NEW ROCHELLE, NY - Freshman forward Joy Adams scored a career high 23 points to lead the Iona College women's basketball team to a runaway 76-46 victory over Manhattan College Thursday afternoon at the Hynes Center, pushing the Gaels to an early 3-0 mark in conference play.
A three pointer by guard Aaliyah Robinson with 18:32 remaining gave Iona a 3-0 advantage, a lead the team would not surrender during the duration of the contest.
Robinson's three helped the Gaels start the game with a 7-0 lead, before Manhattan went on an 8-2 run and cut the Iona lead to one, 9-8 with 12:46 remaining. Two buckets by Adams bookended a three pointer by freshman Cassidee Ranger as Iona responded with another 7-0 run to push the lead to eight, 16-8, with 9:22 remaining in the first half.
With 5:20 remaining, Adams put in a layup to give Iona its first double digit lead, 23-12. Manhattan was able to cut the lead back to the single digits as a three-point play by Toni-Ann Lawrence with 4:13 remaining cut the Iona advantage to 26-17.
Iona responded by ending the half on a 12-4 run, as sophomore Aleesha Powell scored seven points in the final four minutes of the period, including a buzzer beating three-pointer with one second remaining to push Iona's lead to 17, 38-21, at the half.
In the second half, a layup by Adams with 17:40 pushed Iona's lead to 21 points, 44-23, as the Gaels continued their strong shooting in the second 20 minutes of play.
A pair of free throws by freshman Kadesia Johnson with 2:53 remaining gave Iona its largest lead, 76-44, as the Gaels cruised to its third straight victory, and sixth in their last eight matchups.
Adams shot 10-for-18 from the field and pulled down a team high nine rebounds. The six-time MAAC Rookie of the Week honoree is now averaging a team best 19 points per contest in conference play. Robinson, Powell and sophomore Damika Martinez each finished with 12 points for the Gaels, while redshirt junior guardHaley D'Angelo dished out a game high six assists. Allison Skrec led Manhattan with 14 points.
Iona is back in action Sunday, when they take on defending MAAC Champion Marist College at 2:00 pm.
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