BROOKVILLE, N.Y. (Jan. 6, 2018) – A second-quarter rally brought the Queens College women's basketball team within a two-point deficit at the halftime break on Saturday (Jan. 6) against LIU Post. The Pioneers, unfortunately, outscored the Knights by a 20-6 margin in the third quarter, propelling the hosts to a 69-54 victory over the Knights at the Pratt Recreation Center in Brookville.
LIU Post (10-4, 5-0 ECC) opened the first quarter on a similar 7-0 rally as early turnovers doomed Queens (6-6, 2-2 ECC) to a deficit. Robyn Francis scored the game's first points with a lay-up just 51 seconds into the contest and Kristen Olsen added a three-pointer a few minutes later to put the Pioneers ahead by five points with 7:45 to play in the first quarter. Following a lay-in by Shannon Doyle, QC got on the board after missing its first five shots of the game. Beth Bonin put home a shot in the paint following an offensive rebound, and Celeste Moran also scored off a feed from Bonin to bring the Knights within three. The hosts upped the lead back to a six-point deficit before Taliyah Hopkins hit a jumper with four minutes to play in the quarter, cutting LIU Post's lead to four points at 10-6. The rest of the quarter ended up being the Kylie Garrett show for the green and gold, as the reserve hit three three-pointers in the final three minutes of the frame to get her side a ten-point lead at 19-9 after one quarter.
The Knights scored the opening bucket of the second quarter as Lucy Tougas collected a bucket in the paint, bringing Queens within a 19-11 deficit. That would be as close as the visitors would get until midway through the period. Following free throws by Moran that brought QC within eleven points at 28-17, Tougas converted a three-point play and Merrick Rowland knocked down a three-pointer to cut the deficit to five points. After a free throw from Sasha Patterson put LIU Post ahead by six points with ninety seconds left, Moran converted a lay-up and Beth Bonin knocked down a three-pointer to bring Queens within a point at 29-28 with 43 seconds to go in the half. The Knights were unable to stop the pressure on defense as Mikaiya Moore converted a three-point play with 17 seconds left, giving LIU Post a 32-28 lead. Queens would have the last laugh in the quarter, as Tougas scored on a lay-up to close the scoring in the half as the Pioneers went into the locker room up 32-30.
The momentum did not last for Queens as the second half began; the Knights went scoreless in the first five minutes of the frame and were out-paced by LIU Post by a 20-6 margin in the entire third quarter. Patterson scored the first four points of the quarter while Doyle added eight points in the quarter. Marina Ramon Lopez scored the Knights' first two points on a bucket in the paint at the exact midway point of the quarter. The Pioneers continued to pour on the offense and led 52-36 after three periods. The fourth quarter opened with Tougas hitting a jumper to bring Queens within a 52-38 deficit, but Olsen collected five straight points from the Pioneers to keep the distance and keep the Knights at bay for the remainder of the contest.
Bonin led Queens in the loss with a game-high 16 points, hitting five shots from the field including two three-pointers. Tougas was a perfect 4-for-4 from the field and score nine points overall while Rowland added seven points, four rebounds and four steals. Ramon Lopez added eight points and eight rebounds while Hopkins and Moran each scored six points. The Knights shot just 35% (19-55) from the field and were undone by 28 team turnovers which turned into 25 LIU Post points.
The Pioneers were led by a balanced scoring attack as Olsen shot 6-of-9 from the field to score a team-high 15 points in the victory. Patterson added 12 points and Doyle had 11 points and six rebounds. Francis and Moore each pulled down seven rebounds for the green and gold. LIU Post shot 42.4% (25-59) from the field in the win and hit 8-of-21 (38%) from the three-point line.
Queens College will host Mercy College on Wednesday (Jan. 10) at Lucille Kyvallos Court at Fitzgerald Gymnasium as the Knights continue the East Coast Conference schedule slate. Tip-off is set for 5:30 p.m.