WASHINGTON - The Gallaudet University women's basketball team erased a 15-point third-quarter deficit here Sunday afternoon to defeat College of Saint Elizabeth, 62-59, in a key North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) South Division game.
Gallaudet (5-5, 4-2 NEAC) went on a 14-0 run, in the last four minutes, to close the gap to one, 49-48, as the two teams entered the decisive fourth quarter. Sophomore Kelsey Hudson (Blissfield, Mich.) scored the first bucket of the final 10-minute frame, off a nice pass from senior Zamica Gage (Washington, D.C.), to give GU its first lead since 29-28 with 3:29 left in the second quarter. St. Elizabeth (4-7, 4-2 NEAC) went into the break up 38-30 and outscored Gallaudet 11-4 to begin the third quarter before the Bison began their comeback.
This is the largest comeback victory for a Bison team coached by head coach Stephanie Stevens, now in her fourth season.
With four minutes left in regulation, St. Elizabeth held a three-point lead, 57-54, but missed its last four shots and turned the ball over twice. The lead changed five times in the fourth quarter before Gage sealed the deal on a layup and free throw to put the Bison ahead 61-57 with 1:51 left.
Gallaudet was aggressive on defense throughout the game as it made 15 steals and scored 21 points off 24 turnovers made by the Eagles. In the first quarter, the Bison scored half of their points in transition and netted 10 points off nine St. Elizabeth turnovers. GU held a 16-14 edge after the first 10 minutes of play.
The Eagles took off in the second quarter and outscored Gallaudet 24-14, and went on a 7-0 run in the final two minutes to take an eight-point lead into intermission.
Gage led the Bison with 19 points, 10 assists, seven steals and four rebounds. Sophomore guard Sabina Shysh (Tucson, Ariz.) added 16 points, five rebounds and four assists. Sophomore guard Kori Koss (Green Bay, Wis.) and senior guard Danielle Warren (San Jose, Calif.) added eight points each while senior forward Danielle Morris (St. Louis, Mich.) led the Bison with eight rebounds.
St. Elizabeth, who entered the game in second-place in the NEAC South Division, had three players score in double digits, led by junior guard Jasmine Poole (eight rebounds) with 18 points. Junior Danesha Triplett and Ashley Pledger scored 12 and 10 points, respectively, and freshman Deja Ingram led the Eagles with 13 rebounds and two blocks.
- This is the second meeting between the two schools this season with the home team winning both games
- St. Elizabeth defeated Gallaudet, 83-70, on Dec. 5
- The Bison held a 38-34 edge in the paint against the Eagles
- Gage scored 13 or more points for the eighth time this season
- The Bison bench scored 16 points
- GU scored 18 fast break points compared to six from the Eagles
The Bison are off this week before traveling to New York next weekend as they venture in the NEAC North Division. GU will first go up against SUNY Cobleskill (3-5, 2-1 NEAC) on Saturday, Jan. 16, at 3 p.m. before facing SUNY Poly (5-4, 2-0 NEAC), currently in first-place in the NEAC North Division, on Sunday, Jan. 17, at 2 p.m.