FLUSHING, N.Y. (Jan. 19, 2018) – Beth Bonin scored a game-high 21 points and Marina Ramon Lopez added a career-high 16 rebounds but the Queens College women's basketball team fell in a 79-67 defeat at the hands of Roberts Wesleyan on Friday (Jan. 19) at Lucille Kyvallos Court at Fitzgerald Gymnasium in Flushing.
Queens (7-8, 3-4 ECC) led 22-17 after one quarter of play over the visiting Redhawks (12-6, 6-2 ECC) as Merrick Rowland scored seven points in the first ten minutes of action. Roberts Wesleyan would tie the score midway through the second quarter on a three-point play from Necedah James, and the teams traded leads the rest of the way until Lucy Covley knocked down a jumper to end the first half with Roberts up 36-34.
The Redhawks bolstered the advantage in the third quarter with Taylor Bynoe hitting a three-pointer and Emily Miller knocking down a jumper to give Roberts a 45-37 lead just three minutes into the frame. Out of a timeout, Bonin collected a bucket to bring QC within six points but the visitors built the lead back up after a three-ball by Sara Nady midway through the frame. Bonin fought to keep her side involved in the contest, but a Savannah Hunter jumper ended the third quarter with Roberts Wesleyan ahead by ten points at 56-46. The Redhawks scored the first six points of the fourth quarter and held QC scoreless for almost four full minutes and despite the Knights' best efforts, the lead would prove too much to overcome.
The Knights shot just 36% (28-77) from the field with Rowland finishing with 17 points and Ramon Lopez adding 14 to complement her 16 rebounds and Bonin's 21 points. The trio accumulated 52 of QC's points in the effort with freshman Lucy Tougas adding seven points off the bench. James had a team-high 19 points for Roberts Wesleyan as the Redhawks hit 44% (24-55) of their shots from the field and went 9-for-17 (53%) from beyond the three-point line. Emily Miller added 12 points with Hunter and Nady scoring 11 and 10, respectively.
Queens College hosts Daemen College on Sunday afternoon as the other Western New York representative of the ECC comes to Flushing for a 1:30 p.m. showcase.