WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senior Madison Rowland scored 26 points and became the all-time leader in career points in East Coast Conference (ECC) history, as the 24th-ranked Queens College women's basketball team dispatched the University of the District of Columbia (UDC), 66-49, on Saturday afternoon. It was the 10th win in a row for Queens (18-3, 11-1 ECC), finishing the month of January with a perfect 8-0 mark.
Rowland entered the game needing only 22 points to reach the all-time record of 2,115, which was held by Philadelphia University's Theresa Carroll (1996-00). She nearly achieved the milestone before halftime, registering 17 points in the first half alone, but it was at the 5:23 mark in the third quarter when Rowland easily put home a breakaway layup to become the ECC's new all-time leading scorer. Rowland now holds the record with 2,119 career points. The senior added 13 rebounds for her 10th double-double on the year, while she also registered five assists and five steals in the game
The Knights trailed for only 2:25 early in the first quarter before opening things up to hold an 18-8 advantage after the opening frame. Rowland then made the first three baskets of the second quarter for the Knights and finished with 10 points in the period to help Queens to a 37-22 halftime lead.
The third quarter was completely dominated by the Knights, outscoring the Firebirds 21-11 in the period. The Knights shot 60 percent from the field as a team in the quarter with six steals while holding the Firebirds to 28.6 percent shooting. Queens led by as many as 26 points late in the third and entered the final quarter with a demanding 58-33 lead. UDC eventually came within 15 in the fourth, but the damage was already done, as Queens breezed to the 17-point victory.
Four Knights scored in double figures led by Rowland's game-high 26 points on 11-of-20 shooting. Redshirt senior MacKenzie Rowland had 12 points, seven rebounds, four assists and three blocks. Junior Merrick Rowland tallied 12 points and two blocks, while freshman Beth Bonin chipped in with 10 points, including a pair of three-pointers.
Queens shot 45.3 percent as a team while limiting UDC to a lowly 27.3 percent for the game. The Knights dominated down low, outscoring the Firebirds 38-14 in the paint. Queens maintains its lead over Molloy atop the ECC standings at 11-1 in conference play.
Next up for Madison Rowland is the Queens scoring record of 2,166 points held by Shalonda Young. She stands just 47 points away from that mark. The Knights will return home to Fitzgerald Gym for a big ECC matchup with second-place Molloy on Wednesday, Feb. 1, at 5:30 p.m. as part of Play4Kay.