Feb. 24, 2013
NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. - Iona answered a 15-2 Siena run by scoring the next 16 point to build back a 20-point lead and defeat the Saints 71-47 Sunday afternoon at the Hynes Athletics Center. Siena shot just 23.3% (14-60) from the field including 1-9 from three in the loss.
With the defeat, Siena (11-16, 7-9) remains tied for sixth in the MAAC Standings with Canisius which also lost Sunday. With two games remaining, next Sunday's matchup between the Saints and Golden Griffins in the regular season finale 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 moments into the second half. But the Saints, which rallied from 15-down to beat Saint Peter's Friday, nearly pulled off another major comeback.
Siena responded with a 15-2 run to close the gap to 36-32 with 12:48 remaining. The Saints spread around the wealth on the offensive end as six players combined to score the 15 points.
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 the 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 2-12 shooting.
Damika Martinez and Joy Adams led the Gaels with 16 points apiece with Adams adding 10 rebounds for a double-double. Aleesha Powell added 15 points, seven assists and six steals off the bench for Iona which has won six of seven and remains tied for second in the MAAC Standings with Fairfield.
The Saints return to action Friday for a 7 p.m. tip off at Rider.