By John Manley
After a rocky start, Iona’s women’s basketball team has found its stride and is riding the crest of a three-game winning streak. Center Michelle Fahy paced the Gaels’ scoring attack with 19 points in a 70-68 triumph over Fairfield. The Galway sophomore was near perfect from the floor, clicking on 8 of 9 field goal attempts. She also converted 3 of 4 free throws. Five rebounds fell her way, she assisted on four buckets and she was credited with four steals in 33 minutes of action. Earlier, Fahy scored seven points (3 of 6 from the floor, 1 of 2 from the line) in a 64-57 triumph over Brown. She led Iona in rebounds with 11. The 4-9 Gaels head up to snowy Buffalo this weekend for road games against Canisius on Friday and Niagara on Sunday.
Manhattan improved to 7-6 overall and 2-2 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference by defeating Niagara, 73-69. Junior forward Siobhan Kilkenny scored five points (1-5, 3-4), and posted threes in the rebounds, assists and steals columns. Kilkenny is from Castlebar, Co. Mayo. Coming up for the Lady Jaspers is a Friday night away game in Jersey City against St. Peter’s and a home game against Marist next Tuesday.
Kate Maher’s playing time has been limited by foul trouble lately. The Sacred Heart sophomore from Waterford got in 23 minutes in a 53-50 win over Yale before she was whistled off the floor by the refs. Maher scored seven points on 3-for-5 shooting, and converted one three-pointer. She then scored 5 points in a 71-63 loss to LIU. She made 2 of 6 from the field and converted her lone free throw. Once again, she picked up five fouls, this time in only 18 minutes. Sacred Heart, now 5-7, ventures to Maryland this weekend for contests with Mount St. Mary’s on Saturday and UMBC on Monday.
More of the same was forthcoming from Susan Moran. St. Joseph’s of Philadelphia defeated Atlantic-10 rivals Massachusetts, 54-48, and Duquesne, 78-58, with Moran leading the scoring brigade. She scored 19 points in the UMass win on 5 of 10 shooting from the floor (including one successful toss from outside the three-point arc) and 8 of 9 from the line. She also had five rebounds. In the Duquesne blowout, the senior from Tullamore, Co. Offaly poured in 29 points on 10 of 17 from the floor and 8 of 10 from the line. She also had eight rebounds and four steals. St. Joe’s, now 12-2, goes up against Fordham in the Bronx on Wednesday and travels to D.C. to meet George Washington on Sunday. Moran has also been named to a 30-player watch list for the inaugural Senior CLASS Award. The Award, the name of which stands for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, will be presented annually by the Kansas City Club to one outstanding male and female senior Div. I basketball player. The winners will be announced during the respective Final Fours this spring.
Dowling’s Laura Mullally had 12 points in a 53-48 win over Queens. She is a freshman from Athlone, Co. Westmeath. Dowling (6-6) has a home game against Concordia (New York) on Saturday afternoon sandwiched between road games with Philadelphia on Thursday evening and Mercy on Monday afternoon.
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Gary Dredge has begun to come into his own midway through his senior season at Azusa Pacific. The center from Clondalkin, Co. Dublin, scored a career-high 19 points in the Cougars’ 85-83 loss to Biola in men’s basketball. Dredge’s shooting eye was dead-on all evening long. He converted all seven field goal attempts and all five free throws.
Earlier, Dredge posted a pair of nines in an 84-62 walloping of Concordia (California). He scored nine points, hitting 3 of 4 from the field and 3 of 5 foul shots, while grabbing nine rebounds. He also blocked two shots.
After the Biola loss, Azusa righted itself with an 82-69 win over Vanguard. Dredge put up eight points on 4-for-7 shooting.
The Cougars, ranked sixth in the NAIA, are now 14-3. Next up on their docket is Westmont in Santa Barbara on Saturday and Life Bible at home next Wednesday.
Tennessee’s Andrew Bree swam to victory in two events as the Vols drowned Virginia, 143-98, in a dual meet. The Olympian won the 200-yard breaststroke in 1:59.17, which was more than five seconds sooner than the runner-up reached home. Bree’s fractions were 26.85, 56.69, 1:27.13 and 1:59.17.
The sophomore from Helens Bay, Co. Down, was pressed by Virginia’s Guy Yimsomruay in the 200-yard intermediate medley, finishing in 1:49.21 (23.93, 52.38 and 1:22.72) to his rival’s 1:50.15. Bree can be caught this weekend at the Dallas Morning News Classic in Texas.
Track & field
Aoife Hearne is that rarest of specimens, be it on the boards or the cinder oval, an Irish sprinter. Hamstring problems curtailed her 2001 season, but the Tennessee senior looks to remedy that situation in 2002. She got things going in the Kentucky Invitational last weekend, although she didn’t threaten to take home any hardware. Her time of 25.92 seconds in the 200 meters was a personal best indoors, although it only got her 15th place. She also ran the 60 meters in 7.86 seconds in a preliminary heat. Her fourth-place finish did not entitle her to advance. The Lady Vol tracksters go next in the SEC Multi Meet at Gainesville, Fla., on Jan. 26.