Kate Mager of Iona Women's Basketball Wins College Three-Point Championship at NCAA Final Four
HOUSTON, TEXAS – Kate Mager of Iona women's basketball won both the Celsius Women's 3-Point Championship and the 34th State Farm College 3-Point Championship on Thursday night at the Bayou Music Center in downtown Houston.
One of the most prolific shooters in all of college basketball, Mager was voted to the All-MAAC Second Team and was named to the MAAC All-Tournament Team. A major difference maker for the Maroon & Gold, she finished the regular season second in the nation in three-point field goal percentage (49.7%), fifth in three-point field goals per game (3.17) and seventh in three-point field goals made (92). Mager set a single-season program record for three-point field goal percentage; her 104 trifectas were good for second most in a single season and her field goal percentage (52.0%) is currently the fifth highest in Iona history.
The State Farm College Slam Dunk & 3-Point Championships invites the nation's elite men's and women's college basketball players to compete for 3-point shooting bragging rights. The winners of the men's and women's 3-Point competitions face off in the Rocket Mortgage Battle of the Champions, which Mager defeated men's winner Antoine Davis (Detroit Mercy).
For nearly 35 years, several of the top players in college basketball have competed in the State Farm College Slam Dunk & 3-Point Championships including Gary Payton, Steve Nash, Jason Terry, Kyle Korver, Bobby Hurley, Michael Finley, Denzel Valentine, Cappie Pondexter, Katie Gearlds, Kristi Toliver, Tiffany Hayes and Ariel Atkins.
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Founded in 1940, Iona University is a master's-granting private, Catholic, coeducational institution of learning in the tradition of the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers. Iona's 45-acre New Rochelle campus and 28-acre Bronxville campus are just 20 miles north of Midtown Manhattan. With a total enrollment of nearly 4,000 students and an alumni base of more than 50,000 around the world, Iona is a diverse community of learners and scholars dedicated to academic excellence and the values of justice, peace and service. Iona is highly accredited, offering undergraduate degrees in liberal arts, science and business administration, as well as Master of Arts, Master of Science and Master of Business Administration degrees and numerous advanced certificate programs. Iona students enjoy small class sizes, engaged professors and a wide array of academic programs across the School of Arts & Science; LaPenta School of Business; NewYork-Presbyterian Iona School of Health Sciences; and Hynes Institute for Entrepreneurship & Innovation. Iona is widely recognized in prestigious rankings, including The Princeton Review’s 2024 national list of “The Best 389 Colleges” and The Wall Street Journal/College Pulse’s “2024 Best Colleges in America,” which ranked Iona at #66 in the nation overall and #8 in the nation among Catholic schools. Iona’s LaPenta School of Business is also accredited by AACSB International, a recognition awarded to just five percent of business schools worldwide. In addition, The Princeton Review recognized Iona’s on-campus MBA program as a “Best Business School for 2023.” Iona also offers a fully online MBA program for even greater flexibility. In July 2021, Iona announced the establishment of the NewYork-Presbyterian Iona School of Health Sciences, which is now principally located on Iona’s Bronxville campus in collaboration with NewYork-Presbyterian. Connecting to its Irish heritage, the University also recently announced it is expanding abroad with a new campus in County Mayo, Ireland. A school on the rise, Iona officially changed its status from College to University on July 1, 2022, reflecting the growth of its academic programs and the prestige of an Iona education.