FLUSHING, N.Y. (Feb. 10, 2018) – Beth Bonin had a game-high 23 points but the Queens College women's basketball team was unable to overcome an early deficit as the Pioneers completed a wire-to-wire 85-65 win over the Knights on Saturday (Feb. 10) at Lucille Kyvallos Court at Fitzgerald Gymnasium.
LIU Post (18-6, 13-1 ECC) jumped out to a 7-0 advantage in the game's first two minutes as Queens (10-12, 6-8 ECC) was beset by early turnovers. The Pioneers led by as many as 13 points in the first quarter, with a Kristen Olsen three-pointer midway through the frame giving LIU Post a 14-4 lead; the lead swelled to 19-6 after a lay-up by Shannon Doyle with 4:17 to play in the quarter. QC closed out the period on an 8-0 run with Bonin and Marina Ramon Lopez knocking down buckets in the final minute of play as the Knights ended the opening frame down by a 19-14 score.
The Pioneers opened the second quarter of play with an 8-2 run as Sasha Patterson and Mikaiya Moore created a myriad of second-chance opportunities with offensive rebounds converted into free throws. Merrick Rowland hit a three-ball for the Knights at the midway portion of the period to bring QC within eight points at 29-21 and the Knights were as close as six points after a lay-up by Bonin with less than 30 seconds to play. LIU Post scored last as a Doyle lay-up at the horn gave the visitors a 37-29 edge going into halftime.
In the second half, Moore collected a three-pointer to put the visitors ahead 44-33 with seven-and-a-half minutes remaining in the frame. Queens, however, would come back to a two-point deficit a few short minutes later as Bonin rained in a three to cut LIU Post's lead to 46-44 with just over four minutes remaining in the third period. The Knights would not get closer, however, as LIU Post ended the frame up 60-51; the visiting side carried the momentum into the fourth quarter, outscoring Queens by a 25-14 margin to put the game on ice.
Bonin was 9-for-16 from the floor with three steals, four rebounds and two assists to go along with her game-high point total. Taliyah Hopkins had 14 points and eight rebounds off the bench as the Knights shot 42% (25-59) from the field in the effort. QC could not overcome 25 turnovers, however, as LIU Post converted those miscues to 30 points. Patterson had a double-double with 19 & 11 as Moore poured in 18 & 8 for the Pioneers. Dominique Williams notched 12 points off the bench with five rebounds and four steals.
Of note, junior guard Kaitlyn Mahon made her return for the Knights having not played since Dec. 9. Mahon was in the starting line-up and played 15 minutes total, scoring two points with two assists, a block, a steal and a rebound in her first game back.
Queens will now travel for a three-game road trip, beginning on Friday (Feb. 16) when the Knights head to Rochester to take on Roberts Wesleyan. Tip-off from the Voller Athletic Center is set for 6 p.m.