WASHINGTON – The Gallaudet University women's basketball team and fourth-year head coach Stephanie Stevens are entering the 2015-16 season with high expectations, building off two straight winning seasons. The Bison went 14-11 overall last year and finished third in the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) South Division standings with a 13-7 conference record.
The Bison return two starters and four reserves that played crucial minutes last season. Gallaudet's backcourt is led by seniors Zamica Gage (Washington, D.C.) and Danielle Warren (San Jose, Calif.). Gage was an All-NEAC second team selection last season after scoring 400 points in 25 games (16.0 points per game average).
GU has been working hard in the offseason and the preseason and are coming together as the season tips off. The team is trying to bring positive energy and a team first philosophy to the court.
NEAC Record: 13-7
Highlight: Played in NEAC tournament quarterfinals
Awards: One All-NEAC second team selection
Zamica Gage (Washington, D.C.), Sr., Guard
Gage is a veteran to the program and has been a fierce, go-to player as she was a leader for the Bison in the 2014-15 season as she scored 400 points, 150 rebounds, 76 assists and 82 steals in 25 games and earned all-conference honors.
Danielle Warren (San Jose, Calif.), Sr., Guard
Warren is an energetic player who is starting her fourth consecutive year for the Bison women's basketball team as a good defender and shooter. Last season, Warren started in 24 of 25 games played, scored 211 points, 51 rebounds, 31 assists and 47 steals.
Sabina Shysh (Tucson, Ariz.), So., Guard
Shysh saw action in 24 games last season where she tallied 97 points, grabbed 73 rebounds and made 18 steals. She is slated to be elevated to the starting line-up in 2015-16.
Elena Ciccarelli, Forward
Ciccarelli was Gallaudet's first four-year, three-sport student-athlete and a leader for the GU women's basketball team. She played in 101 games (98 starts) and scored 521 points, had 686 rebounds, 96 assists and 116 steals.
Lane Peters, Forward
Peters, a transfer student, played two years for the Bison and totaled 394 points, 478 rebounds, 81 assists and 80 steals in 46 games.
Leslye Kang, Guard/Forward
Kang was a four-year letterwinner for the Bison, totaled 115 points, 101 rebounds, 26 assists, and 37 steals in 68 games. Will serve as an assistant coach on this year's team.
Lawjen Ashmore (Fairbanks, Alaska), Fr.
The long awaited Ashmore debut should finally happen this season. Ashmore is a veteran basketball player who was part of the Bison program during the 2013-14 season, but was injured early in the season before she was able to see any playing time. Ashmore was also part of the U21 World Deaf Basketball team in 2014 that travelled to Turkey.
Kelli Barnes (Hope Mills, N.C.), Fr.
Barnes played four years at Model Secondary School for the Deaf. She should make an immediate impact for the Bison down in the post.
Michaela Evans (Chattanooga, Tenn.), Fr.
Evans may be a freshman, but is no stranger to the court as she has been featured as SportsMX Athlete of the Month (December 2014), National Deaf Interscholastic Athletic Association (NDIAA) Division II first-team All-American (2014-15) for her accomplishments in high school. She averaged 20.9 points per game and 8.9 rebounds per game at Tennessee School for the Deaf.
"Our inner strength comes from our seasoned veterans who have worked endlessly to develop their young teammates in preparation for our season. In these recent NCAA rules changes, we are excited to play a four-quarter style which we believe allows us to focus on winning each quarter in point margin, rebounding margin and so forth. Furthermore, we are striving to give our seniors a memorable and winning season as they have been invaluable to our program's success in the classroom, community and on the court." Stephanie Stevens, Gallaudet University women's basketball head coach
- Season/Home opener: vs. Oberlin College (Sat., Nov. 28)
- Conference Opener: at St. Elizabeth (Sat., Dec. 5)
- GU Holiday Tournament: Fri., Dec. 11 and Sat., Dec. 12
- Conference Home opener: vs. Penn College (Sat., Jan. 9)
- 2014 Conference Champions: at Lancaster Bible (Sat., Jan. 30)
- Pink/Kids Day: vs. Wilson (Sat., Feb. 13)
- Senior Day: vs. Penn St.-Berks (Sat., Feb. 20)
- NEAC Tournament: Feb. 23-28
BISON HOME GAMES
Nov. 28 vs. Oberlin, 2 p.m.
Dec. 08 vs. Randolph, 7 p.m.
Dec. 11 vs. Trinity Washington, 6 p.m.
Dec. 12 vs. Delaware Valley or Catholic, noon/2 p.m.
Jan. 09 vs. Penn College, 2 p.m.
Jan. 10 vs. St. Elizabeth, noon
Jan. 23 vs. Cazenovia, 2 p.m.
Jan. 24 vs. Morrisville St., 2 p.m.
Jan. 26 vs. Penn St.-Abington, 7 p.m.
Feb. 11 vs. Randolph-Macon, 7 p.m.
Feb. 13 vs. Wilson, 2 p.m. (Pink Day)
Feb. 16 vs. Bryn Athyn, 7 p.m.
Feb. 19 vs. Lancaster Bible, 7 p.m.
Feb. 20 vs. Penn St.-Berks, 3 p.m. (Senior Day)