MARCY, N.Y. - The Gallaudet University women's basketball team faced a tough opponent here Sunday as the Bison fell 68-51 to SUNY Poly, who is undefeated in North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) play this season. The loss snaps Gallaudet's three-game winning streak while SUNY Poly (8-4, 5-0 NEAC) has won its last four and is 8-1 at home.
The Wildcats took advantage of Bison miscues as they turned the ball over 26 times, the second highest total this season, which led to 28 points for the home team. SUNY Poly was more careful with the ball as it only made 11 turnovers that led to two points for Gallaudet (6-6, 5-3 NEAC).
SUNY Poly's frontcourt got the best of Gallaudet as forwards Geena Gallo (20 points, 10 rebounds) and Lauren Knowles (27 points) along with 6-foot center Erika Charbonneau combined for 51 points, 24 rebounds and five blocks. The trio accounted for 75 percent of the SUNY Poly offense. The Wildcats outscored the Bison 44-26 in the paint.
Sophomore Kelsey Hudson (Blissfield, Mich.) led the Bison with a career best 12 points as she made 5 of 8 shots from the field to go with nine rebounds. Senior guard Zamica Gage (Washington, D.C.) was held to single digits as she scored nine points, 10 off her season average, six assists and turned the ball over 10 times before she fouled out in the fourth quarter. Senior forward Danielle Morris (St. Louis, Mich.) grabbed a team-high 10 rebounds to go with six points and three blocks, a new career best.
SUNY Poly led 23-10 after the first quarter and took a 36-21 lead into halftime.
- Sophomore Darriyan Thomas (Vallejo, Calif.) led GU's bench with six points and five rebounds
- Senior guard Danielle Warren (San Jose, Calif.) and sophomore Sabina Shysh (Tucson, Ariz.) scored seven and six points, respectively
- GU outrebounded SUNY Poly by six, 45-39
- 68 points is the third highest total by an opponent against GU this season
- This was only the fourth game of the year that Gallaudet didn't score 60 or more points
- Gallaudet defeated SUNY Poly 53-48 last season in the Field House
Gallaudet will wrap-up its three-game road trip on Wednesday, Jan. 20, with a 7 p.m. conference game at Wilson College (2-9, 0-8 NEAC).