OLD WESTBURY, N.Y. (Dec. 5, 2018) – The Queens College women's basketball team fell behind early and could not keep pace with NYIT on Wednesday (Dec. 5) as the Knights fell by a final score of 76-35 at Recreation Hall in Old Westbury in the East Coast Conference opener for both teams.
NYIT (8-1, 1-0 ECC) and Queens (1-6, 0-1 ECC) traded the first eight points of the contest, but the Knights were always responding to NYIT's moves. After Nora Gabel hit a lay-up off a feed from Lucy Tougas with ninety seconds gone by in the frame, the Bears went on an 18-1 run over the next eight-plus minutes of competition. Shalie Frierson got things started with a jumper for the hosts, while Tiara Place and Meg Knollmeyer hit back-to-back lay-ups to force a QC time-out just past the three-minute mark of action. NYIT led 10-5 after My'eesa Grant knocked down a free throw with 6:22 to play in the quarter, but the Knights did not score until there were 11 seconds remaining as NYIT finished the frame on a 17-3 spurt. Taylor Tripptree scored eight straight points for the Bears in that run with two free throws and two three-pointers to give NYIT a 25-5 lead until Celina Roberts converted a three-point play to stop the scoring momentarily. Corinn Baggs hit a driving lay-up at the buzzer to put the hosts up by a 27-8 margin.
The Knights could not string together a run of points in the second quarter as each bucket scored by QC had a response from the Bears. Gabel ended the quarter with a long two that sent the Knights into the locker room down by a 44-16 score. Queens shot just 27% (7-26) in the first half and committed 15 turnovers in the opening quarters of play while NYIT shot 47% (15-32) from the floor and went 11-for-11 from the free throw line. Queens did open the second half with life, as the Knights went on a 7-2 run in the opening minute of action. Tougas hit a lay-up off a feed from Gabel with three minutes played in the quarter to bring the Knights within a 49-27 deficit, but NYIT ended the quarter on a 10-0 run to lead 59-27 with one period to play. The Bears opened the final quarter on a 9-2 run and led by as many as 42 points in the final minutes of the contest.
Grant had a team-high nine points with six rebounds while Roberts led the Knights with nine total rebounds and five offensive boards. Tougas had four points, five assists and four rebounds as Analeza Edore totaled four points and six rebounds. Beth Bonin added five points for the Knights, hitting just two field goals in the game.
Knollmeyer scored a game-high 25 points with seven rebounds for NYIT with Tripptree scoring 13 off the bench. Ketsia Athias added nine rebounds and four blocks off the bench while three players contributed five assists in the victory.
Queens ended the game shooting just 27% (15-56) from the floor and hitting only two three-pointers in ten attempts. NYIT, on the other hand, went 28-for-64 (44%) from the floor and 7-for-21 (33%) from beyond the three-point line. The Knights did win the rebounding battle by a 45-35 margin but 26 turnovers led to 33 NYIT points which proved to be the difference.
Queens will return to Flushing on Saturday (Dec. 8) to host LIU Post at 1:30 p.m. The game will feature a special ceremony for Law Enforcement Day as well as a welcoming back of alumni and admission can be covered by donating a can of non-perishable food at the ticket table to help the Knights Pantry on campus.