FLUSHING, N.Y. – It was a historic night for senior Madison Rowland of the Queens College women's basketball team, as she passed Shalonda Young to become the program's career scoring leader in the Knights' 67-58 comeback win over St. Thomas Aquinas College on Saturday. The win was the 13th in a row for Queens (21-3, 14-1 ECC).
Rowland, who finished with a team-high 21 points, now has 2,182 career points, surpassing Young's previous mark of 2,166. Entering the game needing just six points to break the career mark, Madison captured the scoring record at the 7:34 mark early in the third quarter on a soft lay-in, coincidentally on an assist from her sister, MacKenzie Rowland.
Madison was also honored by the East Coast Conference (ECC) prior to the game after recently setting conference records in both career points and steals. In addition, she is also just nine rebounds away from 1,000 for her career, which would make her the first player in program history to record career milestones of 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds.
As for the Knights, their 13th consecutive win did not come easy, as the Spartans of St. Thomas Aquinas (STAC) gave Queens a fight to the finish. In fact, STAC (16-9, 10-5 ECC) led for a good portion of the second half. The Spartans took an 11-point lead, their largest of the game, with 52 seconds to go in the third quarter on a layup by Kellyann Averill, but Madison made back-to-back three-pointers over the final 31 seconds to cut the deficit to just five at 50-45 entering the fourth quarter.
The turning point came midway through the fourth when Madison drew a foul while placing home a layup, making her free-throw attempt and converting the three-point play to give the Knights a 57-55 lead with 6:36 to go. From there, Queens held STAC to just three points, with the only field goal coming in the final second.
Madison and MacKenzie both posted double-doubles for Queens. For Madison, it was her 13th double-double of the season, posting 10 rebounds, four assists and four steals in addition to her 21 points. For MacKenzie, it was her 16th double-double of the season, finishing with 18 points on 8-of-10 shooting, 10 rebounds and two blocks. Junior Merrick Rowland also tallied 13 points, five rebounds and two steals in the victory.
Queens (11-0 at home) will look to cap off its regular season home slate with a perfect record when they return to Fitzgerald Gymnasium on Wednesday for Senior Day. The Knights will take on the University of Bridgeport at 8 p.m.