MARCY N.Y. - The Gallaudet University women's basketball team fell to the top team in the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) North Division here Sunday as the host Wildcats defeated the Bison, 80-71.
The Bison (8-13, 6-7 NEAC) went back-and-forth with SUNY Poly (15-6, 11-1 NEAC) for the lead in the first quarter as GU grabbed the lead twice. The Wildcats led 13-12 after the first 10 minutes of play. SUNY Poly used multiple runs in the second and third quarters to distance itself from Gallaudet.
The Wildcats, who led 33-25 at the half, gained their largest lead of the game in the third quarter by 13 points, 38-25, at the 9:21 mark.
Junior guard/forward Hannah Neild (Litchfield, N.H.) scored a game-high 34 points, six rebounds and three steals. Junior guard Sabina Shysh (Tucson, Ariz.) followed up with 16 points, six rebounds and three steals. Senior forward Kelsey Hudson (Blissfield, Mich.) continues to dominate the boards as she grabbed a game-high 18. Freshman guard Emelia Beldon (Frederick, Md.) recorded nine points, passed out a game-high eight assists and five rebounds in the loss.
Wildcats forward Khristaijah Jackson tallied a double-double with 21 points and 10 rebounds. Guard Taylor Aybar (seven points) made a game-high six assists and complimented that with five steals, while guard Kiersten Leos matched Jackson with 21 points.
- GU outrebounded SUNY Poly 51-38
- SUNY Poly outscored GU for points in the paint, 36-26
- GU scored 18 points off 20 turnovers made by the Wildcats
- The game featured six lead changes and four ties
- Neither team scored for the first three minutes and 30 seconds of the game
GU will host Bryn Athyn College (6-16, 3-10 NEAC) this Wednesday, Feb. 7, at 7 p.m. in the Field House on Padden Court. The Bison will be wearing pink to show their support for breast cancer awareness. Fans are encourage to wear pink as well to show their support.