QUEENS, N.Y., March 7, 2017—As the East Coast Conference (ECC) regular season champion Queens College women’s basketball team begins play as the top seed in this weekend’s ECC Championship, it will be banking on the extraordinary talents of the senior who has done more than anyone to get them there.
Madison Rowland set school and conference records in points and steals this season, while also becoming the first player in program history with 2,000 career points and 1,000 career rebounds. Madison, who leads the ECC in scoring with 21.3 points per game, also leads NCAA Division II with 4.6 steals per game. Her teammate and older sister, senior MacKenzie Rowland, leads the ECC in rebounding with 10.8 per game, and is second in scoring at 17.7 points per game, while Madison is second in rebounding with 10.3 per contest.
“This season has been full of accomplishments, both individual and team. It’s all so special to me and the team,” says Madison. “We still have some more goals that we want to achieve, so we aren’t done yet, but so far it’s been great.”
“It’s been a truly special season for not only Madison, but for the entire women’s basketball team,” says Queens College Assistant Vice President/Athletics Director China Jude. “Madison is a remarkable student-athlete, and it’s been a pleasure watching her succeed. We are so proud of what she has accomplished this season and how well the team has represented Queens College on a national level.”
Just one win away from her 100th victory at Queens and en route to a possible third straight ECC Championship, head coach Elizabeth Naumovski says, “I’m very honored and blessed to have Madison as part of my coaching journey. She is a very special player and person. Some have the physical attributes. Some have the skill. Some have the will. Some have the smarts. Others have the ability to lead. Madison has it all, and that is why she is one of the greatest student-athletes to ever wear a Knights jersey in any sport.”
The QC women’s basketball team earned a first-round bye for the ECC Championship, which is being hosted by the University of Bridgeport. They will play the winner of No. 4 Roberts Wesleyan College/No. 5 NYIT in the semifinals at noon on Saturday, March 4.
The title game is scheduled for noon on Sunday, March 5.