ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Clinging to a two-point lead in the waning minutes, the No. 18 Queens College women's basketball team used an 11-4 run to hold off Roberts Wesleyan College, 72-63, for its 12th consecutive win on Wednesday night. With the victory, the Knights (20-3, 13-1 ECC) reached the 20-win plateau for the fourth season in a row.
Senior Madison Rowland and redshirt senior MacKenzie Rowland both recorded double-doubles to lead the charge, while sophomore Kaitlyn Mahon scored a season-high 14 points on 7-of-12 shooting. The Knights held a major advantage on the glass, outrebounding the Redhawks 47-32, including 17 offensive rebounds.
Madison tallied her 12th double-double of the season with game highs of 21 points, 18 rebounds and seven assists. Additionally, she once again made East Coast Conference (ECC) history by breaking the league's career steals record, recording five in the game for a career total of 468. Madison now has 2,161 career points as well, putting her just five points away from the program's career scoring record of 2,166 held by Shalonda Young.
For MacKenzie, it was her 15th double-double of the season, as she totaled 19 points and 16 rebounds. She reached a double-double midway through the second quarter, needing only 14:26 to do so. The 16 rebounds were her second-highest total of the season, and eight of those rebounds came on the offensive glass. Junior Merrick Rowland added 10 points and six rebounds for the Knights, while sophomore Emer Moloney shot 3-for-3 overall for six points off the bench.
The Rowland sisters scored all 22 of the Knights' points in the first quarter, as Queens jumped out to an early lead just 12 second in and never trailed in the game. The Knights took an 11-2 advantage early before the Redhawks went on a 9-2 run to cut the lead to just two at the 4:55 mark. Queens would extend its lead to 22-15 after the first period and maintained a seven-point advantage 4:05 into the second quarter after six straight points from Mahon. After Moloney pushed the lead to nine with 3:09 left until the half, Roberts Wesleyan scored the final five points to make it 35-31 at the break.
Queens came out of the break on fire, scoring the first seven points of the third to take a 42-31 lead. The Knights outscored the Redhawks 20-10 in the third quarter to take their largest lead of the game, 55-41, going into the fourth. Roberts Weselyan clawed its way back, however, and a three-pointer by Lucy Covley made it a two-point game at 61-59 with 2:47 to play. That's when the Knights used their 11-4 run to end the comeback bid, taking the 72-63 road win.
The Knights will return home for a 3:30 p.m. matchup against St. Thomas Aquinas College on Saturday, Feb. 11.