WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. - Gallaudet University closed out its most successful women's basketball regular season under the direction of Coach Stephanie Stevens, here Saturday, as the Bison rolled to a 98-71 victory over Penn College in a North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) game.
Gallaudet (16-9, 13-3 NEAC) locks up the NEAC South Division and will receive a first round bye in this week's NEAC tournament. The 16 wins are the most by a Bison squad in the past seven years with Coach Stevens at the helm.
The Bison, who are averaging 80.3 points per game and are ranked in the Top 10 in NCAA Division III for scoring offense, reached 90 points for the eighth time this season.
Senior guard/forward Hannah Neild (Litchfield, N.H.), one of the top five scorers in Division III, tallied 35 points as she made 12 of 19 shots from the floor and was a perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line. She added 11 rebounds for her 10th double-double and passed out six assists, two steals and one block.
Senior guard Sabina Shysh (Tucson, Ariz.) and sophomore guard Emelia Beldon (Frederick, Md.) scored 20 points each. Shysh ripped down seven boards while Beldon passed out nine assists, made six steals and grabbed five rebounds. Junior guard Kendall Hudson (Blissfield, Mich.) added 13 points, six rebounds, five assists and five steals.
Penn College (1-24, 0-16 NEAC) had four different players in double figures led by forward Tori Wolfe's 17 points, six rebounds, four steals, three blocks and two assists.
- Senior forward Kelli Barnes (Cliffside, N.C.) grabbed seven rebounds
- Neild has scored 30+ points in six games this season
- Gallaudet scored 46 points in the paint
- The Bison recorded 31 points off 26 turnovers
- GU has won three straight
- Gallaudet went 8-2 at home this season and 7-7 on the road
Gallaudet is the top seed in the NEAC South and will find out its NEAC tournament semifinal opponent after Tuesday evening's first round games. The four remaining teams will be reseeded to determine semifinal matchups. Keuka College will host the NEAC Women's Basketball Final Four scheduled for Feb. 23-24.