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GU cruises past Penn St.-Berks as Bison turn focus towards NEAC tournament

GU cruises past Penn St.-Berks as Bison turn focus towards NEAC tournament

READING, Pa. – The Gallaudet University women's basketball team finished out its regular-season schedule with a 65-52 win Saturday over North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) rival Penn St.-Berks on the road. 

Gallaudet (14-10, 13-7 NEAC), the No. 3 seed in the NEAC South Division, advances to the NEAC tournament first round where the Bison will travel to Penn St.-Abington (19-5, 16-4 NEAC), the No. 2 seed, on Tuesday, Feb. 24, at 7 p.m. GU has now won four of its last five games. The Bison defeated Penn St.-Abington, 60-39, back on Jan. 28.

Gallaudet showed up ready on Saturday to bounce back against Penn St.-Berks (3-21, 3-17 NEAC) and redeem themselves after Friday night's loss. The Bison outplayed the Nittany Lions in every aspect of the game, taking the lead off the jump and never looked back. Senior Elena Ciccarelli (Whitesboro, N.Y.) made a foul shot as GU led 24-10 with 8:27 left in the half. Berks struggled to bridge the gap as it trailed 33-25 at halftime.

The second half was much like the first as the Bison shut down the Nittany Lions offense. GU scored the first 12 points in the second half before the Nittany Lions got on the scoreboard. The Bison led by as much as 25 points, 61-36, with 6:52 left in the game. 

Senior forward Lane Peters (Phoenix, Ariz.) led the Bison with a double-double as she scored 13 points and a game-high 19 rebounds to go with two assists, one block and a steal. Senior guard Alexa Justus (Forks, Wash.) kept pace with her teammate as she scored 13 points as she made three three-pointers, grabbed four rebounds, three assists and two steals. Ciccarelli was another force to reckon with under the net as she had 12 rebounds, seven points and a block. Junior guard Danielle Warren (San Jose, Calif.) reached double digits with 10 points, four rebounds, four assists, two steals and a block. 

The Bison bench scored 14 points, led by freshman guard Kori Koss (Green Bay, Wis.) with 11 points as she made 5 of 6 shots. GU controlled both ends of the court as the defense forced 21 turnovers and were able to score 20 points off those Nittany Lion turnovers. Though GU only shot 34.7 percent during the game, the Bison pulled in four times as many offensive rebounds than Berks, 24-6, and scored 19 second chance points. The Bison held a 50-32 edge in rebounds.

Shanelle Koch led the Nittany Lions with 17 points, six rebounds, five blocks and three assists while teammate Cassidy Schultz added 14 points, four assists and three rebounds.