FLUSHING, N.Y. (Nov. 29, 2018) – With signing day complete, the Queens College women's basketball team is proud to announce the five NLI signees who will join the Knights' family in the 2019-2020 season. The group is made up of three Long Island players and two upstate New York competitors, three guards and two forwards who will don the silver, navy and red for QC next winter.
Shooting guard Harmony Philo will join the Knights after dominating the game of basketball at Gloversville High School. Last season, the five-foot-eight shooter eclipsed the 1,000-point plateau in averaging 22.5 points per game and 4.2 assists per contest. Philo has led Gloversville to back-to-back Section II Class A Final Four appearances, as well.
"Harmony is a fitting name for this wonderful student-athlete," remarked Queens College Head Women's Basketball Coach and Senior Woman Administrator Bet Naumovski. "She is truly one of the kindest and thoughtful young women that I have met on the recruiting trail and I am honored to be her next coach. Harmony is a three-point shooting specialist that can score in bunches. She takes great pride in her fitness and as a result, she can play with pace on both ends of the floor."
Joining her in the backcourt will be Penfield Patriots' shooting guard Brianne Moxley. The five-foot-nine guard was described by Naumovski as an "impact player on both ends of the floor." Moxley averaged a shade under 11 points per game last season but helped continue a long-standing tradition for Penfield: the Patriots won their seventh league title in eight seasons. The No. 12 high school team in New York State last winter was also the top seed in the Class AA play-offs, advancing to the Final Four.
"Offensively she can score in multiple ways and defensively her athleticism and length can be disruptive," Naumovski continued. "In addition, she demonstrates great poise and leadership. Off the court, she is a strong student of high character."
The newcomers from the northern parts of the state will have back-court competition with one of the team's three Long Island signees, Tayanee Peay of Copiague. The five-foot-eight point guard averaged 14.4 points per game at Copiague with two double-doubles in her season. Peay had a season-high 27 points against North Babylon on Jan. 25, 2018 and also put up 20 points with nine rebounds and five assists in a 71-47 victory against Bay Shore on Dec. 15, 2017.
Of Peay, Naumovski commends her "ability to score from behind the three, mid-range and around the basket. Her ability to pass and read the game allows her to also make teammates better. As a combo guard she will see minutes in both the point guard and off-guard positions. Although mild-mannered, Tayanee has shown the ability to take over games in key moments."
Peay may have had 27 points versus North Babylon, but it was the Bulldogs who pulled out a 65-60 win over Copiague thanks in huge part to six-foot-one center Raiana Brown. The fourth commit to Queens College had a spectacular season on the hardwood with averages of 18 points and 12.5 rebounds per game. In the win over Copiague, Brown totaled 19 points and 10 rebounds; she also averaged a 75% clip shooting from the floor. Brown will also come to Queens to compete for the women's track and field team.
"Raiana will be a dual-sport athlete as she excels both on the hardwood and in the throwing circle," noted Naumoski. "Raiana is a hardworking player that takes great pride in her fitness and strength. She will give us much needed depth and a physical presence in the paint both as a scorer and rebounder."
Lastly, Maje Barry will be attending Queens College and making a long journey from Bay Shore High School to play for the Knights. Barry's junior season showcased her talents on both offense and defense, as the six-foot-one forward put up averages of 8.4 points and 10.5 rebounds per game with 15 blocks and 19 steals on the season. She had a breakout performance versus Lindenhurst on Jan. 8, 2018 with 22 points and 18 rebounds.
"Maje is a tenacious rebounder and defender with tremendous mobility," noted Naumovski. She has the potential to challenge the QC record book for career rebounds and her physical presence is much needed. Maje is a person of high standards with a drive to match it. She has a strong competitive spirit while also demonstrating great poise both on and off the court."