PHILADELPHIA, Pa. (Nov. 12, 2017) – A double-double from Merrick Rowland (22 points, 11 rebounds) was not enough for the Queens College women's basketball team on Sunday (Nov. 12) as the Knights were bettered by Chestnut Hill in an 84-67 decision at the East Region Conference Challenge in Philadelphia.
The Knights (0-2) jumped out to an 8-7 lead in the game's first five minutes with Rowland and Beth Bonin scoring all eight points for Queens in the early going. Chestnut Hill (2-0) ended the first quarter on a 19-7 run which included an 11-2 rally in the final two-and-a-half minutes of the frame to take a 26-15 lead into the second quarter. The Griffins' run was punctuated by three-balls in secession from Caroline Gehring, Cailey Gibson and Shannon Glen before QC's Achol Ajang hit two free throws to close out the scoring in the opening stanza.
The Knights battled back in the second quarter with Ajang getting things started in the first fifteen seconds with a lay-up. Rowland hit a three-pointer with just over a minute played to get QC within eight points at 30-22, and the squad continued to scratch and claw their way closer to the Griffins. Emer Moloney brought Queens within two points at 30-28 on a bucket in the paint but Chestnut Hill kept QC at bay momentarily. The Knights then tied the score up at 32-all on a Rowland lay-up with 6:39 to play in the half; Gibson made a lay-in twenty seconds later for Chestnut Hill, however. Later in the frame, free throws from Rowland and Taliyah Hopkins had the Knights in front by a 40-36 margin with under four minutes to play. The lead would swell to as much as five on a Kaitlyn Mahon three-point play with two minutes to go in the quarter but the Griffins---down 43-38 at that point---ended the half on a 7-0 run to reclaim the lead and go into the tunnel 45-43.
The result of the third quarter further put the Griffins in the driver's seat as Chestnut Hill led after three periods of play by a score of 73-53. QC opened the quarter with an Ajang lay-in tying the score at 45-all, but the Griffins proved just too strong in the quarter. A 14-8 run culminated with Marina Ramon Lopez sinking a jumper midway through the third, getting Queens within six points at 59-53. Chestnut Hill would then run the last five minutes of the stanza, going on a 14-0 run capped off with a lay-up from Jaeda Wildgoose to get the Griffins up by twenty points. The Knights would attempt to shoot their way back into the contest in the fourth and final frame, but the team went just 6-for-24 (25%) from the field and 2-of-15 (13.3%) from three-point range in the final ten minutes of play.
Rowland's performance led Queens on the day as Ajang added a double-double (10 points, 12 rebounds) off the bench in just 19 minutes of action. Bonin chipped in 13 points, scoring just 11 in the first half of action, while Moloney added six points and five steals.
Wildgoose and Glen had 20 points apiece for Chestnut Hill while Gibson added 16 points and Vicky Tumasz collected 11 points of her own. The four starters combined for 67 total points and 22 total rebounds---13 of which were pulled down by Wildgoose.
Queens shot just 33% (26-78) from the field and the icy-cold three-point line was especially unkind to the Knights (5-of-26, 19.2%). Chestnut Hill, meanwhile, hit 39% (9-23) of its three-pointers and 44% (25-57) of its field goals. The Knights won the rebounding battle by two (47-45) but also lost the turnover battle by two (23-21).
Queens College returns to action on Saturday (Nov. 18) when the Knights open the home portion of their schedule against Concordia (N.Y.) at 1:30 p.m. in Flushing.