It took three tries, but the third time was the charm as Holy Redeemer grad Alexis Lewis and the fifth-seeded Iona women’s basketball team beat No. 4 Siena 67-47 in a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference quarterfinal Saturday at the Times Union Center in Albany.
Siena had gotten the better of the Gaels in the first two meetings, winning 58-46 in New Rochelle on Jan. 10 and 57-53 in the regular-season finale on Feb. 26.
Lewis had a double-double in the 20-point win, scoring 14 points and finishing with a game-high 14 rebounds.
“That’s one of the things that I look for to get me going in the game because when I get rebounds — either offensively for putbacks or I get rebounds, defensively, to push for Marina (Lizarazu) — it gets me going to get my game going,” Lewis said after the game, via the Daily Gazette’s Michael Kelly.
After holding Lewis to just 10 boards in the two regular-season meetings, the Saints couldn’t stop her Saturday.
“She’s a great player, first-team all-conference player, tremendous year and we didn’t locate her out of our matchup and we didn’t do a good enough job boxing her out,” Siena head coach Ali Jacques said of Lewis. “She got hot and played with a lot of confidence and Lizarazu did a great job finding her. Those two are a really tough one-two punch.”
After falling behind 9-5 midway through the first quarter the Gaels turned on the jets and were able to take a 16-13 lead after a quarter of play. Aside from a 16-16 tie with nine minutes and 25 seconds remaining in the second quarter, Iona led the rest of the way.
Lewis and her teammates will face top-seeded Quinnipiac in the semifinals Saturday at 11 a.m. Iona beat the Bobcats 57-41 to win the conference last season.
Cougars finish ECACs
Misericordia’s Alex Fitch brought home a victory in the 3,000-meter run (8:41.35) to lead the Cougars at the ECAC Indoor Championships at Ithaca College.
The men’s team finished ninth in the team standings with 27 points while the women took fourth with 59.
Kelty Fairchild topped the women, taking second in the 800 while also competing on the second-place 4x400 relay team along with Reilly Wagner, who was third in the 60-meter hurdles.
For the men, Juwan Petties-Jackson finished second in the 60-meter dash.
Drew 7, Wilkes 3
Wilkes’ spring break trip to Florida with a loss to the Rangers in Fort Pierce. It was the third of a nine-game schedule in the Sunshine State.
The Colonels opened things up on Friday by splitting a doubleheader with Houghton. Freshman Alex Halladay came through with a walk-off RBI single in the ninth inning of a 7-6 win before Houghton outslugged Wilkes 13-11 in the nightcap.
Widener 13, King’s 10
The visting Pride broke a 7-7 tie by scoring the first five goals of the second half to win.
Gabriella Morrocu scored five goals and added an assist for the Lady Monarchs. Anastasia Araviakis had three goals and an assist.
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