FLUSHING, N.Y. (Jan. 10, 2018) - Despite a career-high 17 rebounds from sophomore guard Beth Bonin to go along with a team-high 23 points, the Queens College women's basketball team came up short in an 80-75 overtime loss to Mercy College on Wednesday (Jan. 10).
Bonin's 17 rebounds were the most in a basketball game for QC (6-7, 2-3 ECC) since MacKenzie Rowland pulled down 18 rebounds in the NCAA East Regional Final versus Molloy on Mar. 13, 2017. She also had six assists but shot just 9-of-27 from the field in the game. Merrick Rowland had 22 points, eight rebounds and five assists while Marina Ramon Lopez continued her stellar play as of late with 14 points, nine boards, five assists and three steals.
Mercy (6-10, 2-5 ECC) was led by a 30-point, 10-rebound performance from Amber Brown---who also shot 15-of-16 from the free throw line in the win for the Mavericks. Cynthia Perez (13), Anna Zaborowska (11) and Latisha Clark (10) combined with Brown for 64 of the Mavs' 80 points on the night.
The Knights led 35-28 at the half following a Rowland three-pointer to close out the scoring in the first twenty minutes of action. Lucy Tougas bolstered the lead to 37-28 with the first points of the second half but Mercy rattled off eleven straight points to give Mercy the lead and the Mavericks outscored the Knights 24-12 in the third quarter to lead 52-47 going into the final frame. Mercy held a 60-53 edge midway through the fourth quarter, but Queens stormed back on an 10-0 run to take a 63-60 lead with Rowland and Ramon Lopez scoring all ten points in the rally. Brown made six free throws down the stretch but the Knights had one last chance at 66-all with four seconds to play in regulation, but the Mavericks held firm on defense to force overtime.
Perez opened the extra session with a three-pointer from the opening tip and two free throws gave her the first five points of overtime and put Mercy ahead 71-66. Later in the frame, Clark would hit two free throws before Bonin knocked down a three-pointer to even the game at 73-all with 90 seconds to go. The two sides traded free throws but Mercy pulled away with 30 seconds remaining. Following a Rowland turnover, a Zaborowska three-ball in transition put the nail in the coffin on the Knights' chances of a win.
Queens College travels to Connecticut on Saturday (Jan. 13) to face Bridgeport in a 1 p.m. showcase.