GREENSBORO, NC - The Iona College women's basketball team dropped its first game of the young 2012-13 season 66-57 to North Carolina A&T Friday evening at the Corbett Sports Center.
The Gaels got off to a quick start, as two free throws by freshman forward Joy Adams extended Iona's lead to 20-10 wth nine minutes remaining in the first half.
From there, the Aggies would go on an 8-0 run, capped by a three-pointer by Amber Calvin, cutting the Iona lead to just two in a span of one minute and ten seconds.
With the game knotted at 30, Ariel Bursey converted a three point play with eight seconds remaining in the half, giving NC A&T a three point lead at the half.
With the Gaels down nine with 15:12 remaining, Iona went on a 9-4 spurt capped by a layup by freshman guard Kadesia Johnson to trim the deficit to four. That was as close as the Gaels would get the rest of the way, aided by the Aggies' 18-6 advantage on the offensive glass.
Sophomore guard Damika Martinez led the Gaels with 20 points and nine rebounds, while Adams finished with 14 points and seven rebounds. Calvin led the Aggies with 19 points.
The Gaels look to bounce back on Sunday, when they take on third-ranked Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium at 2:00 pm.