Mar 17, 2016, 6:36 pmNov 15, 2017, 3:16 pm

Iona women’s basketball team heads to the big dance for the first time

The women, seeded 15, will face off against the University of Maryland on Saturday at 1:30 p.m.

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Both Iona men's and women's basketball teams are playing in the NCAA tournament and this marks a very special accomplishment for the women — it's the first time they're headed to the dance.

The basketball players on Iona's women's team are proof that hard work pays off.

"I'm sure that you guys saw that last year, we were probably the last in the league in defense points per game and we turned around and we're the top of the league," Billi Godsey, Iona women’s head coach.

It was the game against Quinnipiac University, the top seeded team, which sealed Iona's NCAA fate.

The women beat Quinnipiac 57 to 41, taking the title at the MAAC tournament, earning them a spot to play for the first time ever in the NCAA.

"I think we all just came together at the MAAC tournament and decided we're going to do this and we're going to win. A lot of people didn't believe in us but we believed in us," said Treyanna Clay, a freshman forward.

Both the men and women are going to the dance. The men will face off with Iowa State in Denver Thursday afternoon.

The women, seeded 15, are matched up against Maryland, the number two seed.

"We're going to have to make them chase us all night if possible and move the ball as well as we can," Godsey said.

The women will face off against the University of Maryland in College Park Saturday at 1:30 pm.

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