FLUSHING, N.Y. – The Queens College men's and women's basketball teams will look to continue their winning ways on Wednesday when they return home to Fitzgerald Gym for a doubleheader against the Molloy College Lions in East Coast Conference (ECC) action. It will be a Play4Kay game for the women beginning at 5:30 p.m., while the men's game is scheduled to tip at 7:30 p.m. as part of Coaches vs. Cancer. Attendees are encouraged to wear pink to support the cause.
No. 21 Queens (18-3, 11-1 ECC) vs. Molloy (17-4, 9-2 ECC) – 5:30 p.m.
The Queens women's basketball team jumped three spots to No. 21 this week in the WBCA Top 25 Coaches' Poll. The Knights are currently on a 10-game winning streak after posting a perfect 8-0 record in the month of January. Queens enters the contest atop the ECC standings will an 11-1 mark in conference play, just ahead of Molloy, which stands in second at 9-2 in conference.
Queens breezed to a 66-49 win over the University of the District of Columbia the last time out. Senior Madison Rowland, who was recently named ECC Co-Player of the Week, recorded her 10th double-double of the season with 26 points and 13 rebounds, while redshirt senior MacKenzie Rowland, junior Merrick Rowland and freshman Beth Bonin all scored in double figures.
Molloy has also been on a hot streak, winning its last nine games, including six road contests. The Lions took care of Roberts Wesleyan, 73-62, in their last appearance. Kamala Thompson, who shared ECC weekly honors with Madison, led the Lions with a double-double of 30 points and 16 rebounds in the victory. Thompson leads the team in scoring at 15.6 points per game, while Aliyah McDonald (13.4 PPG) and Symone Kelly (12.9 PPG) have also been major contributors.
The Lions handed the Knights their only conference loss of the season, 88-78, back on Dec. 7. Bonin had a game-high 27 points, including six three-pointers, in the loss for the Knights. MacKenzie Rowland had a 21-point, 11-rebound double-double, while Madison Rowland had 18 points and nine steals. Molloy shot the lights out in the win, shooting 50.8 percent overall and 58.8 percent from deep.
Madison Rowland continues to etch her name in the history books this season. In the win over UDC, she became the ECC career scoring leader and currently has 2,119 points. Rowland is now just 47 points away from the Queens record of 2,166. She is also nearing the ECC career steals record, needing only seven more to reach the current mark of 465.
Queens (11-8, 8-4 ECC) vs. Molloy (11-9, 7-4 ECC) – 7:30 p.m.
The Knights' men's basketball team is currently riding a four-game win streak and now sits in a tie for third place in the ECC standings with Daemen at 8-4 in conference play. It will be a battle for conference positioning, as Molloy is right behind Queens with a 7-4 ECC mark. The two squads are among five ECC teams currently within just one game of each other for second place in the standings.
Queens battled for a 91-85 road victory over UDC the last time out. Senior Tyree White scored 23 points on 10-of-13 shooting while adding eight rebounds in the win. He erupted in the second half, scoring 18 of his 23 points in the half to lead the Knights to victory. Seniors Marquis Roberts, Diego Maldonado and Kyheim Chaplin each reached double-digit points as well, as the Knights shot 50.8 percent from the field and 85.2 percent from the foul line.
Molloy has won eight of its last 11 games and three of its last four. In their last outing, the Lions defeated Roberts Wesleyan, 77-64 at home. Jaylen Morris tallied 30 points and eight rebounds for the Lions in the win, picking up ECC Player of the Week accolades for his efforts. Charlie Marquardt leads the ECC in scoring average at 20.5 points per game, while Morris is not far behind at 19.6 points per contest.
The Knights dropped a heartbreaker to the Lions in their previous meeting on Dec. 7, as Molloy took the 85-82 home victory. White scored 19 points, and Chaplin added 17 in the defeat for Queens. Morris recorded 20 points for the Lions in the win, while Marquardt and Mike Guzzardi had 17 and 16 points, respectively. The Lions were efficient with their shots, making 54.9 percent of their attempts in the game.
As with all home games, fans will have a chance at a $5,000 shot, while sample burritos and free chips & salsa will be made available, and a free pizza will be given to the loudest fan.