READING, Pa. - Senior transfer Lindsay Stergio (Montville, Conn.) scored double figures for the fourth time in four games this season for the Bison but the Gallaudet University women's basketball team was beaten in its North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) opener on the road Friday night in a 62-56 loss to Penn St.-Berks.
Stergio was once again dominant for the Bison (2-2, 0-1 NEAC) in the front court and accomplished a rare statistical anomaly in the loss to the Lions. The senior forward scored 22 points on 8-of-16 shooting from the floor and 6-of-8 from free throw line, all identical totals to her stat line in the Bison's previous game, a home loss to Valley Forge Christian College in the GU Holiday Tournament championship game over Thanksgiving weekend. Stergio also added eight rebounds, narrowly missing her second straight double-double, in the loss.
The Nittany Lions (1-5, 1-0 NEAC) raced out to a 19-4 lead in the game's first seven minutes but the Bison came charging back before the half and trailed just 30-29 at the break. While the Bison would stay within striking distance for the duration of the game, they were never able to gain control thanks to tenacious defense by the host Lions. The team amassed 12 steals and three blocks in limiting the Bison shooters to a season-low 47 attempts and just two from beyond the arc.
Freshman guard Danielle Warren (San Jose, Calif.), however, was unfazed by the Lion defense as she scored a career-high 11 points on 5-of-6 shooting from the field in a stellar effort off the bench for the Bison. Warren also dished out four assists and had two steals in the best performance of her young career.
The Lions had three players in double figures and were keyed defensively by Keisha Robinson who had five steals. Sophomore forward Sherrie Satchel led all players with 12 rebounds on the night.
The Bison have now lost two in a row and look to get back on track tomorrow (Saturday, Dec. 8) at Lancaster Bible College in a 1 p.m. conference game.