BROOKVILLE, N.Y. – Senior Madison Rowland achieved another milestone on Saturday, reaching 1,000 career rebounds, as the No. 14 Queens College women's basketball team extended its win streak to 15 games with a 76-56 road victory over the LIU Post Pioneers. Rowland becomes the first player in program history to record 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds for her career.
The Knights (23-3, 16-1 ECC) used a dominant third-quarter performance to put the game out of reach, forcing LIU Post into seven turnovers in the period and outscoring the Pioneers, 23-13.
Redshirt senior MacKenzie Rowland had a game-high 22 points and added 10 rebounds for her fourth straight double-double and 18th of the season. She added a season-high five steals to go with three blocks for the Knights. Madison also notched a double-double, her 15th this season and fifth in the last six games, collecting 21 points and 12 rebounds in addition to three steals.
Needing only one more rebound to reach the century mark entering the game, Madison didn't waste very much time accomplishing the task, pulling down her 1,000th rebound just 53 seconds into the game.
The two teams battled back-and-forth for the majority of the first quarter until Madison hit a pair of free-throws to give the Knights a two-point lead with 1:09 left in the opening period. Freshman Beth Bonin then knocked down a triple with 13 seconds in the quarter to give Queens a 17-12 lead going into the second quarter. Queens maintained a steady lead throughout the second quarter, as LIU Post was never able to cut the lead to less than five points. With 4:02 remaining until halftime, a three-pointer by sophomore Emer Moloney gave the Knights a double-digit lead, and Queens would ultimately go to the locker room at half with a 36-24 advantage.
Queens came out firing in the third quarter, jumping out to a quick 47-24 lead after opening the half on an 11-0 run. The Knights kept at it throughout the period, taking their largest lead of the game (25) with 2:49 on the clock after Madison converted a three-point play to push the lead to 55-30. MacKenzie recorded four steals in the period alone, while both she and Madison each scored nine points in the period, as Queens entered the fourth with a 59-37 lead. The Knights maintained a 20+ point lead throughout the fourth quarter en route to the 76-56 final.
Head coach Elizabeth Naumovski, the winningest coach in program history, is now just two wins away from 100 at Queens, as she picked up win number 98 on Saturday.
Queens, which has already clinched the East Coast Conference (ECC) regular season crown and top seed in the ECC Tournament, will conclude the regular season at Daemen College on Wednesday, Feb. 22, at 5 p.m.