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Gallaudet falls short against top NEAC squad

Gallaudet falls short against top NEAC squad

WASHINGTON – The Gallaudet University women's basketball team suffered its first home loss in five games on Saturday as Lancaster Bible College, the top team in the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC), raced past the Bison in 51-35 at the Field House.

Junior Zamica Gage (Washington, D.C.) recorded a double-double with 14 points, 11 rebounds to go with three steals and two assists to pace the Bison offense. Fellow junior Danielle Morris (St. Louis, Mich.) scored six points and grabbed six rebounds coming off the bench. Senior Alexa Justus (Forks, Wash.) scored five points in the first half and tallied four rebounds while senior forward Lane Peters (Phoenix, Ariz.) had a team-high nine rebounds to go with four points, two steals, two assists and one block in the loss.

Gallaudet (9-8, 8-5 NEAC) picked the wrong game to have an off day shooting the ball. The Bison shot a season low 24.2 percent from the field as they made 15 of 62 shots as 10 field goals came in the first half. Lancaster Bible (13-3, 11-1 NEAC) took a 29-23 lead into halftime before it outscored Gallaudet, 22-12, in the second half.

The Chargers had three players in double figures including two that had double-doubles. Forward Aubrey Folger had a monster game with 17 points and 17 rebounds to go with five steals and one block. Shanice Smith scored 12 points and 11 rebounds to go with three steals and three assists. Guard Katy Stover added 13 points, six rebounds and four assists in the win.

GU scored the game's first two baskets and held an 8-3 lead before the Chargers went on a 20-5 run to take a 23-13 lead with nine minutes left in the first half. The game was far from over, as the Bison never gave up and battled back to bring the score within three, 23-20, after a Peters basket at the 6:38 mark.

The loss snaps a five-game home winning streak for the Bison while Lancaster Bible has won its last eight games.

The Bison will host Penn St.-Berks (1-14, 1-10 NEAC) tomorrow (Sunday, Feb. 1) at 1 p.m. The Bison have defeated the Nittany Lions in six of the last eight meetings since Gallaudet joined the NEAC in during the 2010-11 season.