ABINGTON, Pa. - The Gallaudet University women's basketball team could not get by Penn St.-Abington here Wednesday night as they fell to the Nittany Lions 84-69 in a North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) contest.
Gallaudet (2-17, 2-13 NEAC) turned in its best shooting percentage game of the season as the Bison made 28 of 64 shots from the field (43.8 percent).
The Bison scored the final six points of the first quarter to take a 20-18 lead heading into the second quarter. Junior guard Kori Koss (Delavan, Wis.) added to the margin with a 3-pointer to begin the new quarter. That was Gallaudet's largest lead of the night.
The Nittany Lions (9-9, 7-6 NEAC) answered and tied the game four times in the second quarter before the host netted the final six points to take a 44-39 lead into halftime.
Penn St.-Abington went on a 11-2 run to begin the second half and never looked back en route to the 15-point win.
The Bison were once again led by freshman guard Jakkisha Smith (Dallas, Texas), who scored 21 points and nine rebounds off the bench.
Sophomore forward Kelli Barnes (Cliffside, N.C.) was a force in the paint for the Bison as she scored 18 points as she made 9 of 11 shots. Barnes grabbed nine rebounds and had a blocked shot. Junior forward Kelsey Hudson (Blissfield, Mich.) brought down a team best 13 rebounds to go with six points and four assists.
The Nittany Lions starting five finished in double figures led by Shayna Rodriguez's double-double of 26 points and 13 rebounds.
- Junior forward Lawjen Ashmore (Fairbanks, Alaska) scored 12 points, four rebounds and made three steals
- Koss finished with six points, three rebounds, two assists and two steals
- Freshman forward Tawnecia Rush (Lawrenceville, Ga.) made her second collegiate start
- Junior guard Tuesdae Dunklin (Gardendale, Ala.) added four points off the bench
- GU shot 53.6 percent in the first half from the field as it made 17 of 32 shots
- The Bison held a 34-28 edge in points in the paint
- Gallaudet's bench contributed 25 points in the loss
- The game featured 11 lead changes and eight ties
- Gallaudet has now lost 10 straight games
- Penn St.-Abington completes the season series sweep, 2-0, over Gallaudet
- The Nittany Lions beat the Bison 73-57 on Jan. 12
Gallaudet returns home on Saturday, Feb. 4, to welcome NEAC opponents Lancaster Bible College (13-5, 12-1 NEAC) at noon. The 21st Annual Alumni Basketball Madness Day will take place this Saturday as well.