Rowland Rolls on Offense to Lift Women's Basketball Over Bloomfield, 74-66

Rowland Rolls on Offense to Lift Women's Basketball Over Bloomfield, 74-66

FLUSHING, N.Y. (Nov. 22, 2017)Merrick Rowland scored 18 of her career-high 32 points in the first half of a 74-66 victory by the Queens College women's basketball team over Bloomfield College on Wednesday (Nov. 22) at Lucille Kyvallos Court at Fitzgerald Gymnasium.

Queens (2-2) jumped out to a 4-0 lead and refused to relinquish throughout the remainder of the opening half of action. Rowland and Achol Ajang got the scoring jump-started with free throws before a Kaitlyn Mahon lay-up put the Knights ahead by four with 7:25 to play in the first quarter. Taliyah Hopkins made a  lay-in that was followed by a 5-0 personal run by Rowland to give QC an 11-2 lead midway through the frame; Rowland traded threes with Alexia' Tucker following a Bloomfield time-out and the Knights led 14-5 with 5:30 remaining. Bloomfield (0-4) scored seven straight points in the next three minutes to close the gap and trail by only two points but Beth Bonin knocked down a treble to stop the run and keep Queens in front.

After a 21-point first quarter, the Knights picked up right where they left off with a Bonin three-ball opening QC's scoring in the second period of play. Beth Bonin and Rowland continued to rain in long-distance shots as the Knights kept a pesky Bloomfield squad away from the lead. Celeste Moran contributed with a lay-up late in the frame before Hopkins scored five more points, trading threes with Bobbi Floyd to end the half with the Knights up by a 44-37 margin.

Bloomfield closed the gap to four points to open the second half thanks to a three-pointer from Tucker but Rowland was quick to respond with three-pointer after three-pointer, including one with 4:39 to play in the second half that put Queens up by ten points at 60-50. Less than 30 seconds later, Rowland knocked down another three-pointer to bolster the lead even further as the Knights held a nine-point advantage going into the final frame at 63-54. The Bears continued to fight, however, as Deja McKenzie opened the scoring for Bloomfield with a three-pointer to get her side within six points at 63-57. QC went on a quick 7-2 run with four points coming from Emer Moloney and a three-ball from Rowland helping the Knights out to a 70-59 edge. Bloomfield would not answer the final rally as the Knights improved to 2-0 at home this season.

Rowland was 10-for-21 from the field in the victory, hitting seven three-pointers while also collecting five rebounds and seven steals. Bonin added 13 points, nine boards and four assists for the Knights as Hopkins had a ten-point afternoon to go along with it. Mahon added eight points, six assist and six rebounds. Queens shot 49% (27-55) from the field in the victory and held Bloomfield to just 24-of-69 (35%) shooting on the day. Floyd led the Bears with 12 points, a high mark she shared with Dayanni Cochran (who also had 12 rebounds) and Ilysia Lewis.

Queens College is next in action on Wednesday (Nov. 29) when the Knights host Dominican (N.Y.) at 5:30 p.m. at Fitzgerald Gymnasium. The Queens College Department of Athletics will host ceremonies commemorating the game as Military, Faculty and Staff Appreciation Night.