BRYN ATHYN, Pa. – The Bryn Athyn College women's basketball team opens its 2017-18 campaign with a trip to Immaculata for a non-conference clash against the Mighty Macs.
SCOUTING THE LIONS
The Lions return three players from last year's 20-6 team that was the second seed in the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) southern division.
Allie Warren, one of four players to take the court in all 26 contests during the 2016-17 season, leads the list of returners. She averaged 8.2 points and 3.6 rebounds. Warren, a double-digit scorer in nine games, shot 30.0 percent from 3-point range
Fifth-year head coach Kayla Felty brought in seven new players—four transfers and three freshmen—to fill out the roster.
Alexis Bridges brings a familiarity with the NEAC after spending 2015-16 in the northern division with SUNY Poly. She played in 21 of the Wildcats' 29 games and racked up 1.1 points and 1.7 rebounds per game. Morgan Phillips played in 28 games over two seasons at Arcadia University. A season ago, she had 2.5 points per game.
Zeniyah Sanders and Shaneika Smith last played at the junior college level. Sanders was a two-year starter at Northampton Community College. In 2015-16, she led the team with 11.4 points per game, 7.6 rebounds per game, and 54 blocked shots. Smith, who last played in 2014-15, was a starter at North Country Community College. Smith led North Country with 11.8 points per game, 6.1 rebounds per game, and 81 assists.
Last season, Immaculata posted an 8-18 overall record and made Colonial States Athletic Conference Tournament.
The Mighty Macs bring back nine players from the playoff team, including three starters. Amber Ballinger recorded 9.5 points per game and 5.5 rebounds per game in 22 games, 20 starts. Gina Cocci started in 23 of the team's 26 games and contributed 5.5 points, 2.9 assists, and 1.8 rebounds per game. Annie Kohutka was a starter in 25 contests and averaged 6.0 points and 3.8 rebounds per game.
Bryn Athyn leads the all-time series with Immaculata, 1-0. The Lions defeated the Mighty Macs 75-40 on Nov. 19, 2016 at Muhlenberg.