READING, Pa. - Junior forward Kelsey Hudson (Blissfield, Mich.) matched her career-high for points (25) as Gallaudet University picked up its first win of the women's basketball season here Saturday over Penn St.-Berks, 90-69, in a North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) game.
Gallaudet (1-4, 1-2 NEAC) fell behind out of the gate as Penn St.-Berks (0-4, 0-2 NEAC) jumped ahead 6-0 and later 11-2. The Bison didn't panic and slowly chipped away and knotted the game at 17 and took the lead for good on some free throws made by sophomore forward Kelli Barnes (Hope Mills, N.C.) in the final minute of the first quarter.
Hudson scored 10 of Gallaudet's 24 points in the second quarter as she grabbed five rebounds in the process. GU took a 45-33 lead into halftime.
The Bison put the game away in the third quarter as they outscored the Nittany Lions 28-9 and held a 31-point lead, 73-42, heading into the fourth quarter.
Hudson recorded a double-double with 25 points and 16 rebounds to go with five assists, four steals and one block. Freshman guard Jakkisha Smith (Dallas, Texas) set a new career-high with 25 points to match Hudson. Smith tallied eight steals, three assists and three rebounds before fouling out.
Junior guard Tuesdae Dunklin (Gardendale, Ala.) increased her career best for points with 17 as she made 8 of 11 shots from the field. Dunklin grabbed five rebounds, passed out three assists and made two steals in the win. Barnes was the second Bison to record a double-double as she finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds.
Penn St.-Berks was led by Sam Brensinger and Deanna Daddona who scored 26 and 25 points, respectively. Daddona made 4-of-10 shots from 3-point range to lead all scorers.
- This was Barnes' first double-double of her career
- Gallaudet scored 43 points off 33 Penn St.-Berks turnovers
- GU held a 44-28 edge in the paint
- The Bison bench, led by Smith, scored 31 points
- Gallaudet's largest lead was 35 early in the fourth quarter
- The Nittany Lions led for the first nine minutes of the game
- The Bison outrebounded the Nittany Lions 49-32
The Bison return home to host Bryn Athyn College (4-1, 2-0 NEAC) on Wednesday, Dec. 7, in a 5 p.m. conference game.