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Canisius-Iona Women's Game Wrap

Iona 76, Canisius 58

How Iona Won: When the conference Player of the Year goes off for a career-high 36 . . .

Damika Martinez, just a sophomore, made 14 of 23 shots from the field, including 6 of 9 from three-point land, in dismantling an injury-depleted Canisius defense. Toss in 15 points and a game-high (by 11) 18 rebounds from Rookie of the Year Joy Adams and the rout is on.

It Was Over When . . . : Martinez went wild early in the second half, scoring eight of Iona's first 10 points.

Player of the Game: Did we mention Martinez also had seven rebounds, a block and a steal?

Best Supporting Role: Adams was Sherwin-Williams, Behr and Benjamin Moore rolled into one She owned the paint.

Best Player (Losing Effort): Junior forward Jamie Ruttle got off to a hot start and finished with 13 points and five rebounds.

Stat Check: Canisius managed just 13 points off 18 Iona turnovers.

Hurting: Canisius had its upset bid undermined by ankle injuries to Kayla Hoohuli and Tiahana Mills. They played a combined 15 minutes.

In the House: There might have been a couple hundred on hand for a 9:30 start on a snowy New England morning.

They Said It

Griffs coach Terry Zeh on the ankle sprain suffered by Kayla Hoohuli: "She said to me, 'I can go straight and forward, I can't go sideways, which is a problem defensively."

Zeh on trying to defend Martinez with Hoohuli: "She had it going and we didn't have any answers to try and stop her."

-- Bob DiCesare


College basketball | Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference | NCAA Tournament
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Bob Dicesare

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Western New York native Bob DiCesare covers UB football, Big 4 basketball and writes an occasional column. He still holds a grudge against Chris Ford who, he's convinced, cost St. Bonaventure the 1970 NCAA basketball championship.

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Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has covered colleges for The Buffalo News since 1999. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

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