AURORA, N.Y. – Gallaudet University dropped a 70-59 decision to Wells College on the road Sunday as the two North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) women's basketball teams played in the Farenthold Athletic Wing. The two teams were knotted at 30 apiece at halftime. GU took a brief lead early in the second half before a 10-0 run gave the host Express the lead for good up 40-31 with just over 15 minutes left in regulation.
Gallaudet (2-12, 0-7 NEAC South Division) was able to cut the Wells lead to one, 44-43, after a layup made by sophomore guard Claire Tucker (Middletown, Md.) at the 11:39 mark but that was as close as the Bison got. Tucker finished the game with a career-high 21 points as she made 10-of-27 shots from the field and had five rebounds. Senior forward Lindsay Stergio (Montville, Conn.) had a solid all-around game as she recorded 16 points, 10 rebounds, five steals, two assists and one block. The double-double is her fourth of the season. Sophomore guard Alexa Justus (Forks, Wash.) was the third Bison in double digits as she scored 11 points and grabbed eight rebounds and made three assists in the loss.
Wells (5-8, 4-1 NEAC North) had four players reach double figures led by their star forward Ashley Roser, who finished with 16 points, four rebounds and two steals. Roser, the NCAA Division III leader in rebounds per game (16.7 per game) was held to a season low four rebounds against the Bison.
GU outrebounded Wells 46-31 and outscored the Express 21-3 on second chance chances. Wells held a 32-30 advantage on points scored in the paint. The Express outscored the Bison 40-29 in the second half. Wells shot 53.1 percent from the field compared to GU's 37.1 percent mark.
Gallaudet will next face NEAC foe Penn St.-Harrisburg on Wednesday, Jan. 16, at 6 p.m.