WASHINGTON - The Gallaudet University women's basketball team missed an opportunity to make up ground in the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) standings here Tuesday night. The Bison turned the ball over 30 times against Wilson College as the visiting Phoenix left the Field House with a 61-55 victory.
Like many games throughout this season, Gallaudet (2-14, 2-10 NEAC) hung tough throughout the first half and entered the locker room down one, 30-29, to Wilson (3-13, 1-11 NEAC).
After halftime, Wilson came onto the court and slowly built a lead. With a 3:23 left in the third quarter, a jump shot by Wilson's Amber Watkins gave the Phoenix an eight-point lead, 42-34. The Bison rallied back and cut the lead to one thanks to some steals and quick baskets by freshman guard Jakkisha Smith (Dallas, Texas).
Wilson answered back with some clutch shots and increased its lead to 10 points, late in the fourth quarter, before coasting the final minute to victory.
The Bison continued to push forward but were unable to keep up with Wilson's offense in the fourth quarter, as they turned the ball over eight times allowing the Phoenix to pull away.
Smith scored 24 points for the second consecutive game as she made 11 of 32 shots and grabbed nine rebounds, seven steals and seven assists. This is the fourth consecutive game the freshman has scored 23 or more points in a game.
Junior forward Kelsey Hudson (Blissfield, Mich.) and sophomore forward Kelli Barnes (Cliffside, N.C.) each recorded double-doubles for the Bison. Hudson dominated the glass, hauling in 17 rebounds while adding nine points and three steals for the Bison. Barnes racked up 12 rebounds, 10 points and one block.
The Phoenix saw four players reach double figures. Lindsey Purvis led the way with 16 points, 13 rebounds, four steals and four blocks while Ashley Henderson added 14 points and four rebounds.
- Junior guard Kori Koss (Delavan, Wis.) recorded nine points, three steals, two assists and two rebounds
- Junior forward Lawjen Ashmore (Fairbanks, Alaska) had the only two bench points for the Bison
- Hudson's 17 rebounds ties a season-high
- Gallaudet out-rebounded Wilson 60-33 and scored 15 second chance points off of 39 offensive rebounds
- Wilson outscored Gallaudet in the paint, 40-34
- Gallaudet scored 14 fast break points
- Both teams combined for a total of 65 turnovers
Gallaudet will hit the road to New York this weekend for more NEAC games against the North Division. The Bison will face Cazenovia College on Saturday, Jan. 28, at 1 p.m.