This Week in QC Athletics: Jan. 2-7

This Week in QC Athletics: Jan. 2-7

Upcoming Events: 

Wednesday, Jan. 3
Women's Basketball vs. NYIT - 5:30 p.m.
Men's Basketball vs. NYIT - 7:30 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 5
Women's Track and Field at Wagner Invitational - 2 p.m.
Men's Track and Field at Wagner Invitational - 2 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 6
Women's Basketball at LIU Post - 1:30 p.m.
Men's Basketball at LIU Post - 3:30 p.m.

Home Events in Bold Italics

NOTES: The Queens College basketball programs closed out the 2017 calendar year with victories over conference foe District of Columbia on Dec. 30 and now the attention turns toward two critical contests to open the 2018 schedule slate. The QC women's basketball team is on a three-game winning streak and currently sits in a virtual tie for the top overall spot in the conference standings (the Knights are 2-0, Saint Thomas Aquinas and LIU Post are 3-0). Opening the new year with two difficult opponents, the Knights will square off with basketball rival NYIT on Wednesday night before facing LIU Post on Saturday at the Pratt Recreation Center in Brookville. The QC-NYIT rivalry has picked up speed over the last few years with both squads meeting in postseason action last year in the East Coast Conference Championship semi-final, a game that the Bears took over Queens by a 76-71 margin. This season, NYIT is 8-5 and has one loss in conference play which came at the hands of LIU Post ironically. Switching to the Pioneers, the green and gold have won eight of their last ten games with losses coming to NE-10 opponents Stonehill and nationally-ranked Bentley.

The men's basketball team will face both NYIT and LIU Post this week as well, with Queens being in the middle of the trajectories of their respective opponents. NYIT is 2-11 on the season and the Bears have not won since a one-point triumph over Caldwell back on Nov. 14. Furthermore, the Bears went 0-7 in December despite scoring over 100 points in back-to-back losses to Bridgeport (131-101) and Nova Southeastern (122-107). LIU Post, meanwhile, is 4-9 on the season but 2-1 in conference play. The Pioneers have played a difficult non-conference schedule but conference wins over NYIT and Mercy have the green and gold tied for third in the ECC standings.

Last but not least, the QC track and field programs will be taking to Ocean Breeze Complex in Staten Island to compete in the Wagner Invitational. It will be the first time in almost a full month that the Knights will compete in track and field events, but QC will be getting used to the Ocean Breeze facilities: the Knights will return to Staten Island on Jan. 12 for the Saint Thomas Aquinas Spartan Invitational as well as another return trip in February for the East Coast Conference Championship meet.