NEW ROCHELLE, NY - The Iona College women's basketball team (25-4, 18-2 MAAC) completed its 2013-14 regular season Sunday afternoon with a 79-67 loss to Marist (24-6, 18-2 MAAC) at the Hynes Athletics Center. By virtue of their win, the Red Foxes claim a share of the MAAC Regular Season Championship with the Gaels.
Junior guard Damika Martinez scored a team high 20 points for the Maroon & Gold, while senior center Sabrina Jeridore had 12 points and a team high 10 rebounds for her third double-double of the season.
After a Jeridore jumper got the Gaels going early, Marist went on a 10-2, grabbing a 10-4 lead on a jumper by Leanne Ockenden with 15:24 left in the first period.
With the visiors ahead 18-13, Iona went on a 9-3 run, taking a 22-21 lead on a three pointer by red shirt senior guard Haley D'Angelo with 9:04 remaining in the half.
Iona took a 29-27 lead on a jumper by junior guard Aleesha Powell with 5:24 left in the half, before the Red Foxes went on a 6-0 run, taking a 33-29 lead on a layup by Tori Jarosz. Marist remained in front for the duration of the contest.
The Gaels got within one, 38-37, on a Martinez layup with 28 seconds left in the period before a buzzer beating layup by Jarosz gave Marist a 40-37 halftime advantage.
The Red Foxes controlled the early second half, going on a 17-2 run to open the period, grabbing a 57-39 lead on a free throw by Madeline Blais before a Jarosz layup with 10:40 left gave them their biggest lead of the contest, 63-42.
With Marist ahead 67-49, the Gaels went on a 13-3 run, trimming the deficit to eight, 70-62, on one of sophomore forward Cassidee Ranger's three three-point field goals.
A Martinez three with 1:38 left put Iona behind by eight, 73-65, before the Red Foxes ended the contest on a 6-2 run to take the 12 point margin of victory. Jarosz led the Red Foxes with a game high 21 points and 12 rebounds while Casey Dulin scored 19 points.
Prior to the game, Jeridore and D'Angelo, along with injured guard Shonice Hawkins, were honored for their contributions to the program over the last four years. At halftime, the Gaels celebrated the 40th season of Iona women's basketball by welcoming back alumni from all five decades of action.
The Gaels, the number one seed in the 2014 MAAC Championship, begin their quest to earn the conference's automatic berth to the NCAA Championship Friday afternoon when they take on the winner of the 8/9 matchup between Niagara and Monmouth at 12:00 pm.