SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - Sophomore Danika Martinez tied a MAAC Championship record with 36 points to lead Iona to a 76-58 win over the Canisius women's basketball team in the quarterfinals of the 2013 MAAC Championship at the MassMutual Center on Thursday morning. The Golden Griffins see their season come to an end with a 12-19 overall record.
Junior Jamie Ruttle led Canisius with 13 points while senior Ashley Durham had 10 points in 35 minutes. Sophomore Brooke Angelos had five points, six rebounds and six assists in 32 minutes.
"Damika showed why she is the Player of the Year and Joy showed why she is the Rookie of the Year. Iona is a very talented team, and we saw that today," Canisius coach Terry Zeh said. "Their pressure got to us a little bit in the first half that let Iona get some separation. We just didn't have any answers today for guarding Damika or stopping Joy inside."
Iona (19-11) made 10 of its first 14 shots and took a 23-13 lead midway through the first half. The Griffs battled back, scoring seven straight points to get within three points. A layup from Ruttle, 3-pointer from Durham and layup from junior Jen Morabito made it 25-22. The Gaels made their final three shots of the first half, using a 12-5 run to hold a 37-25 lead at the half.
The Gaels broke the game open by scoring the first five points of the second half, getting a 3-pointer from Martinez and layup from Aleesha Powell. Canisius could never make a run to get the deficit into single digits as Iona shot 51.7 percent from the floor and 8-of-14 from behind the arc.
Martinez was 14-of-23 from the floor, including 6-of-9 on 3-pointers, to score the 36 points. Joy Adams had a double-double with 15 points and 18 rebounds. The Gaels scored 32 points in the paint.
Notes: Canisius falls in the quarterfinals of the MAAC Championship for the third time in the last four years... Canisius and Iona met for third time in the postseason and for the first time since the 2003 first round... Durham finishes her career 1,050 points... Nine Golden Griffins played double-digit minutes on the day... The Griffs had 10 turnovers in the first half and three in the second half.