White’s 36 Points
Propel QC Over Concordia
By Matt Zylbert and Ari Goldstein
When March arrives and the playoffs are just getting started, winning teams might look back at certain key games down the stretch to boost their confidence and remind them that on any given night, they can emerge victorious. For the Lady Knights (10-10, 6-7 NYCAC), their 72-71 triumph over Concordia College this past Saturday evening could very well be one of those special games.
Led by Erin White and her career-high 36 points, the Lady Knights were able to pull out the win after almost
blowing a 17-point halftime lead.
Concordia led by as much as six in the second half, before ultimately letting it slip away in the end. The game
was up for grabs, which is evident based on the two-faced performances of each team during each half. In the
beginning of the game, the Lady Knights were dominant, concluding the first half with a comfortable 44-27
lead. Such was to be expected after shooting over 45 percent from the field.
However, Queens seemingly became a little too relaxed. The team didn’t shoot well in the second half and
played poor defense, as the Lady Clippers came right back on 47 percent shooting in the second half. They
even had a four-point lead with 26 ticks left, before Patti Cronin hit a huge three for Queens to cut the lead to
Concordia was unsuccessful at building their lead, as guard Katie Reynolds couldn’t come through. As a
result, the Lady Knights were able to regain possession, and with 5.1 ticks to go, White was able to draw a
foul, thus paving the way for her two free throws that sunk the Lady Clippers.
She was by far the MVP on this night, as no other Queens player scored in double-figures. It was clear White
had the hot hand, which was evident in her 12-for-22 shooting that includes an incredible 10 three-pointers.
Cronin also played pretty well, as she was just one point shy of the coveted triple-double.
With the loss, Concordia also hindered their playoff future, dropping to the eighth and final seed in the process. Queens, meanwhile, moved up to the fifth spot, a half-game behind Molloy.
Unfortunately, the Lady Knights fell to Molloy 69-54 on Tuesday night, and failed to move up in the standings. The game was close in the first half, with the Lady Knights only down 36-32 at the break. However, the Lady Lions’ defense tightened up, as they stifled the Lady Knights’ offense the rest of the way, holding them to 22 second-half points. Patti Cronin and Jessica Sanchez led Queens with 12 points each, but Molloy guard Randi Bender’s 20 helped the Lady Lions pull away.
Next up for the Lady Knights is a must-win home game today against Dowling College, another NYCAC rival. Dowling currently occupies a place at the bottom of the standings, but the Lady Knights must take this seriously and seek a win in order to further secure a postseason berth. The game starts at 5 p.m. in the FitzGerald Gymnasium, and hopefully the Lady Knights bring their A-game and emerge victorious.