ELMIRA, N.Y. - The Gallaudet University women's basketball team lost, 82-59, Sunday afternoon on the road against Elmira College in a non-conference game.
Gallaudet (0-2) held the lead through most of the first quarter but after Elmira (1-4) tied the game late in the first quarter, the Bison were not able to regain the lead over the Soaring Eagles for the remainder of the game.
The Bison were led by freshman guard Jakkisha Smith (Dallas, Texas) who scored 19 points and added five steals and four assists. Sophomore forward Kelli Barnes (Hope Mills, N.C.) scored 12 points and collected five rebounds while junior forward/guard Kelsey Hudson (Blissfield Mich.) added eight points and led the Bison in rebounds with 14.
After tying the game late in the first quarter the Soaring Eagles began to build a lead. However, GU kept the game close for the remainder of the second quarter. Elmira took a 34-27 lead over the Bison into the halftime intermission.
Elmira was able to maintain and build off of their lead as they outscored Gallaudet in the third quarter, 21-18, and in the fourth quarter, 27-14. Elmira would go on to beat the Bison, 82-59.
The Soaring Eagles were led by junior guard Danielle Cleary who scored 12 of her 26 points in the fourth quarter. Cleary also collected eight rebounds and four steals for Elmira. Sophomore forward Rachel Vespucci also came up big for Elmira earning a double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds.
- Junior forward Lawjen Ashmore (Fairbanks, Alaska) collected nine rebounds, scored six points and earned three steals for the Bison
- The Bison scored 40 points in the paint
- GU earned 15 second chance points off of 13 offensive rebounds
- Gallaudet's bench outscored Elmira's bench, 29-13
- Gallaudet scored 19 points off of 20 turnovers by Elmira
Gallaudet will jump into North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) play on Tuesday, Nov. 29, when the Bison travel to Bryn Athyn College (2-1, 0-0 NEAC) for a 6 p.m. game.