It was the 10th win in a row for Queens (18-3, 11-1), finishing the month of January with a perfect 8-0 mark.
Rowland entered the game needing only 22 points to reach the all-time record of 2,115, which was held by Philadelphia University’s Theresa Carroll (1996-00).
She nearly achieved the milestone before halftime, registering 17 points in the first half alone, but it was at the 5:23 mark in the third quarter when Rowland easily put home a breakaway layup to become the ECC’s new all-time leading scorer.
Rowland now holds the record with 2,119 career points. The senior added 13 rebounds for her 10th double-double on the year, while she also registered five assists and five steals in the game
Next up for Rowland is the Queens scoring record of 2,166 points held by Shalonda Young. She stands just 47 points away from that mark. The Knights were scheduled to return home to Fitzgerald Gym for a big ECC matchup with second-place Molloy on Wednesday, at 5:30 p.m.
Meanwhile, the Queens College men’s basketball team scorched the net during the second half, connecting on 58 percent of their field goals to run past the University of the District of Columbia, 91-85, in a high-octane East Coast Conference matchup Saturday for their fourth straight win.
The win was critical for the Knights’ postseason hopes, improving their conference record to 8-4 and pushing them ahead of the Firebirds into a tie for third place in the ECC standings.
Senior Tyree White topped 20 points for the third consecutive game while leading four Knights scorers in double figures with 23 points and eight rebounds.
Seniors Diego Maldonado and Marquis Roberts each netted 16 points, which for Roberts is a career high at Queens, and Kyheim Chaplin continued to spark the team off the bench, scoring all 14 of his points after halftime.
The Knights will have a chance to push their current streak to five games when they return home for a conference matchup with Molloy College on Wednesday. Game time is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.