Knights Light It Up from Deep in 75-60 Win over Molloy to Bolster ECC Playoff Hopes

Knights Light It Up from Deep in 75-60 Win over Molloy to Bolster ECC Playoff Hopes
FLUSHING, N.Y. (Feb. 3, 2018) - The Queens College women's basketball team went 9-for-17 from three-point range on Saturday (Feb. 3) as the Knights earned a much-needed victory over the Molloy College Lions in ECC women's basketball action by a 75-60 score at Lucille Kyvallos Court at Fitzgerald Gymnasium.
QC (10-10, 6-6 ECC) came out firing on all cylinders, hitting 61% of their shots (11-16) in the first quarter of play. Emer Moloney hit the first three-pointer of the contest for the Knights, giving Queens a 3-2 lead with two minutes played in the contest. Molloy (8-14, 3-9 ECC) grabbed a 6-3 lead just a few minutes later but the Knights went on a 7-0 run to grab the lead with Rowland, Moloney and Beth Bonin all scoring points in the rally. The visitors brought the game back within two points at 16-14 on an Ihnacinse Grady jumper, but the Knights spent the next 2:44 on a 9-0 run to close out the first quarter with a 25-14 lead. Lucy Tougas made valuable contributions off the bench for Queens helping them boost their lead.
Rowland started the second quarter with a big three-pointer to give QC a 16-point lead at 28-14, and the Knights led at one point the second quarter by as many as 16 points after a Bonin treble gave QC a 35-16 lead midway through the frame. The Lions, however, started a strong comeback in the final five minutes of the first half by going on a 17-7 spurt with Kathryn Gibson hitting a jumper to close out the half. The Knights led 42-33 at the break.
Queens ran away from the competition in the second half, starting with a 21-10 margin in the third quarter. The Knights shot 64% (9-14) from the floor in the third frame and led after three quarters by a 63-43 score, thanks to three-point shooting from Bonin that helped give QC a 58-40 lead with three minutes remaining in the frame. The Lions attempted to make a comeback in the fourth quarter, scoring the first seven points to get within a thirteen-point deficit at 63-50 but Queens ended the quarter by outlasting their opposition to pick up the much needed conference win.
Bonin had a game-high 18 points for Queens as she was one of five players in double figures in the win. Rowland added 16 with Moloney collecting 15; Marina Ramon Lopez had 12 points and Lucy Tougas added a solid ten-point performance off the bench. The Knights scored 25 points off of Molloy's 24 turnovers to help turn the tide in the favor of the hosts. Molloy was led by Gibson's 16 points while Ihnacinse Grady and Gabriella Aspuru added 14 points apiece.
Queens will travel to Old Westbury on Wednesday (Feb. 7) to face the NYIT Bears at 5 p.m.