WASHINGTON - The Gallaudet University women's basketball team played even for three of the four quarters here Saturday as the Bison lost their season opener to Oberlin College, 74-60, before a crowd of 179 at the Field House.
Gallaudet (0-1) was outscored 25-8 in the decisive second quarter after leading Oberlin by three, 13-10, after the first quarter. NCAA women's basketball switched to four 10-minute quarters this season for all divisions.
Oberlin (4-2) made 11 of 16 shots in the second quarter including three 3-pointers from Caroline Hamilton, who netted 11 of her team-high 23 points. The Yeowomen took a 35-21 lead into halftime.
Gallaudet senior guard Zamica Gage (Washington, D.C.) had a career game as she poured in 35 points as she made 16 of 25 shots and grabbed nine rebounds, made seven steals and three assists in 39 minutes played. Gage scored 21 of her 35 in the second half as she made 10 of 14 shots from the field.
Oberlin's largest lead was 20 points midway through the third quarter before GU chipped away at the margin. The Yeowomen had three players in double figures led by Hamilton and Olivia Canning's 16 points and Lindsey Bernhardt added 11.
The Bison started the game strong as they controlled the first quarter. Gallaudet scored the game's first four points and led by as much as seven, 13-6, with 2:21 left in the opening quarter.
Sophomore Sabina Shysh (Tucson, Ariz.) scored six of her 10 points in the first half as she grabbed five rebounds and made three steals in the loss.
- Senior guard Danielle Warren (San Jose, Calif.) added eight points, three rebounds, three assists and three steals
- GU edged Oberlin in steals, 13-11
- Oberlin made an assist on 26 of its 30 shots
- The Yeowomen held a 34-26 advantage in the paint
- Gallaudet scored 19 points off 26 Oberlin turnovers
- Freshmen Lawjen Ashmore (Fairbanks, Alaska) and Kelli Barnes (Hope Mills, N.C.) added four and three points to complete GU's scoring
- The Bison scored 10 points on fast breaks
Gallaudet is off one week before beginning conference play on Saturday, Dec. 5, at College of St. Elizabeth for a 2 p.m. North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) game.