WASHINGTON – The Gallaudet University women's basketball team celebrated a win on Senior Day against North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) opponent Wells College, 58-52. The last regular-season home game also marked Pink Day, a "Play 4Kay" breast cancer awareness initiative, and a special Kid's Day celebration in the Field House.
Gallaudet (11-9, 10-6 NEAC) trailed the reigning NEAC champions Wells College (6-11, 5-7 NEAC) by nine points, 38-29, at the half. The Bison played tough but were unable to hold back the Express under the basket as the visitors scored 15 second chance points off of 14 offensive rebounds. During the second half, the Bison turned the tables, pulling down 18 defensive rebounds as the Express only scored two second chance points off four offensive rebounds.
The Bison showed up strong in the second half, stepping up on both sides of the ball. Wells, who made 13 of 33 shots in the first half, was limited to 4 of 25 in the second half. The Bison went on a 16-1 run to take a 45-39 lead with less than eight minutes left in the game.
A two-point jump shot by junior guard Danielle Warren (San Jose, Calif.) gave Gallaudet a 10-point lead with just over two minutes left in the game. Senior guard Leslye Kang (Wayne, N.J.) led GU on defense as she took multiple charges against the Express to cause several key turnovers.
The Bison were led by junior guard Zamica Gage (Washington, D.C.) with 17 points and five rebounds while senior guard Alexa Justus (Forks, Wash.) was able to help out the Bison with nine points, four rebounds, two steals and two assists. Senior forward Lane Peters (Phoenix, Ariz.) led the Bison in rebounds (10) as she surpassed double figures for the 11th time in this category this season. Peters scored eight points, made three steals, two assists in one block in the win. Senior forward Elena Ciccarelli (Whitesboro, N.Y.) scored eight points, eight rebounds and two steals. Warren scored eight points and brought down four rebounds as the Bison held a 45-42 edge on the glass.
Holli Erkson and Kaitlynne Knapp led the Express offense with 13 and 11 points, respectively, in the loss. Erkson made a team best nine rebounds while Jessilyn Artaho-Aki led Wells with five steals and three assists.
The Bison will hit the road for the remainder of their regular-season schedule. GU will head to Wilson College (1-17, 0-16 NEAC) this Saturday, Feb. 14, for a conference game at 1 p.m.