WASHINGTON – The Gallaudet University women's basketball team is the champion of the annual GU Holiday Tournament as the Bison defeated Howard Community College, 70-60, on Saturday afternoon in the Field House. GU outscored its two opponents in the tournament by a 131-79 margin. This is the first time the Bison have won their tournament since the 2010-11 season.
The Bison (2-3) played a strong game against the Dragons (2-7) and were able to keep the lead the entire game. A lead that started quickly, three seconds in, when junior Zamica Gage (Washington, D.C.) made a quick layup. Gallaudet took a 35-19 lead into halftime and was in control of the game as Howard Community College was only able to come within five points of the GU before the end of the game.
Gage led the team with 30 points, which included making 16 of 22 free throws shots (72 percent), 10 rebounds and was just shy of a triple-double as she made eight steals. The double-double is her first this season as she earned tournament most valuable player honors. Senior Alexa Justus (Forks, Wash.) earned a spot on the all-tournament team for her hustle on the court and contribution to the team with four points, six rebounds and a steal.
Senior Lane Peters (Phoenix, Ariz.) recorded a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds while fellow senior Elena Ciccarelli (Whitesboro, N.Y.) and junior Danielle Warren (San Jose, Calif.) kept pace with eight points each.
Gallaudet forced 22 of the 29 Dragon turnovers which led to 21 points. The Bison scored 32 of their 70 points in the post and the bench came in to score 10 points for the team. Howard Community College was led by Gina Booker (15 points) and Patrice Jones (15 points), who together, scored half of the teams points. Booker and Rebeka Coughlin (10 points) were the Dragons who made the all-tournament team.
The first game of the day was a match-up between Trinity Washington University Tigers and the University of Valley Forge Patriots. The Tigers won the consolation game, 67-57, after being down being down 33-16 at the half. Trinity outscored Valley Forge 51-24 in the second half to secure an impressive come-from-behind win.
The Bison women's team is off until the new year, when they will host Randolph-Macon College on Jan. 3 at 2 p.m.
NOTE: Due to NCAA rules today's game against Howard Community College, a two-year junior college, is not a countable opponent for the Bison, who are a member of NCAA Division III. Thus the game is treated as an exhibition game and the results and statistics from this game do not count for Gallaudet. This ruling doesn't impact GU from being the tournament champions though.
Gallaudet: Zamica Gage (MVP)
Gallaudet: Alexa Justus
Howard C.C.: Gina Booker
Howard C.C.: Rebeka Coughlin
Trinity: Blessing Hayes
Valley Forge: Sayvion Washington