FLUSHING, NY. – In a rematch of the 2016 ECC Championship game, the combination of seniors Madison and Mackenzie Rowland poured in 50 points combined as the No. 18 Queens College women's basketball defeated the Redhawks of Roberts Wesleyan College 77-65 at Fitzgerald Gymnasium. With the win, the Knights improved to 3-0, 1-0 in ECC play on the young season, while the Redhawks moved to 2-1 overall, and 0-1 in conference action.
The Knights got off to a quick start as freshman Beth Bonin kick-started the scoring with a three 16 seconds into the game. Mad. Rowland struck a three of her own as QC got a quick 6-0 start with barely a minute gone in the first stanza. A back and forth first quarter followed before RWC's Emily Miller connected on a free throw to take a 17-16 lead into the second quarter.
The second quarter was not much different as the Redhawks refused to let the Knights run away with the game. The Knights took a six-point advantage after Mac. Rowland connected both free throws of her own. But the Redhawks battled back to cut the deficit by one (37-36) as the teams went into the half.
Sophomore Kaitlyn Mahon's layup started an 11-1 run in the third quarter as QC ran away with the game to take a 50-37 lead with 6:26 remaining in the period. The Knights outscored the Redhawks 25-15 in the third. The Redhawks cut the deficit down to seven (62-55) behind a Miller layup, but Madison scored back-to-back buckets to extend the lead back to double digits (66-55).
The Knights shot 42.5% (31-73) from, while the Redhawks shot 40.0% (24-60) for the game. Mac. Rowland scored 26 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for her first double-double of the season, while Mad. Rowland racked up a double-double of her own with 24 points, 14 rebounds, and season-high eight steals. Junior Merrick Rowland scored 11 points and grabbed six rebounds. For the Redhawks, Miller posted a double-double of her own scoring 15 points (6-13 FG) and 10 rebounds. The Knights forced 19 turnovers, resulting in 19 points of their own and dropped in 19-second chance points.
UPNEXT: The Knights return to non-conference action on Saturday, as they play host to the Cougars of Caldwell University (3-0) with tipoff set for 3:00 pm.