LANCASTER, Pa. – The Gallaudet University women's basketball team had a late lead slip away on Wednesday as the Bison lost a heartbreaking 53-50 North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) game on the road to Lancaser Bible College, the top team in the conference. The win clinches the top seed in the South Division for the Chargers (17-5, 13-0 NEAC), who have won 11 straight games.
Gallaudet (11-11, 8-5 NEAC) stayed one step ahead of Lancaster Bible through the first 10 minutes of the second half. With 10:25 remaining on the clock, the Bison held a five-point lead, 39-35, over the Chargers. Lancaster Bible's Brooklyn Wilson brought the Chargers back with three made free throws and a 3-point shot as the home team regained the lead, 41-39.
The Bison went on their own 6-0 run behind senior forward Lindsay Stergio (Montville, Conn.) and senior guard Stephanie Weiss (Wellington, Fla.), putting Gallaudet back in control with a four-point lead, 45-41. In the final five minutes of play, the two teams jockeyed for the lead, as the teams tied the score three times. With 1:05 left on the clock, Weiss sunk both of her free throws to knot the game at 50. The Chargers missed two shots from the field, but grabbed the offensive rebounds, before Aubrey Folger made a layup and was fouled by Stergio with 22 seconds left. Folger made the 3-point play as she made the free throw. Senior guard Britny Latham (Cleveland, Tenn.) had two chances to tie the game, with 3-point shots, but neither attempt found the bottom of the net as time expired.
The Bison played a great first half, despite a slow start, coming back from a 14-point deficit in the final eight minutes to ultimately tie the score, 28-28, at halftime.
Gallaudet was led by Stergio, who posted a double-double with 19 points and 12 rebounds. Latham came off of the bench to finish second on the team with 13 points. Weiss had a strong performance, putting up 10 points, four rebounds and three assists. Junior forward Lane Peters (Phoenix, Ariz.) scored eight but grabbed a team best 17 rebounds and added two assists and two blocks.
Folger posted a double-double with 15 points and 19 rebounds to go with two assists, two steals and two blocks to pace the Chargers. Katy Stover netted 15, gathered five rebounds while Shanice Smtih chipped in 11 points and eight rebounds.
The Bison return home this week to close out the home regular-season schedule. GU will host Penn St.-Abington (5-13, 3-9 NEAC South) on Saturday, Feb. 15, at 3 p.m.