VALHALLA, N.Y. – The 24th-ranked Queens College women's basketball team picked up its ninth consecutive victory with a 65-51 road win over Mercy in East Coast Conference (ECC) action Wednesday night. Madison Rowland and MacKenzie Rowland led the way with a combined total of 37 points and 21 rebounds.
Queens (17-3, 10-1 ECC) erased an early seven-point deficit in the first quarter before outscoring Mercy 17-9 in the third quarter to take full control. Madison Rowland, the reigning ECC Player of the Week, tallied 24 points (8-of-16 FG, 3-of-4 3PT), nine rebounds and four steals. MacKenzie Rowland registered her 14th double-double of the season with 13 points and 12 rebounds, while she added five blocks and four steals on the defensive end.
Mercy (3-16, 1-10 ECC) jumped out to a 12-5 lead midway through the first quarter, but the Knights would storm back and end the period on a 12-2 run to take a 17-14 lead. Queens took a 35-28 lead into halftime with Madison Rowland's 16 first-half points leading the charge. The Mavericks would cut the lead to just two at 35-33 over the first 2:28 of the second half, but the Knights caught fire in the third, using a 17-4 run to end the quarter with a comfortable 52-37 lead. Seven different player scored in the fourth quarter, as the Knights sealed the victory, 65-51.
The Knights outscored Mercy 32-18 in the paint, while the team also held a 15-3 advantage in bench scoring and a 10-0 advantage in fastbreak points. Queens shot 39.7 percent from the field and 36.4 percent from behind the arc while holding the Mavericks to just 28 percent shooting for the night.
Merrick Rowland added seven points, four rebounds and two steals for the Knights. Dah'Vielle Lucas added six points and three rebounds in 11 minutes off the bench, while Beth Bonin chipped in with five assists, four points and two steals.
With her 24 points on the night, Madison Rowland (2,093 career points) is now just 22 points away from the all-time ECC scoring record of 2,115 points. She will look to make history this weekend, as the Knights will travel to the University of the District of Columbia on Saturday for a 1 p.m. ECC matchup.