Iona Surges Past Siena, 61-57

Feb. 4, 2004

Box Score

Iona College's Toni Horvath scored a game-high 25 points to lead the Gaels past Siena College, 61-57, in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference action tonight at the Alumni Recreation Center. With the win Iona improves to 4-15 on the season and 3-7 in MAAC play, while the Saints drop to 11-10 overall and 7-5 in the league.

Iona climbed to an eight-point lead in the first nine minutes of play as Michelle Fahy posted eight points during that span, giving the Gaels a quick surge past the Saints. But Siena closed the gap shortly there after, as Katelyn Dooley kicked off an 8-0 run that tied the ball game at 18 points a piece at the 8:27 mark and gave Siena a two-point advantage with just 7:52 remaining in the first. The Saints managed to maintain a slight one-point lead before the break as the two teams went into the locker room with a 30-29 score.

Fahy, who put away all 10 of the Gaels' points in the final six minutes of play, finished the half with 18 of Iona's 29 points. Jolene Johnston reached double figures by the half's end as well, tallying 10 of her eventual 21 points in the opening stanza.

Toni Horvath sank her second of seven three-pointers to kick-off the second half and put Iona up 32-30. The Gaels never relinquished their lead, holding the Saints at bay despite several Siena attempts to make up the difference. After Iona took a 12-point lead at the 6:58 mark, the Saints managed to cut that advantage to just five with 1:51 remaining in the game. But Siena was forced to foul in the final seconds and Iona made good on their free throws for the 61-57 victory.

Horvath, who was a perfect 7-for-7 from the arc, had the second most prolific three-point shooting night in NCAA history. The Gaels finished the night 10-for-12 from three-point range. Fahy scored just two of her 20 points in the second half.

Johnston finished the night with a double double, adding 12 rebounds to her game second-best 21 points, while Katelyn Dooley also hit double figures, scoring 16.



Siena will next travel to Loyola College on Sunday, February 8th. Game-time is scheduled for 2 p.m.