FLUSHING, N.Y. – The Queens College men's and women's basketball teams will play host to East Coast Conference (ECC) rival St. Thomas Aquinas College on Saturday, Feb. 11, at Fitzgerald Gym. Senior Madison Rowland will aim to break the women's basketball program's career scoring record, as she needs just six more points to break Shalonda Young's current mark of 2,166 points.
The men's team will tip off at 1:30 p.m., while the women's game is scheduled to begin at 3:30 p.m. The women's team will also be conducting a clothing drive for Dress for Success. All are invited to donate any new or nearly-new women's suits, business attire, shoes and accessories to the donation bin at the game.
Rowland already holds the ECC career scoring record with 2,161 points currently and now has her eyes set on the school record. She also recently became the conference's all-time leader in career steals with 468 to her credit. The senior will be recognized by the ECC for her accomplishments prior to the Knights' contest. Not to go unnoticed, Rowland is also quickly approaching 1,000 career rebounds with 981 thus far.
Queens (12-9, 9-5 ECC) vs. St. Thomas Aquinas (19-5, 12-3 ECC) – 1:30 p.m.
The Queens men's basketball team will enter Saturday's matchup on a winning note after defeating Roberts Wesleyan on Wednesday. The Knights held off the Redhawks' last-minute comeback attempt to notch their fifth win in the last six games, 65-62. Queens currently sits in fifth place in the ECC standings with a 9-5 mark in conference, while St. Thomas Aquinas (STAC) leads the pack with a 12-3 conference record.
For the Knights, senior Diego Maldonado scored a team-high 17 points in the win over Roberts Wesleyan, while fellow senior Tyree White recorded his 10th double-double of the season with 15 points and 15 rebounds. White leads the team with 17.2 points and 9.8 rebounds per game.
St. Thomas Aquinas enters Saturday's contest after falling on the road to Bridgeport, 90-89. It was the first loss since Jan. 4 for the Spartans, snapping a nine-game winning streak. Justin Reyes led the Spartans with 25 points and 10 rebounds in the defeat, while Shaquille McFarlan and Chaz Watler added 20 and 16 points, respectively. Reyes, the ECC Preseason Player of the Year, is second in the conference in scoring, averaging 20 points per game.
Queens fell to STAC back on Jan. 7 on the road, 95-84, in their first meeting of the season. White poured in 24 points, six rebounds and five assists in the loss for Queens. Reyes scored a season-high 37 points in the win for the Spartans.
No. 18 Queens (20-3, 13-1 ECC) vs. St. Thomas Aquinas (16-8, 10-4 ECC) – 3:30 p.m.
The Queens women's basketball team, currently ranked 18th in the WBCA Top 25 Coaches' Poll, will enter Saturday's game on a 12-game winning streak. The Knights hung on for a hard-fought 72-63 win over Roberts Wesleyan the last time out, using an 11-4 run to end the game and the seal the win. Queens has been perfect thus far in 2017, as the Knights' last loss came in the month of December. The Knights sit atop the ECC standings with a 13-1 conference record, while St. Thomas Aquinas is third at 10-4 in the ECC.
Madison Rowland, the reigning ECC Player of the Week, posted her 12th double-double of the season with 21 points and 18 rebounds in Wednesday's victory over the Redhawks. Redshirt senior MacKenzie Rowland posted her 15th double-double of the season with 19 points and 16 rebounds, while Kaitlyn Mahon scored a season-high 14 points. Madison (21.0 PPG, 10.3 RPG) and MacKenzie (17.7 PPG, 10.8 RPG) are 1-2 in the ECC in scoring and rebounding, and Madison's 4.9 steals per game are tops in the country.
The Spartans fell on the road to New Haven in their last outing, 61-47, putting an end to their three-game winning streak. Jenna Erickson had a team-high 11 points in the setback for the Spartans. Erickson is the team's leading scorer at 15.3 points per game, while Adiya Henderson has been a strong contributor with 10.8 points and 7.7 rebounds per game.
Earlier this season, Queens earned a 71-66 come-from-behind victory at STAC. Madison, MacKenzie and Merrick Rowland all combined for 58 points in the win for the Knights. Erickson led the Spartans with 21 points in the loss.
As with all home games, fans will have a chance at a $5,000 shot, while sample burritos and free chips & salsa will be made available, and a free pizza will be given to the loudest fan.
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