CAZENOVIA, N.Y. - Time ran out on Gallaudet University's comeback here Saturday as the visiting Bison lost 62-59 to Cazenovia College in a North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) women's basketball game.
Gallaudet (2-15, 2-11 NEAC South) dug itself a big hole in the first half as the Bison trailed 40-26 at halftime. Cazenovia (2-13, 1-8 NEAC North) shot 50 percent from the field in the second quarter as it made 10 field goals and 25 points during the 10-minute span.
The Bison began their comeback in the third quarter as they made 9 of 20 shots (45 percent) from the field to post 19 points. GU trailed 50-45 heading into the fourth and decisive quarter.
Gallaudet battled with Cazenovia in the fourth quarter as the Wildcats never led by more than eight points. GU cut the margin to three, 60-57, when junior Lawjen Ashmore (Fairbanks, Alaska) made a basket with three minutes left in regulation. The Bison missed the opportunity to get closer after three missed shots and two turnovers but luckily Cazenovia did the same on their offensive trips.
Junior guard Tuesdae Dunklin (Gardendale, Ala.) cut the margin to one, 60-59, with 38 seconds left. Cazenovia added two free throws in the waning seconds to close out the game.
Junior forward Kelsey Hudson (Blissfield, Mich.) and junior guard Kori Koss (Delavan, Wis.) led the Bison offense with 11 points. Hudson hauled in a career-high 21 rebounds. Sophomore forward Kelli Barnes (Cliffside, N.C.) added 10 points.
Cazenovia had three players in double figures led by Taylor Spranger's 22-point performance and 13 rebounds. Kelli Shepardson and Skylar Girard added 17 points each.
- Freshman guard Jakkisha Smith (Dallas, Texas) was held to nine points, seven rebounds
- Dunklin came off the bench to score eight points
- Smith snapped her 16-game streak where she scored 12 or more points in a game
- Freshman guard Brianna DiGiovanni (Rochester, N.Y.) made her first collegiate start
- Ashmore grabbed 11 rebounds
- Freshman Tawnecia Rush (Lawrenceville, Ga.) tallied four points off the bench
- Gallaudet led for nearly six minutes in the first quarter
- The Bison held a 28-24 edge in the paint
- The game featured eight lead changes and was tied four times
- Gallaudet's bench scored 16 points
GU remains on the road and will travel over to Morrisville State College (11-4, 6-2 NEAC North) tomorrow (Sunday, Jan. 29) for a conference game at noon.