ABINGTON, Pa. – The Gallaudet University women's basketball team opens up the first round of the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) tournament at Penn St.-Abington on Tuesday, Feb. 24, at 7 p.m.
Gallaudet (14-10, 13-7 NEAC), the No. 3 seed in the NEAC South Division, ended its regular season schedule with a 65-52 win on the road over conference rival Penn St.-Berks. Penn St.-Abington (19-5, 16-4 NEAC), the No. 2 seed in the NEAC South Division, ended its season on Saturday with a 66-53 win over the College of St. Elizabeth.
The Series: Gallaudet holds a 6-4 series edge against Penn St.-Abington since 2010. The Bison have won three of the past four and have gone 1-1 this season. In five meetings in Abington, Pa., the Bison have come away with a win.
We Meet Again: In the first meeting this season, GU lost a devastating 48-28 game on the road on Jan. 6. Junior guard Zamica Gage (Washington, D.C.) led the Bison with 13 points while junior Danielle Morris (St. Louis, Mich.) added nine points and seven rebounds. Senior forward Lane Peters (Phoenix, Ariz.) added seven rebounds as the Bison shot 24.4 percent from the field. The Nittany Lions had three players score in double digits, Kyra Lunsford and Janaiah Elum both put up 11 points while Jessica Schmidt added 10.
Three weeks later, Gallaudet got revenge and turned the tables with a 60-39 win on Jan. 28 in the Field House. Gage led the Bison with 13 points and nine rebounds, followed closely by senior guard Alexa Justus (Forks, Wash.) who sank four three-pointers to add 12 points. Freshman guard Sabina Shysh (Tucson, Ariz.) came off the bench as the third player to reach double digits with 10 points. Peters scored six points and grabbed nine rebounds. Abington's offense was shut down as it shot only 22.5 percent from the field. Schmidt had a game-high 14 points and 14 rebounds for the Nittany Lions.
Scouting the Bison: The Bison are led offensively by Gage, who is the 10th leading scorer in the conference with a 16.5 points per game average. She is also third in steals (81), field goals (155), ninth in points (396) and assists (75). Peters is one of the top rebounders in the NEAC as she averaged 10.3 rebounds per game, which ranks fourth in the conference. Her 237 rebounds are the fifth most in the conference rankings. Junior guard Danielle Warren (San Jose, Calif.) is the second leading scorer on the team with a 8.6 points per game average followed by Peters (7.2 pts. per game). Justus is the fourth leading scorer (6.9 average) and the top threat from three-point range as she has made 29 three-pointers.
Scouting the Nittany Lions: Abington is the fourth highest scoring team in the conference as it averages 66.3 points per game. The Nittany Lions went 7-3 during the month of February and are a stellar 12-2 at home this season. Senior guard Stephanie Keyes leads the team with a 17.1 points per game average as she averages 3.2 three-pointers per game as she has made 78 of them this season. Keyes was held to single digits in both games against the Bison, two of only four times this season out of 24 games. Elum (15.6), Schmidt (10.8) and Lunsford (7.7) are the other offensive threats for the Nittany Lions.
Follow the Game: If you can not make it to Abington, Pa., to watch the game in-person you can follow along online. The Penn St.-Abington Sports Information Office will operate live statistics and live video.