FLUSHING, N.Y. (Apr. 17, 2018) - The Queens College Women's Basketball Team officially welcomed its four National Letter of Intent recruits to the Knights family on Tuesday (Apr. 17). The signings of these four student-athletes signify the intent of the Knights to return to prominence after last year's team once again made the East Coast Conference postseason tournament.
Five-foot-nine guard Nora Gabel compiled one of the more brilliant seasons in Suffolk County basketball history as a senior at Comsewogue High School. Gabel totaled 455 points in her swan song season with the Warriors, averaging 22.8 points per game and setting the Comsewogue record for career points with 1,619. To add to this, Gabel broke the school record in a postseason battle against Half Hollow Hills West---a game in which she scored 34 points. Her true highlight of the year was in her squad's Dec. 12 game vs. Centereach: Gabel scored 50 points and also pulled down ten rebounds while dishing out four assists.
Of Gabel, QC Head Women's Basketball Coach Elizabeth Naumovski said the following: "Nora is a versatile guard that can consistently knockdown the outside shot, handle the ball and finish at the rim. She is a true competitor and team player. Academically, she is a very strong student that is a great fit for Queens both on and off the court."
Gabel stated the she is "both humbled and excited to be continuing both my education as well as my basketball career at QC. To turn to a new chapter with the Queens College family is a blessing."
Maia Fawcett will make the short trek to Flushing from the Grand Street Campus of the High School for Enterprise, Business and Technology after a stellar senior campaign. The five-foot-six point guard for the Lady Wolves averaged just under 18 points per game while also accumulating 3.6 assists and 5.4 rebounds per game. Like Gabel, Fawcett put together some impressive statistics in her final high school season. In a 96-89 win for Grand Street over Boys and Girls back in January, Fawcett collected 27 points to go along with six rebounds and five assists. She also notched a 24-point effort in the team's playoff loss to Susan E. Wagner High School of Staten Island, adding three rebounds and two assists to her account for the Lady Wolves.
"Maia," said Coach Naumovski, "is a point guard that can score the ball in many ways. She is a student of the game with a passion for the sport. Her potential is high."
Fawcett commented that she is "very thrilled to be a part of this team; not everyone has the opportunity to be a part of a college team. I am ready to play for Queens College and the work put in for this moment has paid off but it is time for the next level. I'm not done working and I'm ready to excel even more in basketball and continue my journey."
Coach Naumovski also selected Fawcett's teammate, forward Lakeisha Officer, to don a Knights uniform for her four-year collegiate career. The five-foot-eleven "diamond in the rough," to use Naumovski's words, scored 11.3 points per game in just 12 games played for the Lady Wolves but it was her rebounding acumen that set her apart from the rest of Brooklyn's finest. Officer pulled down 111 total rebounds---including 82 defensive boards---in her dozen contests at Grand Street Campus. She contributed a double-double with 20 points and 11 rebounds in Grand Street's 86-78 win over Boys and Girls in December and had 21 points and 12 boards in the Lady Wolves' 96-89 win over the same Boys and Girls school a month later.
Officer "can score both inside and out," according to Naumovski, "back-to-the-basket, off the dribble or nail the perimeter jumper. She has tremendous potential."
Standing north of six feet tall and hailing from the St. Francis Prep Terriers, center Celina Roberts rounds out the NLI signings for Queens College in the off-season period. Roberts played in a very physical league and was a do-it-all player for SFP. Against St. Mary's back on Dec. 28, Roberts compiled eight points and 11 rebounds; she later posted eight points, nine assists and five rebounds against Bishop Loughlin on Jan. 20. Arguably her best game came against Notre Dame on Feb. 16 when she pulled down eleven rebounds (seven on the offensive glass) and contributed 13 points for the Terriers as well.
"Celina is a gritty, physical center that will be a tough presence for us in the paint," Naumovski mentioned. "She competes at a high level and is a vocal team leader."
These four new recruits will join an already-stacked roster with All-ECC First Teamer Beth Bonin, senior guards Kaitlyn Mahon and Emer Moloney and last year's freshman standout Lucy Tougas along with Taliyah Hopkins and Nalae Crosland as the Knights' outlook for the 2018-19 season begins to take shape.