WASHINGTON – The Gallaudet University women's basketball team was able to close out their 2015-16 regular season on a strong note, defeating North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) opponent Cazenovia College 97-65 in front of 287 fans here Sunday on Senior Day in the Field House.
The first quarter saw both teams trade leads seven times before Gallaudet (14-11, 13-7 NEAC) closed out the quarter with a 18-17 lead on a layup by sophomore Darriyan Thomas (Vallejo, Calif.). Cazenovia (6-19, 2-17 NEAC) converted five out of 10 3-point attempts in the opening quarter.
The Bison would never relinquish the lead, only permitting Cazenovia to tie the game once more at 24-24 with 6:38 remaining in the second quarter. Gallaudet would proceed to go on a 16-4 run to close out the first half, thanks to 11 combined points from sophomore guards Sabina Shysh (Tucson, Ariz.) and Kori Koss (Green Bay, Wis.).
GU kept scoring at will in the second half, shooting 23 of 40 (57.5 percent) and collecting 15 offensive rebounds while outscoring the Wildcats by 20 points in the last 20 minutes. After allowing Cazenovia to shoot 5 of 10 from 3-point land in the first quarter, GU slowed the Wildcats' offense down as they finished the game converting only 9 of 26 attempts.
Sophomore forward Kelsey Hudson (Blissfield, Mich.) was a force inside the paint as she finished with 25 points, 15 coming in the second half, to go along with 19 rebounds, (14 on the offensive side), all game and career-highs. Shysh had one of her more complete games of the season, finishing with 23 points, seven rebounds, five assists and a steal.
The Wildcats were led by sophomore guard Skyler Girard who scored 19 points, three 3-pointers, four rebounds. Senior guard D'Andrea Watson contributed 11 points and two steals in the loss.
With the victory, Gallaudet clinched the No. 2 seed in the NEAC South Division and will host a NEAC postseason game for the first time since the 2013-14 season (Feb. 25, 2014).
- Thomas finished with 11 points off the bench, a new career-high, and also collected six rebounds
- Senior Zamica Gage (Washington, D.C.) had 12 points, four rebounds, a game-high in steals (nine) and assists (eight)
- Senior Danielle Morris (St. Louis, Mich.) had eight points, nine rebounds and five assists
- Senior Danielle Warren (San Jose, Calif.) added six points, two rebounds, two assists, two steals to round out GU's senior class
- GU outscored Cazenovia 62-24 inside the paint
- The Bison bench outscored the Wildcats' bench 23-14
- Today was the ninth time this season GU gathered 50 or more rebounds
- 97 points scored today is the highest scoring output since Gallaudet scored 101 points vs. Christendom on Nov. 22, 2010
- All 11 players saw valuable playing time on the court
- GU hasn't lost to Cazenovia since Jan. 5, 2013 (lost 58-46 at home)
Three seniors were honored by Gallaudet head coach Stephanie Stevens prior to the game today.
#3 DANIELLE WARREN
Warren is a four-year letterwinner where she started in 77 out of 101 games. She has tallied 661 points, 239 rebounds, 172 assists and 168 steals.
#5 ZAMICA GAGE
Gage is a three-year letterwinner and a NEAC Scholar-Athlete honoree where she started 50 out of 58 games. She has accumulated 928 points, 313 rebounds, 222 assists, 214 steals and 24 blocks and was named to the All-NEAC second team last season.
#34 DANIELLE MORRIS
Morris is a two-year letterwinner who started in 24 out of 45 games. She has collected 233 points, 335 rebounds, 38 blocks, 32 steals, 25 assists and is a NEAC Scholar-Athlete honoree.
Gallaudet will host Bryn Athyn College (15-10, 13-7 NEAC) in the NEAC Tournament quarterfinals on Tuesday, Feb. 23, at 8 p.m. in the Field House.