OTTAWA, ON - Three members of the Iona College women’s basketball team finished in double figures as the Gaels defeated the University of Ottawa, 70-56, on Thursday evening in Canadian exhibition play.
The Gaels were led by sophomore guard Damika Martinez, who scored 26 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. Freshman guard Aaliyah Robinson provided a spark off the bench, with her first double-double at Iona, scoring 11 points and pulling down 11 boards. Robinson also finished a perfect four-for-four from the free throw line. Adding to the team’s offensive success was sophomore Aleesha Powell with 15 points and five assists. Powell also had four defensive rebounds and had four steals. Freshman forward Joy Adams finished with 10 rebounds, including six on the offensive glass.
The Gee-Gees opened up play on a 5-0 run before Martinez hit a three-pointer, cutting the deficit to two. Ottawa, once again, increased their lead to five, 10-5, on a layup by Ariane Lachance-Scantland with 6:14 remaining in the first quarter. Freshman guard Kadesia Johnson tied the game at 15 with 1:28 remaining on a backend of a pair of free throws.
The Gaels took their first lead of the game in the second quarter, 18-17, when freshman guard Cassidee Ranger nailed a long distance basket with 9:24 remaining. The visitors increased the lead with a 10-0 run, culminating with a three by Martinez with 6:01 left. Iona’s took its largest lead of the half, 34-24, on a Martinez layup with 3:28 remaining in the half.
Martinez led all scorers with 15 points and six rebounds at the half. The Maroon & Gold went into the locker room with a 43-31 advantage, shooting 38 percent from the field in the first 20 minutes of action.
The Gaels continued to hold the lead in the third quarter, but Ottawa made a fierce comeback, cutting the Iona lead to three, 48-45 with 2:38 left. Iona finished the quarter strong on a 7-0 run to take a 55-45 cushion into the final quarter.
In the fourth, Iona increased the lead to double digits, 61-50, with 4:18 left on a jumper by Martinez as the sophomore finished the game scoring nine of the Gaels’ final 11 points.
Iona returns to action tomorrow, when they take on Carleton at 8:00 pm.