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March 6, 2013

Danny Kelly, Claire Tucker named February Bison of the Month

WASHINGTON - The Gallaudet University Athletics Department announced the two recipients of the Bison of the Month presented by Gallaudet Interpreting Services (GIS) for February. Senior men’s basketball center Danny Kelly (Strongsville, Ohio) and sophomore women’s basketball guard Claire Tucker (Middletown, Md.) were selected as the Bison student-athletes for the month.

Kelly played in all four games for men’s basketball in February. On Feb. 6, against Penn St.-Harrisburg he reached 1,000 career pointsas a Bison, scoring 18 points in the game. Kelly also scored a career-high 32 points in a loss to Penn. St- Berks on Feb. 16. For the month of February, he averaged 21.2 points and 6.5 rebounds per game. Kelly was named to the All-NEAC third team for a second time in his career (2010-11, 12-13 seasons).

“Danny had a rough start to the season with an ankle injury, and it was nice to see him finish the year strongly. He shot over 60 percent from the field and went to the line at least four times in his last three games," said Gallaudet men's basketball coach Brendan Stern. "When he is in shape, focused, and goes to the rim hard, he is one of the most efficient scorers in the Mid-Atlantic region."

Tucker started all six February games for the women’s basketball team. On Feb. 9 against St. Elizabeth she scored a career-high 28 points. Tucker averaged 14.8 points and 3.5 rebounds per game in the month of February. This is Tucker’s first time being selected as Bison of the Month.

"Claire was determined to finish the 2012-13 season strong. Her tenacity on the court helped our team to a two-game winning streak," said Gallaudet women's basketball coach Stephanie Stevens. "With Claire only being a sophomore, we are thrilled to have her for the next two years!"

These are the sixth Bison of the Month awards for the 2012-2013 athletic seasons. Each month the Gallaudet University Athletics Department will recognize two standout student-athletes from their respective sports. Previous winners include men's basketball guard Layton Seeber (Champaign, Ill.) and women's basketball forward Lindsay Stergio (Montville, Conn.) for January; women’s basketball forward Elena Ciccarelli (Whitesboro, N.Y.) and women’s swimmer Alexandra Polivanchuk (Orebro, Sweden) for December; football running back Nick Elstad (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and women’s volleyball opposite hitter Lane Peters (Phoenix, Ariz.) for November; women’s soccer goalkeeper Kara Gulvas (Crown Point, Ind.) and men’s cross country runner Alex Close (Tallahassee, Fla.) for the month of October; and football senior defensive back Tony Tatum (Gardendale, Ala.) and volleyball senior outside hitter Ann Whited (Fishers, Ind.) for the month of September.

About GIS
GIS, a unit of the division of Administration and Finance at Gallaudet University was established to provide quality-sign language interpreting service to Gallaudet University and its constituencies. Last year, over 75,000 hours of interpreting services were provided to Gallaudet University and clients in the Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia areas. The passage of the 1992 Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) made equal access for all persons with disabilities the law. This law requires that "reasonable accommodation" be made to allow individuals with disabilities to participate and receive the same services and benefits available to those without disabilities. Gallaudet Interpreting Service (GIS) can assist you with meeting the requirements of the ADA by providing quality, reliable interpreting service for your events. For more information or to contact GIS please visit its website at www.gallaudet.edu/gis.

2012-13 Gallaudet Bison of the Month