WASHINGTON - The Gallaudet University women's basketball team could not hold off Susquehanna University here Saturday as the River Hawks came back to clip the Bison, 69-65, in the Field House.
The Bison (1-7) and the River Hawks (7-1) battled hard in this non-conference game that featured 11 lead changes and eight ties. After securing a lead for most of the second half, a late surge by the River Hawks in the fourth quarter put Susquehanna up by four points as the final seconds ticked off the clock.
Gallaudet refused to let down in the fourth quarter after it surrendered a seven-point lead. Susquehanna knotted the game for the eighth time at the 2:19 mark, 63-63, after a Nikki Komara jumper. The River Hawks used a 12-3 run to go from down five, 60-55, to up four, 67-63, with 1:18 left in regulation.
Nine seconds later, freshman guard Jakkisha Smith (Dallas, Texas) cut the deficit to two, 67-65, after a made layup.
GU tried to regain the lead but several 3-point shots and lay-ups didn't go in the basket for the Bison as time expired.
Smith led the Bison with an 18-point game as she passed out five assists and made four steals. Unfortunately, Smith went 0-for-7 from 3-point range and only made 8 of 24 from the field. Junior forward Kelsey Hudson (Blissfield, Mich.) was aggressive in the post for the Bison where she brought down a season-high 17 rebounds to go with 13 points and two steals. This is Hudson's second double-double of the season.
Junior guard Kori Koss (Delavan, Wis.) had her first collegiate double-double with a career-high 14 points and 11 rebounds to go with four assists. Sophomore forward Kelli Barnes (Hope Mills, N.C.) was the fourth Bison in double figures with 12 points and six rebounds.
The two teams were evenly matches as the game was tied 22-22 after the first quarter and Gallaudet took a 36-35 lead into halftime. The Bison outscored the River Hawks by two, 14-12, in the third quarter.
Susquehanna had four players in double figures led by Komara's 17 points, eight assists and three rebounds. Angie Schedler added 12 points followed by Courtney Adams and Lexi Biggs-Garcia with 11 and 10 points, respectively.
- Four starters for the Bison reached double digits; Smith, Hudson, Koss and Barnes
- Junior forward Lawjen Ashmore (Fairbanks, Alaska) netted eight points and six rebounds
- GU outrebounded Susquehanna, 48-33
- The Bison scored 12 second chance points due to 21 offensive rebounds
- The River Hawks bench made a big contribution with 24 points.
Gallaudet is now off until the New Year. The Bison will next be on the court on Saturday, Jan. 7, at home against Penn College at 2 p.m.