WASHINGTON - The Gallaudet University women's basketball team lost to Catholic University of America, 65-30, here Saturday in the consolation game of the GU Holiday Tournament.
The Bison (2-4) were no match for the Cardinals (4-5), who made shots early and kept pressure on Gallaudet throughout. Senior forward Danielle Morris (St. Louis, Mich.), on a roll from her season-high 17 rebounds yesterday, pulled down six rebounds in the first three minutes of the game as she tried to get GU back on track. Morris finished with 10 rebounds to go with two points and two assists as she was Gallaudet's representative on the all-tournament team.
GU leading scorer Sabina Shysh (Tucson, Ariz.) banked in a 3-pointer at the 2:20 mark in the first quarter to give the Bison their first points of the game after Catholic led 15-0. The Cardinals led 21-3 at the end of the first quarter and took a 36-13 lead into intermission.
Shysh led the Bison with nine points and six rebounds followed by senior guard Danielle Warren (San Jose, Calif.) with eight points, four assists and three steals. Sophomore guard Kori Koss (Green Bay, Wis.) added a team best five assists in the loss.
Three Cardinal players scored in double digits, led by Jayni Webster with 18 points, four steals, three rebounds and two assists. Webster was named to the all-tournament team for her efforts. Catholic emptied its bench early as 19 players saw action in the game.
Delaware Valley University won the GU Holiday Tournament championship game with a 75-43 win over Trinity Washington University. Most Valuable Player Eireann Anastasi led the way with 15 points, seven rebounds, seven assists and three steals. Danielle Skedzielewski led the Aggies (3-7) with 17 points and seven rebounds and was named to the all-tournament team. Trinity was paced by Whitney Hall's 15 points, five rebounds, three blocks, three assists and one steal off the bench. Forward Blessing Hayes chipped in 12 points in the loss for the Tigers (4-5).
- GU freshman Michaela Evans (Chattanooga, Tenn.) added three points and four rebounds
- The Cardinals outrebounded the Bison, 53-38
- CUA scored 35 points off Gallaudet's 30 turnovers
- Catholic kept a fast pace and scored 20 points in transition
- Catholic shot 38.8 percent from the field (26 of 67) compared to Gallaudet's 21.1 percent (12 of 57)
- The Gallaudet field goal percentage is the lowest in a game since the 2011-12 season
- GU scored three points in the first and third quarters
- Catholic's bench scored 27 points
- The Cardinals led for 38 minutes after the game started off scoreless
The Bison are off until after the New Year when they travel to Penn St.-Abington (5-0, 1-0 NEAC) on Tuesday, Jan. 5, to face the Nittany Lions at 3 p.m. in a North Eastern Athletic Conference game. The Bison are 1-1 in conference play this season.
GU Holiday Tournament All-Tournament Team
- MVP: Eireann Anastasi (Delaware Valley)
- Danielle Skedzielewski (Delaware Valley)
- Camileia Collier (Trinity)
- Alysaa King (Trinity)
- Jayni Webster (Catholic)
- Danielle Morris (Gallaudet)