Knights Cruise Over UDC in Holiday Hoops

Knights Cruise Over UDC in Holiday Hoops

FLUSHING, NY – MacKenzie Rowland led all players with 26 points and 11 rebounds and Madison Rowland fell just short of a triple-double to lead the Knights to a cruising victory over District of Columbia in front of a crowd full of children gathered for Saturday's Fourth Annual Holiday Hoops at Fitzgerald Gymnasium.                                                                                                

MacKenzie reached her game-high in scoring on an efficient 12-of-20 shooting from the field, while Madison had an all-around gem with 23 points, 11 rebounds, nine assists and seven steals. Freshman Beth Bonin, the reigning ECC Rookie of the Week, chipped in 15 points by connecting on 85 percent of her field goals. As a team, the Knights shot a blistering 59 percent from the floor, all while holding the Firebirds to a woeful 30 percent mark behind their stifling defense.

 
The Knights pounced on their opponents, trapping UDC's ball handlers in an aggressive full-court press from the opening tip. Starting with MacKenzie's interception at half court during the Firebirds' first possession, the Knights forced four consecutive turnovers to jump out to a 10-0 lead. Queens held on to their cushion through the end of one, leading 24-14.
 
Torrid shooting through the second period allowed the Knights to double their lead and create an insurmountable climb for the visitors. They shot 8-of-11 from the floor during the frame, and on the other end held the Firebirds to only two field goals. At intermission, the Knights were on top 47-26.
 
The Knights' overly aggressive defense in the third allowed the Firebirds to get to the free throw line for 13 attempts, of which they converted 10. Queens was still able to score 21 points in the quarter behind seven from Madison and held a 68-46 advantage going into the fourth.
 
Queens went on an extended 14-0 run midway through the final period to effectively put the game away for good. They held on for an 88-58 final score and improved to 4-1 in conference play and 8-2 overall with the win. Freshman Nyaisa Anderson was one of the few bright spots for UDC, scoring a hard-earned 19 points for the Firebirds, who now sit at 1-2 in the ECC and 2-9 overall.
 
After the game, the Knights treated the boys and girls who came out to enjoy their win for an afternoon of fun starting with pizza and a movie before everyone headed to Fitz' pool for some swimming and games.
 
Queens College will look to carry the momentum and excitement of Saturday afternoon into their next game, a nonconference matchup at American International on Tuesday, Dec. 13. Tip-off is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.