FLUSHING, N.Y. (Nov. 17, 2018) - Down 21-5 at one point in the first quarter, the Queens College women's basketball team battled to an eleven-point deficit at halftime before ultimately dropping a 91-64 decision against eighth-ranked Bentley University on Saturday (Nov. 17) at Fitzgerald Gymnasium.
The Knights (1-2) took a 3-2 lead in the opening quarter as Beth Bonin nailed a three-pointer to put QC on the board following a basket from the visitors' Maddy Springfield. That constituted the scoring in the first minute of play, as Bentley (3-0) went on a 19-2 run over the next five-and-a-half minutes of action with the damage coming from beyond the three-point line. Springfield made three long-range jumpers in that span and the Falcons would lead 23-8 on a lay-up by Erin Nolan. Bonin collected eight of the Knights' final ten points in the period, however, to bring Queens within a 27-18 deficit as the junior guard hit two straight trebles and converted a steal into a buzzer-beating lay-up to end the quarter.
Queens opened the second period of play by cutting the lead to seven points as My'eesa Grant hit a lay-up with thirty seconds gone by in the frame to make the score 27-20 in favor of the visitors. A 10-4 run from Bentley in the next three minutes extended the hosts' lead to 37-24 but five straight points from Analeza Edore off the bench brought QC back within a ten point margin at 39-29 with five minutes to play in the half. After another 7-0 run from the Falcons, Bonin and Lucy Tougas hit back-to-back threes to try and keep it close as Bentley entered the halftime break up by a 52-41 count.
The Knights would again cut the deficit to single digits in the third quarter as four straight points from Tougas sliced Bentley's lead to a 52-45 mark in the opening minute-and-a-half of play. However, Victoria Lux took over for the visitors with eleven points over the remaining eight minutes of action and a three-ball from Megan Lewis ended the frame with the Falcons ahead by a 73-54 mark. Bentley opened the fourth quarter on an 11-0 run to put the game firmly out of reach for Queens College.
Bonin led all scorers with 19 points, hitting 50% (5-10) of her three-pointers and going 7-of-15 from the floor overall. The junior guard also had a team-high four assists in the losing effort; Tougas, meanwhile, contributed 13 points with four rebounds and three assists. Edore added nine points and eight rebounds off the bench as Grant had seven points and eight boards of her own. Maia Fawcett, earning her first career collegiate start, added seven points for the Knights.
Lux led Bentley with 18 points with 16 of them coming in the second half of action, as Lewis had 14 points and six assists. Springfield and Katie Meriggioli each poured in 13 points for the Falcons with Julia Ford adding 11 off the bench as Kolleen Bouchard added ten. Amy McConnell had six points and seven assists in the victory.
The Knights are back in action on Tuesday (Nov. 20) as the team travels to Orangeburg to face the Dominican (NY) Chargers at 7 p.m.