PHOENIXVILLE, Pa. - The Gallaudet University women's basketball team struggled to find its rhythm Friday evening as it fell to the University of Valley Forge, 69-50, in a non-conference game.
After trailing the Patriots by 13 points, 29-16, at the end of the first half the Bison attempted to rally in the second half.
GU (1-6) was able to cut the lead to eight but that was as close as they would get. The Patriots (4-2) outscored the Bison 26-16 in the fourth quarter to secure their fourth straight win of the season.
Gallaudet's offense was led by freshman guard Jakkisha Smith (Dallas, Texas) who made her first collegiate start, going 7-for-17 from the field, to net 16 points and 14 rebounds. Sophomore forward Kelli Barnes (Hope Mills, N.C.) also contributed offensively for the Bison with eight points and 10 rebounds.
GU struggled to take care of the basketball as 29 turnovers led to 22 points for the Patriots. Valley Forge's offense was led by Morgan Edge (19 points, seven rebounds) and Jhanel Brown (17 points, five rebounds).
- Junior forward Kelsey Hudson (Blissfield, Mich.) racked up 12 rebounds, six points and two steals
- Junior guard Tuesdae Dunklin (Gardendale, Ala.) came off the bench and scored five points and collected seven rebounds for the Bison
- Junior forward Lawjen Ashmore (Fairbanks, Alaska) had eight rebounds, five points and one block
- GU outrebounded UVF, 57-34
- Three Gallaudet starters fouled out
- The Bison snagged 25 offensive rebounds leading to 16 second-chance points
The Bison will return to action tomorrow, (Saturday, Dec. 10) when they host Susquehanna University (6-1) in a non-conference game.