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Gallaudet University Bison Basketball

By Chris Fischer, staff writer

With the 2014 NCAA Basketball Tournament underway, references to “March Madness” and college basketball have taken over social media and advertising. Basketball is the highlight of this weekend and so, with that said, we would like to highlight the seasons of the Gallaudet University (a Washington D.C. university for the deaf and hard of hearing) Bison men’s and women’s basketball teams.

The women’s team enjoyed a solid season, posting a record of 15-12. They fell in the NEAC (North Eastern Athletic Conference) semi-final game against Lancaster Baptist College, which had a final score of 51-54. The Bison did well enough to finish in second place, just behind Lancaster Baptist College (record of 11-6), in their conference division.

Senior forward, Lindsey Stergio, one of the team’s leaders, was named to the All-NEAC First Team and women’s All-Atlantic region team. She was just one of two players from the NEAC to be honored by and joins Easter Faafiti as the only two Bison to earn All-Atlantic Region Team selections. Stergio rightfully earned this honor by averaging 18.7 points per game, 10.0 rebounds per game, 3.1 assists per game, and 1.2 steals per game.

Other significant players included Lane Peters and Isabella Hasty, who chipped in 10.6 and 10.2 points per game, respectively. Peters also led the team in rebounds per game with 10.6 rebounds per game.

The men’s team, however, did not enjoy the same success as the women’s team. The men’s team finished with a 6-19 record. The Bison struggled on the road, posting a 1-11 record away from the “Field House,” Gallaudet University’s athletics center. Nonetheless, there were some bright spots for this team.

Senior forward Orion Palmer was named to the All-NEAC Second Team and freshman Joshua McGriff was named to the All-NEAC Third Team. McGriff was also named NEAC Rookie of the Year.

Although the Bison men had a rough year, they played some very exciting games. For example, they played into quadruple overtime against Penn St.-Abington before, unfortunately, falling 94-84.

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