WASHINGTON, D.C. – An already successful weekend became even better for the Gallaudet University women's basketball team as they defeated Penn. St.-Abington 63-41 on Sunday in the final home game of the season at the Field House. The win comes a day after the Bison upset College of St. Elizabeth, the second-place team in the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC).
The win gives Gallaudet (7-15, 5-11 NEAC South Division) its second two-game winning streak of the season as the Bison have won three of their past five games.
Gallaudet was led in scoring by sophomore guard Stephanie Weiss (Wellington, Fla.) who had a game-high 17 points and was a perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line. Weiss also collected three rebounds and added two steals and an assist. Sophomore guard Britny Latham (Cleveland, Tenn.) was also a key contributor off the bench as she added four three-pointers and totaled 12 points. Freshman forward Arlene Ngalle (Washington, D.C.) led the team with eight rebounds. Gallaudet's bench outscored Penn. St.-Abington's bench 33-7.
After trailing 6-0 early, Gallaudet went on an 8-2 run fueled by two Latham three-pointers to tie the game at eight. Gallaudet took its first lead of the game when Latham buried another three-pointer to put Gallaudet ahead 19-18 with 7:08 left in the first half. Gallaudet pulled away late in the first half as it used a 10-3 run to take a 31-22 lead into halftime.
The Bison carried the momentum into the second half as they made shots and kept Penn. St.-Abington (0-21, 0-15 NEAC South) at a distance. Gallaudet utilized a 11-0 second half run highlighted by Weiss, who tallied five points during the stretch, as she finished with 11 points in the second frame.
Penn. St.-Abington was led by freshman center Jessica Schmidt who tallied 10 points and 13 rebounds to give her a double-double. Junior guard Trish Watson scored with 10 points and hauled in three rebounds. Sophomore forward Jacyln Vandiver just missed a double-double as she finished with nine points and nine rebounds.
Gallaudet will finish the season on the road at Wilson College on Wednesday, Feb. 15 and will play at Penn. St-Berks on Sunday, Feb. 19.