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Strong start not enough on the road for Bison against Southern Virginia

Gallaudet women's basketball player Rajena Guettler holds an orange basketball with two hands.

BUENA VISTA, Va. - The Gallaudet University women's basketball team began the New Year here Tuesday afternoon against a deep Southern Virginia University squad. The Bison (2-7) jumped out to an early lead but fell, 71-49, at Knight Arena as SVU (12-2) won its fifth straight game. 

Gallaudet scored the game's first four points and led 10-2 five minutes in. The Bison doubled up the Knights, 16-8, and took an 18-13 lead into the second quarter. Southern Virginia went on a 16-3 run in the second quarter to take the lead and head into the locker room up, 31-26, at the half.

The Knights picked up where they left off and scored the first six points of the third quarter. Over the course of the final six minutes of the quarter, each team scored 10 points each.

SVU pulled away in the fourth as it outscored the Bison, 24-13. 

GU was led offensively by freshman forward Cassidy Perry (Frederick, Md.) and junior Emelia Beldon (Frederick, Md.) as the duo scored 14 and 13 points, respectively. Perry grabbed a game-high eight rebounds while Beldon passed out six assists and made two steals. Freshman Rajena Guettler (Frederick, Md.) added seven points and six rebounds in the loss.

Southern Virginia played 16 players as Katie Garrish led the Knights with 12 points, four rebounds, three blocks, two steals and one assist.


  • GU scored 22 points in the paint
  • The Bison netted 10 points off 19 turnovers by the Knights
  • Southern Virginia held a 44-36 edge in rebounds
  • GU scored 14 second-chance points off 15 offensive rebounds
  • SVU shot 51.6 percent from the field (32 of 62)

Gallaudet will return home and host a North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) weekend as Wells College and Keuka College travel to the nation's capital. The Bison (0-1 NEAC) will face Wells (0-10, 0-1 NEAC) on Saturday, Jan. 11, at 3 p.m.