ABINGTON, Pa. – The Gallaudet University women's basketball season ended Tuesday night on the road with a 61-33 loss to Penn St.-Abington in the opening round of the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) tournament.
The Bison (14-11) struggled to keep up with Abington (20-5), who went on a 19-4 run in the first 12 minutes of the game. For every basket the Bison made the Nittany Lions answered back until time ran out in the half and GU trailed 32-15. The Nittany Lions won going away in the second half.
Senior forward Elena Ciccarelli (Whitesboro, N.Y.) scored a team best seven points for the Bison and grabbed seven rebounds. Fellow senior forward Lane Peters (Phoenix, Ariz.) led the team with eight rebounds. Junior guard Danielle Warren (San Jose, Calif.) and freshman guard Kori Koss (Green Bay, Wis.) each added five points for the Bison while junior guard Zamica Gage (Washington, D.C.) netted four points as she made 2 of 10 shots from the field.
The Nittany Lions had two players reach double figures led by Stephanie Keyes, who scored a game-high 28 points as she made four three-pointers. Janaiah Elum added 18 points, four three-pointers, as Abington moves on to the NEAC semifinals on Saturday.
This closes out the careers for four Bison seniors including Ciccarelli, Peters, Alexa Justus (Forks, Wash.) and Leslye Kang (Wayne, N.J.). In the past four seasons the Bison have compiled a 44-57 record.
Ciccarelli, a three-sport student-athlete, played the past four seasons with the basketball program. She finished with 521 points, 686 rebounds, 96 assists and 116 steals in 101 games (98 starts) played.
Kang, a four-year letterwinner (2010-12, 2013-15), totaled 115 points, 101 rebounds, 26 assists and 37 steals in 68 games.
Justus played two seasons (2012-13, 2014-15) and totaled 299 points, 173 rebounds, 77 assists, and 55 steals in 47 games played (30 starts). GU went 21-29 in her two seasons as a Bison.
Peters transferred to Gallaudet and has played the past two seasons (2013-15). She has totaled 394 points, 478 rebounds, 81 assists and 80 steals in 46 games (32 starts). GU has posted a 29-23 record the past two years.
"Our seniors helped carry this team to a tremendous season," said Gallaudet coach Stephanie Stevens. "We are very proud of our young ladies. Congrats to Abington as they deserved the win tonight and we wish them luck this weekend."
Gallaudet loses four strong seniors but will still return a lot of talent next season. In the past two seasons, under the guidance of Coach Stevens, the Bison have won 14 or more games and 11 or more NEAC games in each season.