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Women's basketball: Gaels crush Saints

Sunday, February 24, 2013
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— Iona used a 16-0 run to build a 20-point lead, and the Gaels went on to defeat Siena, 71-47, Sunday afternoon in a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference game at the Hynes Athletics Center.

Siena shot just 23.3 percent (14-for-60) from the field, including 1-for-9 from three-point range, to fall to 7-9 in the conference and 11-16 overall.

With the defeat, Siena remains tied for sixth with Canisius, which also lost Sunday. With two games remaining, next Sunday’s matchup between the Saints and Golden Griffins in the regular-season fin-ale will likely decide who finishes sixth, and who is relegated to a first-round game in the MAAC championships.

Iona (16-11, 11-5) raced out to a 32-17 halftime lead and led by 17 early in the second half. But the Saints, who rallied from 15 down to beat Saint Peter’s Friday, nearly pulled off another major comeback.

Siena went on a 15-2 run to close the gap to 36-32 with 12:48 remaining.

But the potent Iona attack, which leads the MAAC in scoring, answered Siena’s counterpunch with the knockout punch. The Gaels went on a 16-0 run over four minutes to put the game away.

For the first time this season, no Siena player scored in double figures. Allison Mullings had another solid outing, leading the way with nine points and a career-high eight rebounds. Lily Grenci, who entered the game needing 16 points for 1,000 for her career, was limited to just six points on 2-for-12 shooting.

SIENA (47)

Grenci 2-12 2-2 6, Zarotney 3-7 2-2 8, Stewart 0-4 2-2 2, Mullings 4-8 1-2 9, Coles 2-6 0-0 4, Krogh 1-4 0-0 3, Kelly 1-7 4-4 6, Cummings 0-2 0-0 0, Lysius Cote 0-0 2-2 2, Sole anglada 1-9 5-6 7, Booth 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 14-60 18-22 47.

IONA (71)

Adams 8-16 0-1 16, Dorcas-Eya 1-4 0-0 2, D’Angelo 0-2 0-0 0, Martinez 6-14 0-0 16, Hubbard 4-6 0-0 10, Jeridore 2-4 0-0 4, Powell 4-10 6-6 15, Robinson 2-4 0-0 5, Henry 0-1 0-0 0, Ranger 1-3 0-0 3, Hawkins 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 28-65 6-7 71.

Halftime: Iona, 32-17. Three-point goals: Siena 1-9 (Grenci 0-1, Coles 0-1, Krogh 1-1, Cummings 0-1, Sola Anglada 0-4, Booth 0-1). Iona 9-20 (D’Angelo 0-1, Martinez 4-8, Hubbard 2-4, Powell 1-2, Robinson 1-2, Ranger 1-3). Rebounds: Siena 42 (Mullings 8), Iona 43 (Adams 10). Assists: Siena 9 (Stewart 3), Iona 15 (Powell 7). Total fouls: Siena 12, Ions 19. A — 912.

 
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