FLUSHING, N.Y. – The 21st-ranked Queens College women's basketball team rolled to its 11th consecutive win with a 73-58 victory over East Coast Conference (ECC) opponent Molloy College on Wednesday night at Fitzgerald Gym. With the win, the Knights (19-3, 12-1 ECC) extended their lead in the ECC standings to 2.5 games over the second-place Lions (17-5, 9-3 ECC).
Senior Madison Rowland notched her 11th double-double of the season with 21 points and 11 rebounds in addition to five steals and five blocks. Freshman Beth Bonin scored 19 points and tallied three steals, while the rookie was a perfect 8-for-8 from the charity stripe.
The Knights managed to overcome a very cold start, falling behind 16-6 in the first quarter. Queens bounced back in the second quarter, however, shooting 66.7 percent and outscoring Molloy 25-14 in the period. Rowland scored 11 of the Knights' 25 points in the second frame on 4-for-4 shooting. With Queens trailing 21-9 early in the second, Rowland fired off seven straight points, sparking a 12-0 run to bring the Knights within just one at 24-23. Bonin chipped in with seven points in the quarter, capping off the second with a pair of free-throws to give the Knights a 31-30 halftime lead.
Queens got off to a strong start in the third quarter with the first six points of the half and maintained an eight-point lead going into the final period. The Knights put the game away midway through the fourth quarter, going on runs of 10-3 and 13-4 over the first 6:40 of the final frame to take their largest lead of the game (21) with 3:20 on the clock, 69-48. Redshirt senior MacKenzie Rowland scored 11 of her 15 points in the fourth quarter to help seal the deal.
Queens was superb from the foul line, converting on 16-of-18 attempts from the stripe. Defense was key once again as well, as the Knights forced the Lions into a whopping 21 turnovers. MacKenzie added seven rebounds and three assists on the game. Emer Moloney and Melissa Fumano tallied five points apiece, while Merrick Rowland and Joya McFarland each had four points.
As for Madison, she now has 2,140 career points, putting her just 26 away from Shalonda Young's current program record of 2,166 points. Rowland is also now just two steals away from the ECC career record in that category with 463 steals.
Queens will have a week off before hitting the court next at Roberts Wesleyan on Wednesday, Feb. 8, at 5:00 p.m.