Third-Quarter Woes Hinder Knights’ Comeback Attempt at No. 20 USciences

Third-Quarter Woes Hinder Knights’ Comeback Attempt at No. 20 USciences

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – Sophomore Beth Bonin scored 11 of her game-high 20 points in the fourth quarter, but 20th-ranked University of the Sciences (USciences) outscored the Queens College women's basketball team by 14 points in the third quarter, and the Knights' comeback attempt fell short, 61-54.

The victory by the Devils snapped a three-game win streak for the Knights (3-3), while USciences remained unbeaten at 6-0 overall.

In the third quarter, the Devils limited the Knights to just 2-of-8 shooting, including 0-for-4 from three-point territory, and forced nine turnovers. Meanwhile, Alex Thomas scored 10 points in the third, as USciences outscored Queens 21-7 in the period.

Both teams started slowly until Bonin drained a trey to give Queens an 8-7 lead, forcing a USciences timeout with 4:25 left in the first quarter. However, the Devils followed with back-to-back three-pointers, taking a 13-8 lead and forcing a Queens timeout. Junior Emer Moloney scored the Knights' final five points of the period to bring Queens within three at 16-13.

Bonin sank another three to open up the second and tie the game at 16 all, and it was back-and-forth the rest of the quarter. The score remained tied with 4:22 left until halftime when junior Kaitlyn Mahon's layup made it 21-21. After the Devils went back on top, Bonin drilled another trifecta to give the Knights a 24-23 lead with 2:01 left. Junior Taliyah Hopkins added another bucket, but Sarah Abbonizio hit a jumper with four seconds to go to provide USciences with a 27-26 halftime lead.

Hopkins tied the game with a free throw 20 second in to the second half, but then the Devils went on a 12-2 run capped off by a Thomas layup that made it 39-29. Junior Dah'Vielle Lucas ended the run with a layup, but from there, turnovers proved costly, and USciences scored the next nine points before the period closed with USciences leading 48-33.

Abbonizio stretched the lead to 17 early in the fourth before Bonin answered with a triple. However, Irisa Ye hit a three and got fouled, pushing the Devils' lead to 18 at 54-36 after the four-point play. Senior Merrick Rowland scored the next five points, starting a 13-3 run for Queens, and Rowland capped off the run with a steal and dish to Bonin for a layup to force a USciences timeout with the deficit suddenly just seven.

Bonin made it a 59-54 game with 53 seconds left with her sixth three of the day, but the Devils shot 8-for-9 from the foul line in the fourth quarter, and it was enough to hold off the Knights, 61-54.

Bonin was 6-for-13 from downtown overall and went 3-for-6 in the fourth quarter alone. Moloney finished with 10 points and added four rebounds, three assists and two steals off the bench for Queens. Thomas and Ye each had 15 points for USciences.

The Knights will look for their first road win of the season on Wednesday, Dec. 6, when they visit Caldwell at 5:30 p.m.