WASHINGTON - It was a career night for two Gallaudet University women's basketball players here Saturday as the Bison prevailed, 72-36, over Penn College in a North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) game.
The Bison (2-7, 2-3 NEAC) dominated the Wildcats (0-8, 0-4 NEAC), both on offense and defense, as they led by as many as 38 points.
Gallaudet was led by sophomore forward Kelli Barnes (Hope Mills, N.C.), who picked up her second double-double of the season and set a career-high in points (22) and rebounds (14).
Junior guard Kori Koss (Delavan, Wis.) dished out a career-high 14 assists, while collecting seven rebounds and four points. Koss' 14 assists are the most assists recorded by a Bison in a game in over a decade and ranks among the program's best.
Freshman guard Jakkisha Smith (Dallas, Texas) added 18 points, seven rebounds, and a game-high five steals for the Bison.
In the first quarter, Gallaudet came out on fire as it dropped 20 points and held Penn College to just three points.
After the Wildcats fought back to cut the Bison's lead to 12 in the second quarter, Barnes scored six quick points in the paint to put the Bison back up by 18.
Gallaudet took a commanding 36-14 lead into the locker room.
GU went on a 10-1 run to start the second half to build a 29-point. As the third quarter came to a close the Bison found themselves up 52-22.
With a 30-point lead entering the fourth quarter, Gallaudet refused to back down as they continued to grow their lead.
Jane Herman and Gwendolyn Lavelle led the Wildcats with nine points each.
- This is the second highest point total (72) by the Bison this season
- Barnes' 22 points ties the second most points scored by a Bison this season
- The Bison collected 64 rebounds, the second most in a game this season
- Junior forward Kelsey Hudson (Blissfield, Mich.) netted nine points and collected nine rebounds as she went 2 of 3 from 3-point range and shot 3-for-4 from the field
- Junior forward Lawjen Ashmore (Fairbanks, Alaska) added six points and collected nine rebounds
- Freshman forward Tawnecia Rush (Lawrenceville, Ga.) made her first collegiate start, posted six points and five rebounds
- GU outscored Penn College in the paint, 16-4
- The Bison led the Wildcats for the entire game
- GU shot a season best 42.5 percent from the field (31-for-73)
The Bison return to the court tomorrow (Sunday, Jan. 8), at noon when they host College of Saint Elizabeth (5-4, 3-1 NEAC) in a NEAC game.