WASHINGTON – The Gallaudet University women's basketball team won the home opener against North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) foe Penn College, 69-61, on Wednesday night before 125 at the Field House.
The Wildcats (0-1, 0-1 NEAC) quickly took the first lead of the game, scoring in the first 15 seconds, until junior Zamica Gage (Washington, D.C.) made a basket to put the Bison (1-1, 1-0 NEAC) up, 8-7, only four minutes, 33 seconds into the game. The Bison held the lead through the first half, eventually the remainder of the game, making it difficult on the Wildcats continuing with a full-court press, forcing Penn College to turn over the ball 16 times and scoring 15 points off the Wildcat errors. GU led 39-35 at halftime.
The Wildcats were never able to regain the lead as they only came within one point, 55-54, of the Bison. Two Gallaudet fouls, including a technical, placed Alicia Ross (19 points) on the foul line where she made all four shots. Ross then assisted Jamie Steer (18 points) on a three-pointer to give the Wildcats seven points in a three-second span. The Bison quickly added insurance on a basket by freshman guard Kori Koss (Delavan, Wis.) and never allowed the Wildcats to come back within four points the remainder of the game.
Gage led the team with 23 points and six assists while senior Lane Peters (Phoenix, Ariz.) recorded her first double-double with 12 points and 18 rebounds and added four steals. Junior Danielle Warren (San Jose, Calif.) played well for the Bison adding 10 points and forcing five Wildcat turnovers. Koss had a solid debut game for the Bison with seven points, six rebounds, five assists and five steals.
The women's basketball team will next be seen at home on Saturday, Nov. 22, against NEAC foe College of St. Elizabeth (0-2, 0-0 NEAC) at 3 p.m.