WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – The Gallaudet University women's basketball team lost a tough North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) match-up, 57-48, on the road against Penn College on Saturday afternoon.
The Wildcats (4-5, 3-2 NEAC) took an early lead against the Bison (3-6, 2-3 NEAC) but Gallaudet played hard closing in on the Wildcats' lead. GU took the lead on a Danielle Morris (St. Louis, Mich.) shot to put the Bison up one, 14-13, with 9:42 left in the half. The Bison fought hard to keep the lead with 1:22 left in the half when the Wildcats stole the ball and drove in for a quick layup that gave them a 23-21 lead. Still battling, the Bison were only down one, 24-23 at the break.
The beginning of the second half remained scoreless for nearly four minutes until freshman Kori Koss (Green Bay, Wis.) made a jump shot for the Bison to regain the lead 25-24. The Bison lead was short-lived as the Wildcats leading scorer, Alicia Ross (18 points), made a three-pointer that would put Penn College up for the remainder of the game. The game was tied six times as GU knotted the game at 43 with 6:30 left in regulation but could never regain the lead.
The Bison offense was led by Zamica Gage (Washington, D.C.) who scored 18 points, made 10 steals, five rebounds, four assists and one block. Senior forward Lane Peters (Phoenix, Ariz.) was one rebound shy of tying her career-high of 20 rebounds as she grabbed 19 rebounds (11 offensive) to go with her two blocks and two steals while on defense. Junior guard Danielle Warren (San Jose, Calif.) was an asset to the Bison offense with 12 points and three steals while senior forward Elena Ciccarelli (Whitesboro, N.Y.) grabbed 12 rebounds and scored four points.
The Bison women's team will travel to Morrisville, N.J., tomorrow (Sunday, Jan. 11) to face the College of St. Elizabeth in a NEAC game at 1 p.m.