jumper at 3:48 following a steal. She overtook the record with another steal and layup 24 seconds later. Led by Kristen Drogsler, the Cougars made a run of their own to close out the first quarter on a 10-5 run as they cut the deficit down to nine, trailing 26-17 at the end of the first quarter.

QC went on a scoring slump in the second quarter as they were outscored 12-6, while shooting 14.3% (2-14 FG) from the field. But the Knights held on defensively to keep the lead (36-30) going into the half as they held the Cougars to 22.2% shooting (4-18 FG).

The Knights bounced back from their second quarter slump to start the third quarter with an 11-0 run, forcing a Cougars timeout as the Knights took a 40-29 lead with 7:50 left. A Kristen Drogsler three-pointer cut the deficit down to eight as Caldwell closed the third quarter with a 15-12 run as QC led 52-44.

The Cougars refused to go away but were never able to cut the deficit below six points. An Andie Lennon layup cut the deficit down to 52-46 with 9:07 left in the fourth quarter. Following freshman Beth Bonin's three-pointer, QC increased its lead back to 10 (59-49) with 6:26 left. McFarland closed out the game with a pair of successful free throws as QC stayed unbeaten on the young season.

Four players scored in double figures, led by Mac. Rowland who scored a game-high 21 points, along with eight rebounds.  McFarland in her first start of the season, scored 11 points shooting 4-6 from the field. Bonin scored 12 points, going 3-4 from long range and Mad. Rowland posted 12 points and nine steals, six rebounds and five assists. Mad. Rowland has swiped 17 steals in the past two games. Drogsler led the Cougars posting 20 points shooting 7-16 from the field, and Sharell Sanders posted 19 points shooting 8-15.

UP NEXT: The Knights return to action on Wednesday, Nov 23 as they travel to Hackensack, N.J. to face the Knights of Fairleigh Dickinson University with tip-off slated for 7:00 pm.