WASHINGTON,DC--Bison Head Coach Kevin Cook notched his first
career victory at the Field House with a 61-54 score over the John
Jay College Bloodhounds.
Both offenses struggled to ignite in the opening minutes until John Jay built a slim lead, capitalizing on Bison turnovers. However, Gallaudet came back to tie the game off a Vanessa Arp jumper. This half would see seven lead changes before Gallaudet got on top off a Nukeitra Hayes steal. Brittainy Payne made the layup off the steal to put the Bison up 32-30 with two seconds remaining. Payne also drew a foul on the play and drained the ensuing free throw to give the Buff and Blue a three-point lead going into the half.
Gallaudet shot 77% from the charity stripe compared to John Jay's 71% in the first half. The Bison also shot 50% from the field against the Bloodhounds' 39%.
The second half the Bison build a six point lead that they would not relinquish. Gallaudet shot 33% from the field, and 66% from the charity stripe to take the game.
The Bloodhounds were led by all-tournament team pick Parker Griffin's 22 point, 9 rebound effort. Guard Ganimete Ukperaj had 20 points and went 9-11 at the free throw line.
Gallaudet's offense was led by four players scoring in double digits: Nukeitra Hayes and Brittainy Payne each had 15, while Kari Olney had 14 and Priscilla Biskupiak had 11 with 6 assists. Payne recorded her first double-double of 2007, adding 13 rebounds while Hayes pulled down 7.
Lebanon Valley defeated Meredith to take the championship, 76-59.
All Tournament Team:
Nukeitra Hayes, Gallaudet
Parker Griffin, John Jay College
Nicole Hall, Meredith College
Brittany Cornelius, Meredith College
Lori Lidlow, Lebanon Valley
Tournament MVP: Suzie Noyes, Lebanon Valley
The Bison (1-3, 0-0 CAC) take on Marymount University at the Field House Wednesday, November 28. Tip time in the first conference matchup of 2007 is set for 6:00 p.m.
Interim Athletic Director Michael Weinstock congratulates Coach Kevin Cook moments after his first victory went in the books at Gallaudet's Field House.
Forward Victoria Crockett lines up a shot against John Jay's Tina Ogunleye.
All-Tournament Team pick freshman Nukeitra Hayes fights for a loose ball against John Jay.