LANCASTER, Pa. - The Gallaudet University women's basketball team played its final game of the 2015-16 season here Saturday night as they lost 65-55 to SUNY Polytechnic Institute in the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) semifinals hosted by Lancaster Bible College.
SUNY Poly (22-5), the No. 1 team in the NEAC North Division, kept the lead for most of the game, even extending the gap to 22 points in the beginning of the second half, 39-17. The Bison (15-12) worked hard to get back into the game. With less than five minutes left in the game, GU went on a 10-0 run to cut the margin to seven before the Wildcats were able to sink another shot with only 38 seconds left.
The game started off slow, neither team scored for over three minutes of play, but the team settled in and got into the game. SUNY Poly led 15-7 after the first quarter concluded and increased its advantage to 34-15 at the half.
The Bison were led by senior guard Zamica Gage (Washington, D.C.) who scored 20 points, pulled down eight rebounds, made two assists and a steal. Senior guard Danielle Warren (San Jose, Calif.) and sophomore guard Sabina Shysh (Tucson, Ariz.) added 14 and 12 points, respectively, and sophomore forward Kelsey Hudson (Blissfield, Mich.) added eight rebounds to the team total of 31.
The Wildcats also had three players score in double digits, led by Geena Gallo with 17 points and nine rebounds. SUNY Poly advances to the NEAC championship game against Lancaster Bible College scheduled for tomorrow (Sunday, Feb. 28) at 2:30 p.m.
- Senior Danielle Morris (St. Louis, Mich.) added six rebounds
- GU scored 29 points off of 15 Wildcat turnovers
- Both teams only scored eight second-chance points
- The Wildcats held a 30-24 edge over the Bison in the paint
- GU shot 78.6 percent from the free throw line
The team bids farewell to three players; Gage, Morris, Warren, who have contributed immensely to the program.
Warren wraps up her four-year letterwinner career where she started in 79 out of 103 games. She tallied 682 points, 243 rebounds, 174 assists and 169 steals.
Morris has played basketball for the women's basketball program for two years. She started in 26 out of 47 games. She has collected 244 points, 356 rebounds, 41 blocks, 33 steals, 27 assists and is a NEAC Scholar-Athlete honoree.
Gage is a three-year letterwinner and a NEAC Scholar-Athlete honoree where she started 52 out of 60 games. She accumulated 981 points, 327 rebounds, 228 assists, 221 steals and 24 blocks. She finishes ranked No. 11 in school history for points as she just missed reaching 1,000 points. This season, Gage was named to the All-NEAC first team after being named to the second team last year.
The Bison advanced to the NEAC semifinal round for the second time in three years and continued its postseason run with three consecutive appearances in the conference tournament. GU will need to replace three strong seniors and figure out who will pick-up the scoring with the loss of Gage. Ten different underclassmen are scheduled to return for the 2016-17 season led by Shysh and Hudson.