ANNVILLE, Pa. – Sophomore guard Britny Latham (Cleveland, Tenn.) made one of her four 3-pointers with four seconds left to pull Gallaudet University within a point, 53-52, against Pitt-Bradford on Saturday in the women's basketball consolation game of the Rinso Marquette Tournament at Lebanon Valley College. The Bison (0-2) sent Pitt-Bradford (2-1) to the foul line where they missed the free throw, Latham got the rebound but the final seconds ran off as GU narrowly lost.
Gallaudet went on a 17-0 run during a four-minute stretch of the first half to take its biggest lead of the game 23-16 with 6:37 left before halftime. Sophomore guard Stephanie Weiss (Wellington, Fla.) helped to start the run with three 3-pointers in a 54 second stretch as the Bison led 17-16 after trailing 16-6. Pitt-Bradford outscored Gallaudet 12-2 in the first five minutes of the game as well. The Bison went into the locker room up 27-26.
In the second half, neither team led by more than six points as the game stayed close throughout. Weiss made her fourth 3-pointer with 3:45 left in regulation as the game was tied, for the fourth time, at 49.
Weiss finished with new career highs in points (16) and rebounds (12) to go with three steals. She was named to the all-tournament team. Latham matched Weiss with 16 points, four rebounds and two assists. Latham did the majority of her damage in the second half where she scored 14. Freshman Claire Tucker (Middletown, Md.) came off the bench to net 11 points, grab seven rebounds and made three steals.
Behind the shooting of Latham and Weiss the Bison finished with a 42.1 shooting percentage (8-for-19) from 3-point range. GU shot 29.5 percent from the field as it made 18-of-61 shots. The Bison scored 12 second chance points in the loss.
Pitt-Bradford was led by Costanza Maria (12 points, seven rebounds) and Jordan Caitlin (11 points, 11 rebounds), who also made five blocks to go with her double-double. The Panthers outrebounded the Bison 52-43 and held a 28-12 advantage in the paint. Pitt-Bradford struggled from 3-point range as the Panthers made 3-of-18 attempts (16.7 percent) and only shot 34.8 percent from the field.
Lebanon Valley (3-0) defeated Penn St.-Harrisburg (0-2) by 13 points, 55-42, in the championship game.
Gallaudet will make its home debut next Saturday, Nov. 26, at 8 p.m. when the Bison face Valley Forge Christian College on the first day of the GU Holiday Tournament.