FLUSHING, N.Y. (Nov. 18, 2017) – The Queens College women's basketball team went 15-of-18 from the free throw line in the first quarter of a 64-48 victory against Concordia College on Saturday (Nov. 18) at Fitzgerald Gymnasium in Flushing. The Knights ended the contest hitting 31-of-43 (72%) from the stripe in the win.
Celeste Moran and Kaitlyn Mahon put forth excellent showings in the first quarter of play for Queens (1-2) as Concordia (0-4) succumbed to early foul trouble. Moran scored seven points in six minutes with five rebounds; Mahon, meanwhile, went 5-for-5 from the free throw line on her way to a seven-point quarter of her own. Despite the performance at the charity stripe, the Knights were cold from the field in the first quarter shooting just 5-for-14 (35.7%). The opening frame was a back-and-forth affair in the first five minutes before QC went on a 10-run which included a personal 5-0 spurt from Moran. Concordia stopped the rally on a three-ball by Nicole Nicholson with 67 seconds to play in the quarter but the Knights led 25-16 after one.
Queens took the reins in the second quarter, boosting the lead to 13 points on a couple of occasions. Merrick Rowland downed a three-pointer with just under two minutes gone by in the frame to give QC a 29-16 lead and Moran answered a Saundra Cleckley lay-up a short time later to keep it 31-18. The sophomore hit another bucket in the paint to put the Knights ahead by 15 points at 33-18, but the Clippers ran off an 8-2 rally to end the half down by nine at 35-26.
The Knights enjoyed a healthy rebounding advantage, which was plus-18 (46-28) at the end of the third quarter. Holding Concordia to seven points in the third was also a positive, as Moran continued her stellar showcase with a jumper at the end of the frame to put Queens ahead by a 52-33 margin. The Knights were on cruise control from there as the Clippers never mounted much of a charge after the third quarter.
Moran's double-double came in just 30 minutes with eight offensive rebounds. QC was plus-21 (60-39) in the rebounding category and the Knights held Concordia to just 22.5% (16-71) shooting from the field. Mahon ended the game going 8-for-8 from the free throw line. Rowland had nine points, ten rebounds, six steals, four assists and three blocks in a filled statistical game for the Knights. Achol Ajang was 7-for-10 from the free-throw line and ended the game with nine points and seven boards; Lucy Tougas added eight rebounds and Marina Ramon Lopez had seven points and six boards.
Julianne Wilkinson had 10 points to lead Concordia, while Nicholson and Lyric Blanch added seven points.
Queens College is next in action on Wednesday (Nov. 22) as the Knights welcome Bloomfield into Flushing for a 3:30 p.m. matinee at Fitzgerald Gymnasium.