Junior Kristina Ford recorded her first double-double of the year with 13 points and 12 rebounds to help lead the Gaels to a 71-67 victory at Stony Brook (3-4). Iona (2-5) snapped a two game losing streak with the non-conference win. Ford has now scored in double figures in four straight contests and in six of seven games this season.
The Gaels were lifted late by the presence of sophomore guard Diana Hubbard, who made her first appearance of the year after missing the first six games due to injury. In a meeting that featured 11 lead changes and four tied scores, the Maroon & Gold found itself trailing 63-58 with less than five minutes remaining.
Anda Ivkovic made one of two shots from the line with 4:45 on the clock, followed by a Ford jumper and another 1-for-2 performance at the stripe from Marissa Flagg which brought the Gaels within one at 63-62 with 2:49 to go. The Seawolves pushed the lead back to three on a basket by Tamiel Murray before Catherine Lutz answered back with a 2:05 bucket, bringing the score to 65-64 in favor of Stony Brook.
Tomica Bacic grabbed a key rebound on a missed attempt by Destiny Jacobs, with Hubbard scoring on the possession to put Iona ahead 66-65 with 30 seconds on the clock. Hubbard then drained four consecutive free throw attempts as the Seawolves turned the ball over on their next two possessions, and Ivkovic sealed the deal with one final free throw to end the game.
Ivkovic was Iona's high scorer with 15 points, her fourth double digit output in six appearances. Bacic added ten points, eight boards, and three assists while Hubbard finished with nine points. Suzi Fregosi picked up five assists and added two points, four rebounds, and a steal. Lutz matched her best scoring effort of the season with eight points.