NEW ROCHELLE, NY - The Iona College women's basketball team saw a ten point lead erased in the final 5:43 minutes of the second half, before dropping a 77-71 overtime decision to Bryant University Wednesday evening at the Hynes Athletic Center.
Early in the contest, Iona held an 8-2 lead after senior guard Haley D'Angelo knocked down her second three pointer of the contest with 16:16 remaining in the first half. Beginning a trend that would continue for the remainder of the contest, Bryant fought back, tying the contest at eight on a jumper by Danielle Douglas with 14:29 remaining.
Iona halted the Bryant run on a jumper by freshman forward Joy Adams, and would hold the lead for the remainder of the half, opening up an 18-13 lead with 8:52 remaining on a three pointer by sophomore guard Damika Martinez.
Four straight points by the Bulldogs cut the lead to one, 18-17, but Iona would go on a 15-7 run, taking a nine point lead, capped by six consectuive points from sophomore guard Aleesha Powell. A pair of Bryant free throws would end the run as Iona headed into halftime ahead 33-26.
Bryant opened the second half on a 10-0 run, going ahead 36-33 on a layup by Jenniqua Bailey with 17:22 remaining in the half. After tying the contest at 38 on a three pointer by freshman forward Casidee Ranger, the Gaels outscored the Bulldogs 14-2 over the next 3:29 as senior guard Diana Hubbard had two of Iona three trifectas during the stretch and Adams capped the run with a three-point play, pushing the Gaels ahead 52-40.
With the Gaels holding onto a 63-53 lead with 5:43 remaining after a pair of free throws by Adams, Bryant closed the half on a 12-2 run to send Iona into its first overtime tilt of the season. A pair of free throws by Danielle Douglas started the rally as Bryant attacked the Iona paint, hitting three layups and getting four more points from the charity stripe. Adams would give Iona a 65-63 lead with 54 seconds remaining before Bailey hit a layup with four seconds on the clock to tie the game.
A free throw by junior guard Shonice Hawkins opened the scoring in the extra frame before Iona took a four point lead on freshman guard Aaliyah Robinson's third three-pointer of the game with 4:16 remaining. Bryant quickly erased the Iona lead with four straight points by Douglas. With Iona ahead 70-69, Bryant's Katie Whittington knotted the game on a free throw. Whittington couldn't connect on her second free throw but after an offensive rebound by Courtney Schissler, Whittington connected on the Bulldogs' lone three-pointer of the contest and gave Bryant the lead for good.
Adams picked up her second double-double of the season, finishing with 13 points and down 16 rebounds, including 10 on the offensive glass. Robinson scored a career high 13 points and pulled down four rebounds for the Gaels. Overall, the Gaels shot just 31.6% from the field, including 28.9% from behind the arc. Bryant was led by Bailey, who finished with 22 points and was one of three Bulldogs in double digits.
Iona looks to get back in the win column Friday, when they visit Columbia at 7:00 pm.