WASHINGTON - A five-point lead slipped out of the grasp of the Gallaudet University women's basketball team Wednesday night as the Bison fell to Bryn Athyn College, 61-49, in a North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) South Division game in the Field House.
Gallaudet (1-5, 1-3 NEAC) led 44-39 entering the fourth quarter but didn't score again until 32 seconds remained as the visiting Lions (6-1, 4-0 NEAC) went on an 18-0 run. Freshman guard Jakkisha Smith (Dallas, Texas) scored GU's five points in the quarter as Bryn Athyn remained perfect in conference play.
The Bison jumped out to a 9-1 lead, four minutes in, to begin the game before the Lions roared back to knot the game at 11. GU junior guard Kori Koss (Delavan, Wis.) made a last-second jumper at the buzzer to give the Bison a two-point lead, 13-11.
The two teams kept it close in the second quarter. Bryn Athyn took its first lead of the game at the 5:14 mark on a 3-pointer made by Keana Schoennagle. The lead was short-lived as GU regained control and took a 23-21 lead into halftime.
GU lost the lead early in the third quarter but fought back to tie the game, twice, before the Bison closed out the quarter on a 10-2 run to take a five-point lead into the fourth quarter.
The Bison were led by Smith's 22 points and eight rebounds. Koss finished with 12 points, six rebounds, five steals and four assists. Junior forward Kelsey Hudson (Blissfield, Mich.) grabbed a team best 13 rebounds and netted six points and three assists. Junior forward Lawjen Ashmore (Fairbanks, Alaska) added six points, six rebounds, two blocks and two assists.
Bryn Athyn had four players reach double figures for points led by Samantha Hicks' 19 points followed by Je'la Watson (11 points) and Kristina Clark and Schoennagle, who scored 10 points each. Clark grabbed a game-high 18 rebounds to complete the double-double. Sarah Elizabeth Atunrase was a force down in the post as she made 10 blocks and grabbed eight rebounds.
- GU's bench outscored Bryn Athyn, 22-5
- The Lions held a 52-45 edge in rebounds and 12-4 advantage in blocks
- Gallaudet assisted 12 of its 20 made shots (60 percent)
- The Bison had eight fast break points
- The game featured five lead changes and four ties
- Bryn Athyn swept the season series against Gallaudet
Gallaudet will hit the road and face University of Valley Forge (3-2) on Friday for a 7 p.m. non-conference game.