EDISON, NJ - Iona College women's basketball junior guard Damika Martinez repeated as MAAC Player of the Week after a record breaking performance in the Gaels' 83-67 victory over Columbia. It marks Martinez's league leading third weekly recognition of the season.
In the win over the Lions, Martinez set a new women's basketball single game scoring record with a career high 42 points in the Gaels' 83-67 victory over Columbia in non-conference action. In just 27 minutes of action, Martinez connected on a career high 17 field goals, including six from behind the arc.
In the first half, Martinez connected on 11 of 16 shot attempts, including two trifectas to help the Gaels secure a 14 point halftime lead. In the second half, Martinez only played seven minutes, but connected on all of her six shot attempts, including four three pointers for a total of 16 points.
Martinez's final basket, a three pointer with 13:09 remaining, gave the Gaels a 28 point lead, its biggest of the game, in a contest the team never trailed in. In two career games aginst the Lions, Martinez is averaging 37.5 points per contest. Martinez also grabbed five rebounds and added three assists and two steals in the win.
The Gaels are back in action Dec. 21 when they take on Central Florida of the AAC on the road. Tip is set for 1:00 pm.