January 31, 2009

Despite Nukeitra Hayes 21 points and 16 Rebounds, Wesley Defeats Gallaudet

In front of an enthusiastic alumni crowd of over 500, the Gallaudet women's basketball team showed what a bright future they have as sophomore Nukeitra Hayes put on a show for the home crowd, scoring 21 points from all over the court, grabbing 16 rebounds, blocking 3 shots, and dishing out 3 assists to go along with 2 steals.  Junior Amanda Kreiger put on a shooting clinic, making three 3-pointers, but it was not enough, as the Bison fell to Wesley 68-51.

Kreiger finished with 14 points and 3 assists, and the Bison never quit, outscoring Wesley 34-32 in the second half, after entering half-time down 36-17. In the second half, Gallaudet outrebounded Wesley 21-15, and both teams grabbed a total of 45 rebounds for the game.  22 of the Gallaudet rebounds were on the offensive side, leading to multiple second shot opportunities. But Gallaudet made just 19-68 field goals for the game.

Entering the game, both teams were tied for the Capital Athletic Conference lead in blocked shots with 4.8 blocks per game.  Today, Gallaudet had 6 team blocks, while Wesley had 5.  Another bright spot for the Bison today was free-throw shooting.  The Bison went 10-12 from the charity stripe,  As a team, Gallaudet committed just 8 fouls for the game.

Gallaudet Head Coach Kevin Cook praised the Wesley program, which has worked hard to get where they are.  "Give credit to Wesley.  They have done an excellent job building their program." Coach Cook wants his team to focus on next week, when they will play 3 games in five days.  "Monday is a quick turnaround for us.  We will compete hard."

On Monday, February 2, the Bison travel to Frederick, Maryland where they will face Hood College.  Gallaudet is 5-13.  Wesley is 11-7.