ORANGEBURG, N.Y. (Nov. 20, 2018) – The Queens College women's basketball team yielded a 16-8 run over the final six-plus minutes of play as Dominican (NY) stormed back to take a 58-55 win over the Knights on Tuesday (Nov. 20) at the Hennessy Center in Rockland County.
Queens (1-3) was led by a career performance from sophomore guard Lucy Tougas, whose 20 points led all scorers. Tougas shot 8-for-11 from the field and also had five rebounds for the Knights while Beth Bonin added 12 points and three rebounds off the bench in the losing effort. Analeza Edore poured in eight points with five rebounds as Emer Moloney contributed ten rebounds, four assists and two steals.
Jasmine Gee led Dominican (1-4) with 17 points including the final two field goals for her side, which lifted her to a perfect 6-for-6 from the floor. Gee also led the Chargers with eight rebounds; Ciera Rivera had 11 points (7-for-7 from the free throw line) for the hosts.
The opening points of the contest came ninety seconds in on a jumper by Tougas as both teams struggled to find an early-game rhythm. The Knights led 6-0 with four minutes played thanks to a My'eesa Grant lay-in and two free throws from Nora Gabel before Dominican collected its first two points of the evening on foul shots by Rivera. Queens led after the first quarter by an 18-11 margin only because Tougas hit a three-pointer at the buzzer and was fouled in the process; the sophomore converted the four-point play to give QC the seven-point edge.
Bonin struck first in the second quarter of play with a three-ball on an assist from Gabel---whose steal started the transition---to put the Knights up by a 21-11 margin. Queens took its largest lead of the contest with four minutes to play in the half, as a Grant bucket put the visitors up by a 27-14 advantage. Dominican ended the half on an 11-4 run, however, and the Knights' lead was just six points at the break (31-25).
The Chargers tied the game at 33-all in the third quarter as Ashley Merritt hit a three-pointer with six-and-a-half minutes to play in the frame. Tougas responded with a jumper to get QC a 35-33 lead and the rest of the quarter ensued with the hosts tying the score until Queens surged back in front. A lay-up from Edore ended the scoring in the third period with the Knights ahead by a count of 43-40. The Knights opened the fourth quarter with free throws from Bonin and another jumper by Tougas but the Chargers stayed in the contest thanks to Gee. The junior forward scored Dominican's first nine points of the quarter on a 9-0 personal run over the course of a five-minute stretch; Gee's last points in that run gave the Chargers a 51-47 lead with four minutes to play in regulation but Bonin knocked down a three-pointer to end the stretch and bring the Knights within a point at 51-50. Tougas hit two free throws to put Queens ahead 52-51 with two-and-a-half minutes remaining, but the host Chargers put up a 7-3 final run including back-breaking lay-ups by Gee down the stretch. Bonin had a chance for a game-tying three at the buzzer, but her effort fell short of the mark.
Queens will host Southern Connecticut State on Sunday (Nov. 25) at 3:30 p.m. inside Fitzgerald Gymnasium.