Iona snapped a five-game losing streak with a 71-56 home victory over Niagara (1-14, 0-4 MAAC) in conference action at the Hynes Center. Anda Ivkovic had a game-leading 22 points to match her season high and recorded her 1,000th career point in the win.
The Gaels trailed by six points at halftime and were down by as much as ten with 15:56 left in the second half. A pair of three-point field goals by Diana Hubbard bookended a 15-4 Iona run which put the squad ahead, 43-42, at the 10:42 mark.
The two sides then swapped the lead four times, with Iona moving in front for good on a Hubbard layup with 6:05 on the clock. Ivkovic scored the next six points and, on a bucket at 4:11, became the 21st player in Iona history and the sixth under head coach Anthony Bozzella to reach the 1,000 career point plateau. The Gaels steadily increased the advantage to take their largest lead by the final buzzer and win by 15.
Iona earned its 12th straight victory over Niagara, whose 36 turnovers were the most by a Gael opponent this season. Sophomores Hubbard and Haley D'Angelo both recorded career highs, Hubbard compiling 13 points and D'Angelo banking six. Kristina Ford had 14 points and joined Ivkovic to lead the squad with seven rebounds apiece. Marissa Flagg added eight points and a game-high six assists. Iona's 18 steals in the contest were also a season best. The Gaels hope to continue their winning way at St.Peter's on January 13th.