WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. - The Gallaudet University women's basketball team lost a close one here Sunday against Penn College, 68-59, in a North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) game.
The Bison (2-11, 2-7 NEAC) and the Wildcats (3-10, 3-6 NEAC) fought hard exchanging baskets to keep the game close until the fourth quarter. The Wildcats went on an 11-4 run to give them their largest lead of the game, 10 points, with 4:41 left in the game.
Gallaudet mustered up an 8-4 run late in fourth quarter but it proved to be too little, too late as the Bison fell to the Wildcats.
While many of Gallaudet's starting five struggled to find their rhythm offensively, freshman guard Jakkisha Smith (Dallas, Texas) continued to lead the Bison offense. Smith posted a 23-point game to go with seven assists, four rebounds and four steals.
With the starters for the Bison struggling, sophomore forward Michaela Evans (Chattanooga, Tenn.) came off the bench and shot 7-for-10 from the field to tally a career-high 14 points to go with four rebounds.
Gallaudet outscored Penn College 17-13 in the second quarter and took a 33-31 lead into halftime.
Alicia Ross shot 11 of 20 from the field and netted a game-high 28 points for the Wildcats while Gwedonlyn Lavelle scored 16 points and Jane Herman added a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds.
- Junior forward Kelsey Hudson (Blissfield, Mich.) dominated the glass, hauling in 17 rebounds (nine offensive rebounds), tying her season-high, to go with five steals and four points
- Junior guard Kori Koss (Delavan, Wis.) dished out seven assists and scored two points
- Junior forward Lawjen Ashmore (Fairbanks, Alaska) had six points, three rebounds, one block and one steal
- Sophomore forward Kelli Barnes (Hope Mills, N.C.) was held to four points and five rebounds
- Gallaudet out-rebounded the Wildcats 38-24 and allowed the Wildcats only four offensive rebounds
The Bison return to action on their home court on Saturday, Jan. 21, when they tip-off against SUNY Poly at 2 p.m. in a NEAC game.