ST. MARY'S CITY, Md. - Gallaudet University's women's basketball lead quickly vanished in the third quarter on the road here Saturday as the Bison lost to St. Mary's College of Maryland by two points, 72-70.
Gallaudet (5-4) took a 33-23 lead in to halftime and extended the margin to 42-28 at the 6:49 mark in the third quarter.
St. Mary's (2-6) went on a quick 17-0 run, in just under five minutes, to take a 45-42 lead as the Seahawks outscored the Bison 29-13 in the decisive third quarter.
The Seahawks took a 52-46 lead into the final 10 minutes of regulation. GU took its last lead on a made free throw by senior guard/forward Hannah Neild (Litchfield, N.H.) at the 7:43 mark as the Bison led 53-52.
The game remained close down the stretch but Gallaudet missed four field goals in the final minute.
Neild finished with a season-high 35 points as she made 11 of 24 shots and drained five 3-pointers. She completed the double-double with 13 rebounds (10 defensive), four assists, four steals and one block.
The Seahawks had four players in double figures led by forward Gina Seifert's double-double with 16 points, 15 rebounds and three blocks. Guard Katie Robey had her own double-double with 14 points, 11 rebounds and five assists.
- Senior guard Sabina Shysh (Tucson, Ariz.) was held to single digits this season as she scored seven
- Shysh grabbed nine defensive rebounds and passed out four assists
- SMCM held a 53-47 edge in rebounds
- GU led 14-7 after the first quarter
Gallaudet will next host The Catholic University of America (4-4) on Saturday, Dec. 15, at 4 p.m. in the Field House.