WASHINGTON - The Gallaudet University women's basketball team won its second straight conference matchup this week as it defeated Cazenovia College, 64-51, in a North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) Saturday afternoon at the Field House. Gallaudet played a strong first half against Cazenovia (1-13, 1-5 NEAC) before the Wildcats crept back into the contest in the second half.
The Bison (8-7, 5-1 NEAC) are a half game out of first place in the NEAC and tied with College of St. Elizabeth with 5-1 records. SUNYIT and Lancaster Bible College are both undefeated in conference play with 5-0 marks.
GU started the game off strong, going on a nine-point scoring drive in the first three minutes while holding the Wildcats scoreless. The Bison's offense gave the team a 19-point lead, 35-16, with only 1:31 remaining in the first half before the Wildcats rallied with five points to cut the lead to 14, 35-21, at intermission.
The Bison returned to the court following halftime with the same aggressiveness they displayed in the first half. Midway through the second half the Bison lost their edge and watched the Wildcats chip away at the double digit GU lead.
Cazenovia forward Erin O'Malley (nine rebounds), who scored 18 of her game-high 22 points in the second half, led the charge for the Wildcats. The visitors pulled to within five points on two different occassions in the final minutes of play but Gallaudet was able to ward off the threat and capture its fifth NEAC win.
The Bison had four players score in double digits. Senior forward Lindsay Stergio (Montville, Conn.) led the charge for the Bison, tallying a double-double as she scored 18 points while grabbing 10 rebounds. Senior guard Stephanie Weiss (Wellington, Fla.) finished second on the team with 13 points and contributed a game-high six assists. Junior guard Danielle Warren (San Jose, Calif.) totaled 12 points, five assists and four steals while senior guard Britny Latham (Cleveland, Tenn.) put up 11 points. Junior forward Lane Peters (Phoenix, Ariz.) came off the bench to add 10 rebounds, a game-high five steals and six points.
Gallaudet will next hit the road to New York and face SUNYIT on Saturday, Jan. 25, at 3 p.m. in a critical NEAC game.