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The Gaels were projected to finish sixth in the conference in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Preseason Coaches Poll.

Women’s basketball finding success early in season

Giovanni Paolo Tagliafierro, Sports Editor November 18, 2021

The Iona women’s basketball team started their season 2-0 with a contested road win against Bryant on Nov. 9 followed by a more lopsided victory against Winthrop in the team’s home opener on Nov. 13.     Defense...

This is the first time the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference has had to limit attendance numbers .

MAAC announces friends, family allowed for tournament attendance

Frances Hoey, Social Media Manager March 12, 2021

As the playoffs approach, the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference has announced that a limited number of guests will be permitted to attend the MAAC Championships for men’s and women’s basketball.     However,...

The Iona College women’s basketball team takes on Saint Peter’s in the quarterfinals of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.

Iona women’s basketball rollercoaster regular season ends with victory

Matthew Chaves, Sports Editor March 11, 2021

The Iona College women’s basketball regular season came to an end on Friday with a 65-51 win against Monmouth. The team ends their season 6-8 overall, 5-6 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.  The...

Senior Olivia Vezaldenos scored a season-high 25 points against Niagara while junior Juana Camilion made a season-high 10 field goals against Niagara as well. // Photo courtesy of

Iona women’s basketball hopes to improve offense in remaining season

Giovanni Paolo Tagliafierro, Staff Writer February 11, 2021

The Iona women’s basketball program has faced their share of challenges this season with the COVID-19 pandemic as they have not played a game since Jan. 2. The long layoff for the Gaels will continue...

ona College women’s basketball head coach Billi Chambers worked with Jackie Smith Carson and Beth Wandyes, both fellow basketball coaches. // Photo courtesy of

Iona College head coach featured as guest speaker in summit for female athletes

Giovanni Paolo Tagliafierro, Staff Writer November 15, 2020

Iona women’s basketball head coach Billi Chambers joined a panel of female collegiate coaches, former collegiate players and other professionals in late October in a three-day virtual conference for...

The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference confirmed their revised basketball schedule on Sept. 17. // Photo courtesy of

MAAC announces basketball schedules

Jason Piccolomini, Contributing Writer October 1, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic’s hindrance has taken its toll on sports in America.However, sports are slowly starting to come back, and it seems as though the college basketball season will not be...

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,...

Hard work, determination help Rachu lead team

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...

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...

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

Women’s basketball aim to find consistency

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...

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

Experience and consistency main focus for Gaels

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...

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

Positive attitude, determination key to victory

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...

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