WASHINGTON – Gallaudet University was unable to stop North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) foe Lancaster Bible College as the first-place Chargers took control of the women's basketball game early and stayed on top to defeat the Bison, 71-57, Tuesday night in the Field House.
Gallaudet (8-9, 5-3 NEAC) came out strong in the second half, after it trailed 38-25 at intermission, and outscored the Chargers 11-3 in the first two minutes and 29 seconds. The Bison had trimmed a 13-point lead down to five, 41-36, with 17:31 left in regulation. This is as close as GU got to Lancaster Bible (12-5, 9-0 NEAC) the rest of the game. The Chargers responded with a 13-6 spurt to push their lead back to double figures where it remained for the final 12 minutes of play.
Gallaudet struggled to get shots to fall, shooting only 32.3 percent from the field, and only made 3 of 15 (20 percent) from 3-point range in the game. LBC shot 48.3 from the field and converted 8 of 17 (47.1 percent) long range shots. The Chargers outrebounded the Bison, 51-37.
The two teams were knotted at 5-5 early before the Chargers caught fire and went on a 15-3 run in just over three minutes to jump out to a 20-8 lead. LBC made 4 of 5 3-pointers to start the game, led by senior guard Brooklyn Wilson (15 points) who made three 3-pointers early on. Wilson finished the game a perfect 5-for-5 from 3-point range and passed out five assists. Junior forward Shanice Smith had a monster double-double as she scored 15 points and ripped down a game-high 23 rebounds.
The Bison were led by senior forward Lindsay Stergio (Montville, Conn.) who earned a double-double with her game-high 20 points and 11 rebounds as well as six assists and two blocks. Junior forward Lane Peters (Phoenix, Ariz.) came off the bench and netted 13 points, four rebounds, three steals and two blocks. Senior guard Stephanie Weiss (Wellington, Fla.) tallied seven points, three rebounds, three assists as she played all 40 minutes.
LBC had four players reach double digits, led by Katy Stover's 19-point, six assists performance followed by Aubrey Folger's 17 points, 11 rebounds and six assists. Smith and Wilson were the two other Chargers in double figures. The Chargers have won six consecutive games and remain perfect in NEAC play.
The Bison will continue with their NEAC schedule as they travel to Wells College on Saturday, Feb. 1, at 3 p.m.