AURORA, N.Y. - Gallaudet University had trailed for the majority of the game until the decisive fourth quarter here Sunday as the Bison women's basketball team rallied to defeat Wells College, 59-57, on a last-second shot in a showdown between two top North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) teams.
Gallaudet (10-9, 9-6 NEAC) called a timeout with 19 seconds left after Wells (12-8, 8-5 NEAC) had knotted the game at 57. The Bison held the ball for a last-second shot and made sure senior guard Zamica Gage (Washington, D.C.) would have the opportunity to take that shot. Gage dribbled at the top of the key and with her feet just inside the 3-point arc she threw up the game-winner that swished through the net for the win.
The Bison battled back from being down 34-30 at the half and faced an 11-point deficit late in the third quarter. GU outscored Wells 17-10 in the fourth quarter.
Gage paced the offense with 18 points, eight rebounds, seven assists, one block and one steal. Senior forward Danielle Morris (St. Louis, Mich.) and sophomore guard Sabina Shysh (Tucson, Ariz.) scored 14 points and grabbed eight rebounds each.
Wells was led by guard Ashida Cooper's 19-point performance as she made 8 of 13 shots and grabbed nine rebounds in 26 minutes played. Forward Shelby Medovich netted 13 points in the loss.
GU held an early 6-5 lead in the first quarter before Wells responded with a 14-8 run to take a 19-14 lead.
- Sophomore guard Darriyan Thomas (Vallejo, Calif.) scored six points off the bench
- Sophomore forward Kelsey Hudson (Blissfield, Mich.) grabbed six rebounds
- The game featured six lead changes and three ties
- GU scored 19 points off 24 turnovers by Wells
- The Bison controlled the post by outscoring the Express, 32-22
- Gallaudet scored 17 second-chance points
Gallaudet returns home where it will host the final six games of the regular-season schedule this month in the Field House. The Bison venture out of conference and welcome Randolph-Macon College (9-11) to campus on Thursday evening at 7 p.m.