TOWSON, Md. — A team that Goucher clobbered by 27 points 365 days ago turned the tables on the Gophers this evening. Behind a 24-point, nine-rebound performance by Lindsay Sergio, Gallaudet handed head coach Didi Cotton's squad a 62-43 setback.
The Gophers (4-4) took their one and only lead of the contest 5:33 into the first half on a layup by Taje Burston (Springfield, Mass./Springfield Central) that snapped a 4-4 tie. After the score was deadlocked again at 6-6 and 8-8, the Bison (5-4) went ahead to stay on a free throw by Isabella Hasty with 12:17 remaining in the opening period.
The two teams were separated by only six points as the clock closed in on two minutes left to play before halftime, but Gallaudet tallied the final six points and departed the court at intermission leading 29-17.
The closest the Gophers ever managed to get at any point in the second half was 10 points and that was when their first possession of the period ended with a layup by India Perkins (Brentwood, Md./Bladensburg) that reduced their deficit to 29-19.
When the Gophers defeated the Bison, 62-35, in the Decker Sports & Recreation Center on December 15, 2012, 10 different players got into the scoring act for Gallaudet, but none produced more than six points. Just to show that turnabout is fair play, Sharnell Huff (Bowie, Md./Bowie) and Yael Pomper (Newton, Mass./Maimonides) shared scoring honors for Goucher in this evening's contest, but both were limited to eight points.
In matching their season-low for points in a game, the Gophers failed to make at least one 3-point field goal for the first time in 2013-14. They were 17-for-60 from the field (.283), including 0-for-7 from 3-point range.
Two other players scored in double figures for Gallaudet as Britny Latham contributed 13 points to the non-conference victory and Lane Peters delivered 10 points off the bench.
Goucher's next two games will be part of the team's first ever trip to Puerto Rico. The Gophers will take on Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras on December 20 and Puerto-Rico-Bayamon two days later.