Following the conclusion of the regular season in the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) games, Bryn Athyn College returns to the playoffs in quest of the NEAC championship. The Lions will host College of St.Elizabeth on Tuesday, February 21st, at 7:00 p.m.
Both teams split the season series as the Lions defeated the Eagles on Sunday December 4th, 2016 with the 67-51 victory. The Lions took advantage of the cold shooting from the Eagles (6-of-47, 12.7%) in the first half and allowed the Eagles to score eight points in the first and second quarter. The Lions were paced by Kristina Clark, Brittany Vick, Keana Schoennagle, and Samantha Hicks as the four players combined for 27 of the Lions 37 points in the first half while the Eagles had 16.
In the third quarter, the Lions continue to maintain a significant advantage and eventually took their largest lead of 24 points, 56-32, on a three pointer by Allison Warren with 0:31 left to play. In the fourth quarter, the Eagles put up a fight and came within 13 points on two occasions. The Lions were able to stay at a good distance to keep the visiting team from making a comeback in a 67-51 NEAC victory.
On Tuesday January 17th, 2017, the Eagles handed the Lions their second NEAC loss of the season with a 74-69 victory. In the first quarter, the Lions had an early lead, 6-3, on a back-to-back jumper from Schoennagle. The Eagles would respond with two lay ups to regain the lead, 7-6, before a basket by Amber Farnholtz gave the Lions a one point advantage, 8-7. The Eagles then close out the first period on a 13-2 run for the 20-10 upper hand.
The Lions outscored the Eagles 25-16 in the second quarter and was paced by Clark who was responsible for 14 of the 25 points. Despite the effort, the Lions would head into intermission trailing by a point, 36-35.
In the third quarter, the Lions regain the lead again, 39-38, on a layup from Je'la Watson. From there, the Lions stayed ahead of the Eagles majority of the way until the one minute mark. The Eagles then scored six points to close out the period with a 51-49 advantage.
Early in the fourth quarter, the Lions would find themselves behind by eight points, 59-51. The Lions would see the lead one last time, 62-61, on a 12-2 run from Warren and Schoennagle. With three minutes left in regulation, the Eagles would outscore the visiting team 14-9 and take the 74-69 triumph.
This will be the Lions' second trip to the NEAC playoffs and third meeting against the Eagles this season.