FLUSHING, N.Y. – On Wednesday, Feb. 15, the Queens College men's and women's basketball teams will welcome the University of Bridgeport to Fitzgerald Gymnasium for Senior Day. In addition to honoring the seniors on the roster prior to each game, it will also be Queens College Faculty and Staff Appreciation Day.
The men will kick things off at 6 p.m., while the women's game will follow at 8 p.m.
Queens (12-10, 9-6 ECC) vs. Bridgeport (15-9, 10-4 ECC) – 6 p.m.
The Knights will honor seven seniors on Wednesday: Tyree White, Diego Maldonado, Kyheim Chaplin, Malcolm Moore, Marquis Roberts, Idrissa Gandega, and Fredric Bowers.
Queens will conclude its regular season home schedule against Bridgeport after falling to ECC leader St. Thomas Aquinas at Fitzgerald Gym on Saturday, 85-69. The Knights led early on in the first half, but the Spartans' attack came in full force the rest of the way. Maldonado led Queens with 14 points, while Chaplin and White also scored in double figures.
The Knights currently sit in sixth place in the conference standings at 9-6 in ECC play. Meanwhile, Bridgeport is tied for second with a 10-4 conference mark. The two squads are among five teams in the conference that are all currently within 1.5 games of each other in the standings, making each contest even more important with just over a week left in the regular season.
White has been the leading scorer and rebounder for Queens this season, averaging 16.9 points and 9.7 boards per game. He is third in the ECC in both rebounding and field goal percentage (.599). Maldonado has been a consistent threat from behind the arc for Queens, scoring 14.3 points per game and making 45 percent of his three-point attempts. In the Knights' first meeting with Bridgeport this season, an 84-75 road victory, Maldonado (20 pts.), Moore (17), Chaplin (15) and White (11) all scored in double digits.
Bridgeport enters Wednesday night's contest on a four-game winning streak. The Purple Knights defeated St. Thomas Aquinas, 90-89, on Wednesday and toppled Molloy, 90-79, on Saturday. Bridgeport had four players score 15 or more points in the win over Molloy the last time out. Kyle Benjamin leads the Purple Knights with 15.0 points and 10.3 rebounds per game, while Sam Joseph contributes 14.6 points per game. Stefano Osuji totaled 20 points to lead the Purple Knights in the setback to Queens on Jan. 4.
No. 14 Queens (21-3, 14-1 ECC) vs. Bridgeport (12-11, 6-7 ECC) – 8 p.m.
The Queens women's basketball team will be recognizing three seniors on Wednesday: Madison Rowland, MacKenzie Rowland and Joya McFarland.
Queens moved up to No. 14 in the WBCA Top 25 Coaches' Poll this week after going 2-0 last week. The Knights have been on fire in 2017, currently riding a 13-game win streak, with their last loss coming more than two months ago. Queens earned a 67-58 comeback win over St. Thomas Aquinas the last time out. Madison and MacKenzie both posted double-doubles in the win, while junior Merrick Rowland tallied 13 points.
The Knights sit atop the ECC standings with a comfortable 3.5-game lead over second-place Molloy. Queens is already locked in for a first-round bye in the ECC Tournament and now looks to clinch the regular season crown with a win against Bridgeport on Wednesday. The Purple Knights, on the other hand, will be fighting for their postseason lives, currently on the outside looking in, sitting in seventh at 6-7 in the ECC.
Madison Rowland, who was recently named ECC Player of the Week for the fourth week in a row, became the program's career scoring leader in Saturday's win over St. Thomas Aquinas. She also recently became the ECC's career points and steals leader, and Rowland only needs nine more rebounds to reach 1,000 for her career. Rowland leads the conference in scoring at 21.0 points per game and is second in rebounding at 10.3 per contest. She is also the national leader with 4.83 steals per game. Meanwhile, MacKenzie Rowland is second in the ECC in points (17.7 PPG) and first in rebounding (10.8 RPG), and she is third nationally with 16 double-doubles.
Bridgeport is fresh off a big win over Molloy, ending a three-game skid with a 71-65 home victory over the Lions. Camera Miley led the Purple Knights with 19 points while going 11-for-11 from the foul line in the win. Miley is the team's leading scorer at 13.3 points per game, while Aurelie Leblanc-Florent follows with 12.6 points per contest.
Queens used a strong fourth quarter to down Bridgeport on the road back in January, 79-62. Madison led the charge for Queens with 29 points, while Leblanc-Florent and Evelyn Ovner scored 21 and 20 points, respectively, for Bridgeport. The Knights (11-0 at home) will look to cap their regular season home schedule on Wednesday with a perfect 12-0 record.
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. Additionally, one fan will take a half-court shot for a chance at a two night stay in Miami/Las Vegas.