EDISON, NJ - Iona College women's basketball junior guard Damika Martinez was unanimously selected as the 2013-14 MAAC Women's Basketball Preseason Player of the Year, as determined by the league's 11 head coaches and announced today by the league.
Martinez, the 2013 Pepsi Max Player of the Year, guided the Gaels to a spot in the MAAC Championship game a season ago and a berth into the Women's NIT.
A season ago, Martinez led the MAAC in scoring for the second consecutive season, averaging 18.1 points per game while connecting on a league high 79 three pointers. The 79 three pointers are an Iona single season record.
Martinez was also credited with 5.2 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.1 steals per game. In league play, Martinez also led the MAAC in scoring, averaging 17.6 points per game. A season ago, Martinez became the first Iona women's basketball player to reach 1,000 career points in under two seasons.
Martinez eclipsed the 30-point barrier three times during the season, highlighted by a career high 36 point-effort in the Gaels' quarterfinals win over Canisius at the MAAC Championship. The 36 points tied a single game tournament record.
Martinez also earned All-MAAC First Team, All-Met First Team and MAAC Championship All-Tournament Team recognition a year ago.
Iona fans can get their first glimpse at the 2013-14 Gaels at Maroon Madness, set for Friday, October 18. The Gaels begin the regular season Friday, November 8 at 6:30 pm when they host Arizona in the Iona Tip-Off Tournament.