Union 66, Gallaudet 34

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SCHENECTADY, NY -- Jenni Barra scored 14 points and Nicole Conley added 13 with seven steals to lead the Union College women's basketball team to a 66-34 victory over Gallaudet University in the home opener at the Viniar Athletic Center Friday night. The Dutchwomen are now 2-0 while the Bison lost their season opener.

Barra made seven of eight free throws and Erin Lyons added nine points in the game in which all 16 players saw action. Abby Katz had seven points and Lyons and Rebecca Shamah pulled down five rebounds each. Katz added five steals and Barra added three assists. Union shot 57% in the first quarter and 46% for the game.

Jakkisha Smith led all players with 20 points for Gallaudet while posting a double-double with 10 rebounds. She joined Conley with seven steals. Tuesdae Dunklin had seven points and Kelsey Hudson had seven rebounds. Kelli Barnes and Lawjen Ashmore led the Bison had five rebounds each, as Gallaudet outrebounded Union, 41-36. The guests shot 26% for the game.

Union had a 21-11 lead after the first quarter and held the Bison to five points in the second quarter to take a 36-16 lead into the half. Union's largest lead in the half came when Lily Abarbanel made it 36-15 with 1:33 left on a jumper. The largest lead of the night was 34, when Juliauna Dunlop made a free throw with 4:18 remaining in the fourth quarter.

Union is home again tomorrow for a 6:30 p.m. contest against St. John Fisher. Gallaudet plays at Elmira Sunday at 2 p.m.