Women's Basketball Lets Lead Slip Away in 77-65 Loss to Concordia Friday

Women's Basketball Lets Lead Slip Away in 77-65 Loss to Concordia Friday

BRONXVILLE, N.Y. (Nov. 30, 2018)Beth Bonin and Emer Moloney combined for 28 first-half points but the Queens College women's basketball team surrendered an 11-2 run to open the fourth quarter as Concordia cruised away with a 77-65 victory over the Knights on Friday (Nov. 30) at the Meyer Athletic Center in Bronxville.

Queens (1-5) and Concordia (2-5) traded the first twenty points of the opening period, with the two teams level at 10-all midway through the frame. The Knights took a brief 13-10 lead with a Maia Fawcett lay-up and a free throw from Moloney giving QC a 13-10 lead with less than four minutes to go in the period. Nicole Nicholson hit a three-pointer seconds later to level the score and Sara Hopkins scored on a fast-break lay-up to give the host Clippers a 15-13 lead. After two more free throws from Moloney, Bonin knocked down her first three-pointer of the game on a feed from Nora Gabel. The Knights were spurred onto an 11-4 run including back-to-back threes from Bonin and Moloney to give the visitors a 26-17 lead after one quarter of play.

The second quarter, on the other hand, featured a much slower pace of play. The Knights scored the first three points on a Bonin lay-up and a free throw from Analeza Edore with about three minutes having been played in the frame. Concordia got as close as seven points in the second quarter, as a Nicholson lay-up brought the Clippers within a 32-25 margin with four minutes to play in the half. Needing a spark, Bonin rained in a trifecta and Edore hit a put-back jumper to get Queens ahead by a 37-25 score. The Knights would enter the locker room up by a 41-31 margin.

The Knights kept up a strong lead in the third quarter of play as My'eesa Grant and Nora Gabel converted on back-to-back lay-ups to put QC up by a 47-36 margin. Concordia, however, refused to go away as Cameron Corbett scored six of the Clippers' eight points to bring her side within two points at 49-47. Sabrina Clement hit a jumper for the hosts to end the quarter as Queens clung to a 53-51 lead. Concordia would even the score on a Saundra Cleckley jumper in the first possession of the quarter; Corbett and Nicholson would score the Clippers' next nine points to cement an 11-2 run and give their team a 62-55 lead. The Knights would not get within ten points the rest of the way.

Bonin led the Knights with 19 points while Moloney (14 points, 13 rebounds) and Grant (10 points, 12 rebounds) finished the game with double-doubles. Officer had seven points and Edore ended the game with five points and six boards. The Knights shot 35% from the field in the loss, with QC being held to just 9-for-34 (27%) from the field in the second half of play.

Corbett had a game-high 30 points for the Clippers, with 25 points being scored in the second half. Three other players had double-figure point totals for Concordia---Nicholson and Cleckley with 11 and Clement scoring 10. The hosts shot 7-for-10 from beyond the three-point line and won despite being outrebounded by the Knights (48-33).

Queens College opens East Coast Conference play on Wednesday (Dec. 5) with a 5 p.m. showcase at Recreation Hall in Old Westbury against the NYIT Bears.