FULL RETURN! Women’s hoops overcome a 26-point deficit to defeat Iona in thrilling fashion; Warren joins the 1000 point club in Win

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STONY BROOK, N.Y. – The Stony Brook women’s basketball team erased a 26-point deficit and came from behind to defeat Iona in thrilling fashion, 73-71, Monday night at the Island Federal Arena. After trailing 38-12 with 6:14 remaining in the second quarter, the Seawolves outscored the Gaels 61-33 to earn their second win of the season.

second striker Sherese Pittman grabbed an offensive rebound with less than 10 seconds left in the game and got over four Iona defenders to score and give Stony Brook a 73-71 lead.

The Seawolves defense remained strong as Pittman locked in Iona’s Ketsia Athias on the final possession and kept the Gaels from securing the win for Stony Brook.

The Seawolves were led by certified guards Anastasia Warren and senior guard Gigi Gonzalezwho both had career nights.

With less than a minute left in the third quarter, Warren hit a three-pointer to cut Stony Brook’s deficit to six points. It earned her 23 points on the night as she eclipsed the 1,000 career point mark.

Warren is the 19e player in the history of the Stony Brook women’s basketball program to score at least 1,000 points in her career.

She finished the game with a game-high 28 points, along with seven rebounds, three steals, and two assists. Gonzalez scored a career-high 24 points with three rebounds, three assists and three steals.

graduate ahead Nairimar Vargas-Reyes put up a valiant effort with his second career double-double. She scored 10 points and pulled 11 rebounds.

Stony Brook led for just 31 seconds but managed to emerge victorious with his stunning comeback.

STATS AND SCORES

  • Warren scored 28 points for the second straight game. His scoring average is 20.7 points per game in three games this season. She shot 10 of 20 from the floor, 3 of 6 from three-point range and 5 of 5 from the free throw line.
  • Gonzalez had a career-high 24 points as she led the offense with three assists. The guard shot 8 of 20 from the field and connected on 6 of 7 free throws.
  • Vargas had her first double-double since Nov. 28, 2021, when she scored 13 points and grabbed 13 rebounds against St. Francis Brooklyn.
  • Pittman was the heroine late in the game when she converted the game-winning field goal and made the save that secured the Seawolves victory. The second finished with nine points and five rebounds in over 36 minutes of action.
  • Stony Brook scored five players in the game as Warren (28), Gonzalez (24), Vargas (10), Pittman (9) and the junior guard Shamarla King (2), all points counted.
  • The Seawolves beat the Gaels in the second quarter (18-17), third quarter (26-15) and fourth quarter (21-13).
  • Stony Brook won the rebound battle against Iona, 38-31.
  • The Seawolves now hold a 10-5 record over Iona in the all-time series. Stony Brook has won five consecutive games against the Gaels.

WOLVES QUOTES

NEXT

Stony Brook hits the road again to take on the St. John’s Red Storm at Carnesecca Arena in Queens on Saturday, November 19. Kick-off is set for 2 p.m. and the game will be streamed live on FloHoops.

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