Donohue Scores Career High In Loss At Iona

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Sophomore captain Meghan Donohue scored a career-high 21 points, but Iona held off Siena Women’s Basketball 57-50 at the Hynes Athletic Center. With the loss, Siena falls into a tie with Rider for sixth place in the MAAC Standings with four regular season games remaining.

Senior captain Tehresa Coles swiped three steals for the Saints (14-11, 7-9) to tie Mary Gaudreau ’83 for the program’s all-time career record with 281. Meanwhile Iona’s (14-11, 11-5) Damika Martinez scored 20 points to pull within two points of the MAAC’s all-time career scoring record of 2,467 set by Loyola legend Patty Stoffey.

Siena trailed throughout and by as many as 11 points, 27-16 following a disjointed opening half. The teams combined for just eight points over the first nine minutes as the Saints shot just 29.6% in the opening stanza in being held to their lowest scoring half of the year.

The Saints would switch to a bigger lineup in the second half and it paid dividends. Siena shot 50% from the field over final stanza and began to chip away at the deficit, rallying to within as close as 40-37 with 8:07 to play.

Siena held a 40-22 edge in points in the paint and dished out 18 assists on 22 made field goals including a season-high nine from senior guard Ida Krogh.

But Iona would respond with a 9-2 run to reclaim a 10-point lead with 5:07 left which proved to be enough. Freshman Philecia Gilmore scored all seven of her points off the bench during the spurt to help the Gaels hang on.

Siena received 45 of its 50 points from its three post players, Donohue, Margot Hetzke and Symone Kelly. Hetzke added 16 points and seven rebounds, while Kelly contributed eight points and six rebounds off the bench.

But the Saints struggled from the perimeter, shooting only 1-11 from distance in suffering just their third road loss in 12 games this season.

Aaliyah Robinson added 15 points and seven rebounds for Iona which out-rebounded the Saints 33-30, snapping Siena’s 26-game streak of out-rebounding their opponents dating back to Mar. 2 of last season.

The Saints continue their season long three-game road trip Thursday with a 7 p.m. tip-off at Manhattan.

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