Hayes Scores 22 in 67-56 Loss vs. St. Mary's (MD.)
Nukeitra Hayes scored 22 points and grabbed 13 rebounds tonight, but it wasn't enough as Gallaudet fell to St. Mary's (MD) College 67-56.
The game was much closer than the final score indicated as Gallaudet was within one with 13 minutes left, before St. Mary's went on a 7-0 run and the Bison weren't able to catch up. Gallaudet played a great defensive game, forcing 29 turnovers.
In addition to her 22 points and 13 rebounds, Hayes made 3 steals, had 3 assists and 2 blocks. Brittainy Payne scored 12 points, grabbed 7 rebounds, and had 4 steals and 4 assists. Andrea Amati provided a spark off the bench with 7 points and 5 rebounds. Both teams are 4-10 this season.
After the game Gallaudet Head Coach Kevin Cook praised his team's effort, but also pointed out what needs to be improved. "We battled today, but the game was decided with rebounding. We cannot give up the amount of offensive rebounds we gave up today and expect to win." Despite the rebounding, Coach Cook was pleased with his team's effort. "We gave a great account of ourselves with hustle and all out effort. It does not show up in the win column, but we are continuing to improve in several areas."
After playing 6 of 8 games on the road, the Bison look forward to returning home to play in front of the student body Wednesday night at the Field House at 6 pm vs York. Coach Cook said, "We look forward to feeding off the energy off our home crowd Wednesday night vs. Capital Athletic Conference leader York."