(Washington, D.C.)─ The Wells College women's basketball team had their inaugural season come to an end Sunday afternoon as the Express fell to the Gallaudet University Bison (23-2, 20-2 NEAC) 73-54. With the victory the Bison clinched the top spot in the NEAC and the No. 1 seed for the conference tournament which will be played on the campus of Gallaudet.
After falling behind 2-0 early in the contest, Gallaudet rebounded in ferocious fashion; they regained the lead one minute and 32 seconds into the first half and kept it for the remainder of the game. At halftime GU led by 15, having racked up 38 points on 57.1 percent shooting from the field. For the game, the Bison held a 25 to six advantage in points off turnovers, held a 17 to six advantage in bench points and outscored the Express by 36-24 in points in the paint.
Nukeitra Hayes and Easter Faafiti powered the Bison to victory with a combined shooting percentage of 73 percent from the field. Hayes had 14 points, eight rebounds and two blocks. Faafiti scored 20 points for the game, had four assists and grabbed four rebounds – a season low. Individually, it was a bittersweet performance for Faafiti who netted her 1,000th career point on a tough layup from underneath the basket with 5:20 remaining in the first half, though as she saw her consecutive double-double streak end at 17 games.
For the Express (4-21, 4-18 NEAC), freshman guard Ashley Roser stole the show with 29 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks. Roser finishes the year with 21 double-doubles and leads the NEAC in scoring with 21.6 points per game. Roser is also tied with Faafiti for the NEAC lead in rebounding at 13.8 per game.