WASHINGTON – The Gallaudet University women's basketball team played their final home game of the season and celebrated Senior Night with a 50-44 victory over Penn St.-Abington in a North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) game at the Field House.
Gallaudet (12-11, 9-5 NEAC) struck first against Penn St.-Abington (5-14, 3-10 NEAC), as senior guard Britny Latham (Cleveland, Tenn.) sank a three-pointer to set the tone. Halfway through the first half, the Nittany Lions gained the lead with a layup and went up by one (6-5). This would be the last time Penn St.-Abington took control of the lead, as the Bison responded with 11 unanswered points and never looked back. Gallaudet went into halftime with a 25-17 point lead.
The Bison came out firing in the second half as they widened their lead 12 points (31-19) after only five minutes of play. The Nittany Lions, however, still had some fight left as they brought the game to within two points (40-38) at the 6:35 mark after outscoring the Bison 19 to nine in a ten minute stretch. In the final five minutes of the game, the Bison were able to extend their lead to six points and tighten down defensively to secure the victory.
The Bison had three players reach double digits in the win, led by senior forward Lindsay Stergio (Montville, Conn.) who scored 14 points in addition to her seven rebounds and three assists. Latham and senior guard Stephanie Weiss (Wellington, Fla.) both tallied 10 points each. Junior forward Lane Peters (Phoenix, Ariz.) also had key contributions to the win with her game-high nine rebounds as well as two assists, one steal, and one block.
Penn St.-Abington was led by Stephanie Keyes who scored a game high 17 points and had six rebounds, two steals and two assists.
Latham concludes her three-year career with 650 points, 149 rebounds, 100 assists, 93 steals, and five blocks in 62 games played (38 starts). Weiss concludes her four-year career with 682 points, 335 rebounds, 238 assists, 116 steals, and four blocks in 93 games played (79 started). Stergio concludes her two-year career with 788 points, 443 rebounds, 132 assists, 71 steals, and 18 blocks in 47 games played (46 started).
Gallaudet will close out the season on the road as they travel to New Jersey and New York. The Bison will take on St. Elizabeth on Tuesday, Feb. 18, at 6 p.m. followed by Morrisville St. on Friday, Feb. 21, at 7 p.m. in back-to-back NEAC match-ups.
Seniors (Left to Right): Marshall Harris (Student Manager), Lindsay Stergio, Britny Latham, Stephanie Weiss, Jeremy Cormier (Student Assistant)