FLUSHING, NY – Do not miss your chance to witness history on Wednesday night when senior Madison Rowland attempts to accomplish a feat only one other Queens College women's basketball player has done before this point: reach 2,000 points for her illustrious collegiate career.
After sharing team-high honors with 20 points during Saturday's win over St. Thomas Aquinas, Madison enters Wednesday's matchup against Daemen College only six points away from the historic milestone. Surpassing the mark would vault her into the exclusive company of Queens College great and 2015 Hall of Fame Inductee, Shalonda Young ('88), who between 1984-88 amassed 2,166 points to become the all-time leading scorer in Queens College women's basketball history.
Madison also has the special opportunity of becoming the East Coast Conference's record holder for field goals made on Wednesday, needing only eight to pass Philadelphia University's Theresa Carroll, who set the current mark of 795 back in 2000.
The action kicks off Wednesday night when the men open tip against Daemen at 5:30 p.m. The women's game will follow suit with a tentative start of 7:30 p.m. Sample burritos, chips and guacamole will be available courtesy of Qdoba all evening long, and fans will also receive 'Go Knights!' thunderstix for this special occasion. One lucky fan will even be in the running to have a better night than Madison with Wednesday's competition to receive a getaway excursion courtesy of Fare Buzz. Do not miss all the action!
Amid all the record-buzz, the Queens College women's basketball team carries a four-game win streak into Wednesday's matchup with the Wildcats, positioning themselves at the top of the East Coast Conference standings with a 6-1 conference record and 12-3 overall mark. The Knights' sported one of the nation's stingiest defenses during the stretch, limiting their opponents to 59 points per game on 34 percent shooting from the field; the latter of which would have ranked them 21st in the country through games played on January 5th.
Daemen, on the other end, travels to Queens with a 2-4 record in conference play, and 5-9 overall standing. Coach Jenepher Banker's team dropped their last contest, a road matchup with then-league leaders St. Thomas Aquinas, which ended their spurt of two consecutive wins over Lake Erie College and Mercy College. Junior Sarah Saba leads the Wildcats in scoring and rebounding with 16.4 points per game and 7.5 rebounds. Senior Leah McDonell fills in behind her with per game averages of 15.7 points and 5.4 rebounds.
Coach Bet Naumovski's squad will be led again by Madison in the hunt for 2,000 points, and MacKenzie Rowland, who currently leads the conference with nine double-doubles following her 18-point 13-rebound performance on Saturday. And after knocking down 11 three-pointers in her last two games, Merrick Rowland will be expected to provide a similar boost from behind the arc to open the Knights' offense.
See you there!