LANCASTER, Pa. – Sophomore Claire Tucker (Middletown, Md.) scored eight of Gallaudet University's 10 points in the first half on the road Saturday as the Bison women's basketball team got off to a slow start against Lancaster Bible College. The Bison went onto drop their second straight North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) game 51-38 before a crowd of 236.
Gallaudet (2-3, 0-2 NEAC) made 5-of-24 shots (20.8 percent) in the first half as the Chargers led 24-10 at the break. Tucker made 4-of-10 shots in the first half to lead the Bison with eight points and four rebounds. The Bison committed 18 turnovers in the opening 20 minutes which led to 15 points for the Chargers (5-1, 2-1 NEAC).
The Bison cut the Chargers lead to 28-18 after senior Lindsay Stergio (Montville, Conn.) made two free throws with 11:44 left in regulation. The 10-point deficit was as close as the Bison got as the Chargers gradually pulled away the rest of the game. Stergio ran into foul trouble and picked up four fouls in a 13-minute stretch to foul out of the game with five minutes left to go. She finished the game with six points, six rebounds and six assists to snap her double figure point total at four games.
Freshman Augusta Schriver (Middletown, Md.) came off the bench to score six points, three rebounds, three steals and two assists. Senior forward Amy Bachtel (Columbus, Ohio) netted five points and grabbed seven rebounds.
Lancaster Bible had three different players in double figures led by Lauren Heliger's 13 points, eight rebounds, five assists and two steals. Emily Lloyd added 12 points, five rebounds while Aubrey Folger added 11 points, five rebounds and five steals. The Chargers outscored the Bison 26-8 in the paint and held a 33-32 lead in rebounds.
Gallaudet will next travel to Towson, Md., to face Goucher College on Saturday, Dec. 15, at 5 p.m. for a non-conference game.