DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. (Dec. 12, 2018) – Nora Gabel hit six three-pointers and scored a game-high 32 points as the Queens College women's basketball team was spurred onto a second-half rally in knocking off Mercy by an 83-73 score on Wednesday (Dec. 12) at Victory Hall Sports Center in Dobbs Ferry.
The freshman guard went 9-for-14 from the field for Queens (2-7, 1-2 ECC) as the Knights outscored the host Mavericks (3-6, 0-3 ECC) by a 47-36 margin in the final two quarters of play. Gabel added four rebounds, two steals and an assist to her breakout performance; My'eesa Grant also had a strong effort for QC in the win as the junior forward scored 22 points and pulled down seven rebounds while also adding two blocks. Grant went 9-for-17 from the floor as the Knights turned up the heat in the unfriendly confines of the Mavericks' new gymnasium.
Queens shot 53% (29-55) from the floor as a team and went 7-for-11 from beyond the three-point line as well. The Knights also shot 72% from the free-throw line in the win.
Mercy started off the game with a 7-2 run as Queens was limited to just a lay-up from Lucy Tougas in the game's opening three minutes of play. A lay-up by Grant and a three-pointer from Gabel brought the Knights even at 7-all midway through the first quarter but Cynthia Perez's trifecta gave Mercy the lead right back. Towards the end of the frame, Gabel scored five straight points to put the visitors ahead by a 14-13 margin but Taysha Bender's last-second jumper allowed the home team to lead by one point after ten minutes of play. The teams traded buckets to start the second quarter, but a three-ball by Amber Brown put Mercy up by a 22-16 score with a minute played in the frame. Queens battled back on a 15-9 spurt to even the score at 31-all before another Brown three gave Mercy a 34-31 lead with two minutes to play in the half. The Knights trailed at the half, 36-34, but almost led as Emer Moloney nearly nailed a half-court heave at the buzzer.
Moloney and Gabel opened the third quarter with three-pointers, and the senior would end the Knights' 8-0 run with a lay-up to give Queens a 42-36 lead and force a Mercy timeout with two-and-a-half minutes gone by in the frame. The Mavericks came out of the break with back-to-back buckets but Tougas and Celina Roberts would answer in kind to keep QC ahead by a six-point margin. Gabel stayed in rhythm for the Knights with three makes from beyond the arc and a lay-up to put Queens ahead by double-digits for the first time at 61-50 with less than a minute remaining; a three-pointer from Destinee Hall brought Mercy back within an eight-point deficit heading to the fourth quarter. In the final period of regulation, Mercy would get as close as three points away on several occasions, but the Knights responded each time to increase the lead and ultimately preserve the victory.
Tougas added 11 points, six assists, four rebounds and two steals in the win with Moloney pouring in 12 points and adding five assists and four boards. Roberts posted an eight-rebound game as well for Queens in the victory.
Brown posted a team-high 25 points and eight rebounds for Mercy in the loss, with Bender adding 12 points, seven assists and six rebounds.
Queens will come back to Flushing for a 1:30 p.m. showcase against Bridgeport on Saturday (Dec. 15). The Knights will be celebrating their sixth annual Holiday Hoops Game, a chance for parents to complete their last-minute shopping while giving their kids the opportunity to watch a basketball game and have a Saturday afternoon of fun.