The shorthanded Eagles dropped a heartbreaker, 63-60 to Gallaudet University on Tuesday night.
The Screaming Eagles got off to a quick start when Cheyenne Grant nailed back to back 3 pointers, to give the Eagles an early 9-6 lead. Stephanie Weiss kept the Bison in the game in the first half, knocking down two 3 pointers of her own, cutting CSE’s lead to 21-17. The Eagles continued to use a full court press in the first half, forcing 13 turnovers. Amerisse Rodgers gave the Eagles a 29-24 lead when she stole a pass and took it the distance for an easy layup. Kelly O’Dell continued to be a force down low, tallying 11 points and 5 rebounds in the first half. The Eagles capped off the first half, going on a 10-3 run to hold a 42-33 lead going into halftime.
The second half started off as a struggle for both teams as neither team scored in the first 3 minutes. Danesha Triplett broke the scoreless drought, making a basket in the paint to give the Eagles an 11 point lead. Despite the double digit lead, the Bison managed to cut the lead to 52-48 with 8:13 remaining in the game. With 5:32 remaining in the game, Triplett grabbed an offensive rebound and scored to give the Eagles a 56-50 lead. Rodgers knocked down a jumper with 2:30 remaining, to give the Eagles a 60-55 lead.
Gallaudet would not give up however, scoring a driving layup and cutting the lead to 3 with just over a minute remaining. With 27 seconds left, Lindsay Stergio made a driving layup and got fouled, completing the 3 point play and tying the score up at 60. Gallaudet’s Stephanie Weiss drove up the court with 3 seconds remaining, putting up desperation 3 that banked in as time expired, to give the Bison the 63-60 victory.
The Eagles dropped to 15-9 on the season. Danesha Triplett finished with another double-double, 12 points and 12 rebounds. Kelly O’Dell finished with 11 points, 8 assists, and 6 rebounds. The Eagles return to action on Senior Day on Saturday when they host Wells College at 1 P.M.