The Iona College women's basketball team is in the midst of a nine-day international trip to Canada for a quintet of games and scrimmages against teams from the Ontario province. To keep fans up to date with the action, a different member, or members, of the team will be blogging a daily report on ICGaels.com.
This is freshman guard Kadesia Johnson and forward Joy Adams with today’s blog entry. August 15th was definitely a great day to be a Gael! We started off the morning with breakfast on our own. I (Kadesia) enjoyed some good Starbucks with my teammate Christina Rubin. After breakfast, we relaxed until Pilates at 11. After a good stretch with Coach Kelly and going over the scouting report with Coach Abbate, we had the rest of the day to relax until pre game meal. Pre meal was pretty good. I (Joy) had a Caesar salad and pizza. After that, we headed over to the gym to get ready for our game. The gym that we played in was very different from the gym that we usually play in in the states; the lanes were wider, making the paint much bigger.
The game started off very intense and continued that way throughout. At the end of the first quarter, the score was tied 18-18 and both teams were fighting very hard. Carleton was a very physical team but I thought we did a very good job of keeping our composure throughout the duration of game. Even when our backs were against the wall, we made crucial plays to keep us in the game and trailed by just four at halftime. The second half showed how much of a team we are and how we can handle adversity. Coach B did a great job of drawing up key plays for our scorers, which made our offense run a lot smoother. Being in late in the game also showed us freshmen that our coach trusts us and believes in us. We came from behind and won the game 71-64, which was the most exciting victory for us young players thus far!
We are very thankful for this experience because it’s really going to help us and the other freshmen as we learn to play with new people and a higher level of competition. These games will prepare us for the regular season and we feel like this experience will help us learn each other’s’ style of play and help us learn more about one another.