Women's Basketball Claims Three Major MAAC Awards
SPRINGFIELD, MA - The Iona College women's basketball team was well represented at the 2014 MAAC Postseason Awards Show Friday evening, as the Gaels picked up three of the major honors handed out. Junior guard Damika Martinez earned her second consecutive Pepsi MAAC Player of the Year recognition, first year mentor Billi Godsey was named MAAC Coach of the Year and sophomore guard Aaliyah Robinson was named MAAC Sixth Player of the Year.
Martinez earned her third straight scoring title for the Gaels, finishing the regular season with an average of 24.5 points per game, good for seventh nationally. Martinez also posted averages of 5.0 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.3 steals per game during the regular season.
Martinez scored in double figures in 27 of 28 games during the regular season, with 22 20-point efforts, and five games of over 30 or more points. Martinez leads the MAAC with 96 three point field goals, an Iona single season record and also ranks 16th nationally with a 87.7% free throw percentage, first in the MAAC.
Martinez became Iona's all-time leader in three point field goals against Quinnipiac on Jan. 10 and scored an Iona single game record 46 points vs. Rider on Feb. 16, matching a MAAC record, and is one of only six players in the nation with two or more 40-point scoring efforts this season.
In her first year at the helm of the Gaels, Godsey led the team to its first ever MAAC Regular Season crown and the number one overall seed in the 2014 MAAC Championship. She guided the Maroon & Gold to a program best 18-2 record in league play and 25-4 record overall, the most in program history. Godsey is the first rookie head coach to win the MAAC Coach of the Year honors in over two decades. The last first year head coach to earn the award was Gina Castelli of Siena College during the 1990-91 season.
During the 2013-14 campaign, Godsey led the Gaels through an Iona College basketball record 18 game winning streak, as the Maroon & Gold went through the months of December and January undefeated. The Gaels also defeated eight-time defending MAAC Champion Marist College for the first time in 13 years.
Godey joined Iona in May 2013 after two seasons as an assistant coach at Virginia Tech. Virginia Tech improved its Atlantic Coast Conference mark in both seasons with Godsey as an assistant.
Robinson sparked the Gaels off the bench all season, averaging 8.6 points a game, and connected on 40.6% of her attempts from behind the arc during the regular season. She contributed 11 double digit scoring efforts. Robinson also played her biggest games when it mattered most, posting 9.8 points and 3.7 rebounds per game in conference play, including a career high 20 points in a home victory over Niagara.
The top seeded Gaels are back in action Sunday morning in the semifinals of the 2014 MAAC Basketball Championship, when they take on No. 4 Quinnipiac at 11:00 am.