CALDWELL, N.J. (Dec. 6, 2017) - The Queens College women's basketball team yielded a 15-1 run to Caldwell University in the final three minutes of regulation as the Knights dropped a difficult non-conference match-up to the Cougars on Wednesday (Dec. 6) by a score of 66-59.
Queens (3-4) was led by sophomore guard Beth Bonin, who accumulated 19 points off the bench for the Knights. Merrick Rowland added 11 points and nine rebounds for Queens while Emer Moloney scored eight points and dished out five assists. Dah'Vielle Lucas and Marina Ramon Lopez each tallied six points off the bench for the Knights as Kaitlyn Mahon collected four points with five assists, three rebounds and two steals.
Sharell Sanders had a game-high 20 points for Caldwell (7-2) as Kristen Siscamanis added 16 points and Kristen Drogsler netted 13 points in the win. Karlie O'Driscoll had eight points and eight rebounds off the bench and Maura Kelty collected seven boards for the Cougars, as well.
Caldwell led 34-27 on the Knights after the first half of play, but QC rolled to a 22-11 third-quarter margin and grabbed a 49-45 lead through three periods of play. Rowland and Bonin did most of the damage, with a three-point play by the latter giving the Knights a 43-42 lead with 2:20 remaining in the frame. A 6-0 Knights run was manufactured by free throws from Taliyah Hopkins, a jumper by Achol Ajang and a lay-in from Rowland but Sanders hit a jumper to end the quarter and keep Caldwell down by four. The Knights led by as many as seven points in the fourth quarter after free throws from Moloney with three-and-a-half minutes to play, but the hosts ended the game on the aforementioned 15-1 spurt to close out the contest.
Queens will open East Coast Conference play on Saturday (Dec. 9) as the Knights head to Rockville Centre to face Molloy College. Tip-off is set for 12 p.m.