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Women's Basketball

Women’s basketball adds six new players

Matthew Chaves, Sports Editor

May 15, 2020

Similar to the men’s team, women’s basketball head coach Billi Chambers announced six new additions in a major influx of talent on April 23. Chambers’ additions include Jenae Dublin, Kika Hodge-Carr, Hannah King, Anouschka Meijer, Jessica Rogers and Olivia Vezaldenos. Each and every player...

Hard work, determination help Rachu lead team

Frances Hoey, Staff Writer

April 9, 2020

Hard work and determination have become the headline for Iona Women’s Basketball senior Morgan Rachu’s success. As the Gael’s leading three-point star, it is hard to believe that the Wisconsin native’s basketball career was not always expected to reach this level. Coming out of high school,...

Gaels need decision making, individual performance to win the MAAC Championship

Matthew Chaves, Sports Editor

April 2, 2020

The Iona College women’s basketball team has the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championship within their grasp. The Gaels have had troubles in their conference for the past two years now, going 3-15 in the 2018-19 season and 2-16 in the 2017-18 season. Things are finally starting to come together...

Women’s basketball aim to find consistency

Sophomore Juana Camilion has a .340 field-goal percentage and a .254 three-point field-goal percentage this season.

Frances Hoey, Staff Writer

February 1, 2020

The new year has provided new challenges for the Iona women’s basketball team. The Gaels opened up their play by hosting Kutztown for an exhibition in the newly renovated Hynes Athletics Center. The match-up saw contributions from much of the team’s roster, both on the offensive and defensive...

Experience and consistency main focus for Gaels

Chambers led the Gaels to their first Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference championship in the 2015-2016 season.

Matthew Chaves, Sports Editor

October 17, 2019

The Iona College women’s basketball team went to the quarterfinals in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference last year after a rough regular season. After being seeded ninth and having to fight their way through the first round, they gave second seed Rider a tough game, ultimately losing 54-46. Head...

Positive attitude and determination key to victory

Sophomore Juana Camilion had a .382 field goal percentage alongside a .259 three-point percentage in the 2018-2019 season.

Frances Hoey, Contributing Writer

October 17, 2019

Iona College women’s basketball player, sophomore Juana Camilion, has built up an impressive record in just one season so far with the Gaels. Last year she started 25 games, averaged 9.8 points and was named to the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference All-Rookie Team. With a new season on the horizon,...

Lesko uses passion, confidence to lead her team

Lesko uses passion, confidence to lead her team

Matthew Chaves, Sports Editor

October 4, 2019

Iona College junior Tori Lesko captained the women’s basketball team last season and continues to do so this season. Leading by example and expressing her passion to win the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference championships with the team is her way of spearheading the team into victory, she says. “I...

Gaels speak on value that charity work brings to team

The women's basketball team thinks it's important to dedicate time off the court to helping out the local community.

Farrell Shine, Staff Writer

April 17, 2019

Players from the Iona College women’s basketball team volunteered with Meals to Go on March 29. The players helped set up tables and prepared and packaged meals for local families in need.   “Our group specifically put together the ingredients for macaroni and cheese in small bags to be s...

Iona freshman Shyan Mwai reflects on first season with women’s basketball team

Freshman Shyan Mwai averaged 8.4 points per game during the 2018-19 season.

Matthew George, Staff Writer

April 4, 2019

Freshman guard Shyan Mwai is coming off her first season on the Iona College women’s basketball team (5-26, 3-15 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) in which she played a key role in the Gaels’ rotation. Mwai finished the 2018-19 campaign, averaging 8.4 points per game and scoring a season-high 19 ...

Iona falls to Rider in MAAC Quarterfinals

Iona junior Morgan Rachu averaged 11.7 points per game this season.

Dan Abbate, Staff Writer

March 14, 2019

The Iona College women's basketball team season came to an end after losing to Rider 54-46 in the quarterfinals of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Tournament on March 8. Iona was feeding off the momentum from its upset win over No. 7 Siena in the first round of the tournament, and the Gaels op...

MAAC Tournament says goodbye to Albany, prepares for future in Atlantic City

MAAC Championship has been held in Albany for the  last five years.

Ryan McFadden, Sports Editor

March 13, 2019

The Times Union Center in Albany, New York has been a travel destination for Iona College basketball fans for the last five years. Fans would either drive or take the student bus for more than two hours to watch the men’s and women’s basketball teams compete in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference T...

Iona seeks to embrace underdog mentality ahead of MAAC Tournament

Iona won its first conference game of the season against Monmouth on Feb. 15.

Farrell Shine, Staff Writer

February 28, 2019

With only two weeks remaining until the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Tournament in Albany, the Iona College women’s basketball teammates are keeping their heads up as they gain some momentum to close out the regular season. “Coming in as a brand new team, you really didn’t know what to...

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