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Women's basketball to play Saint Elizabeth in home opener on Wednesday

Women's basketball to play Saint Elizabeth in home opener on Wednesday

BRYN ATHYN, Pa. – After playing its first six games of the season on the road, the Bryn Athyn College women's basketball team will finally play its home opener against the College of Saint Elizabeth in a North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) game on Wednesday, Dec. 6 at 8 p.m. in Asplundh Field House.

Bryn Athyn (1-5, 0-1 NEAC) opened NEAC play with a 74-65 loss to Wilson College on Dec. 2. Shaneika Smith scored a game- and career-high 24 points in 39 minutes of action. Her 24 points are the most scored by a Lion this season. Allie Warren knocked down a career-best five 3-pointers on her way to a career-high 21 points.

As a team, the Lions set season highs in points, field goal percentage (34.3 percent), made field goals (24), 3-point shooting (33.3 percent), made 3-pointers (6), made free throws (11), and steals (13).

Saint Elizabeth (2-4, 0-2 NEAC) snapped a four-game skid with a 57-54 road win at Berkeley College on Dec. 3. Deja Ingram recorded a game-high 27 points on 11-of-18 shooting, eight rebounds, four blocks, and three steals. Rakiyah Sellers added 11 points and seven steals.

The Lions are scoring 43.5 points per game and shooting 27.3 percent so far this season. Bryn Athyn is sitting second in the conference in blocks per game (4.2) and sixth in rebounding (43.7 per game) and rebounding margin (+0.5). The Lions are forcing teams to shoot 37.3 percent from the floor, which is fifth in the NEAC.

Bryn Athyn has outrebounded its opponent in three games: Immaculata (+15), Clarks Summit (+15), and Wilson (+3).

Through six games, the Lions have been led in scoring by five different players: Zeniyah Sanders (Immaculata), Janalene Phillips (Misericordia), Clayshonia Cogmon (PSU Brandywine and Clarks Summit), Allie Warren (Rosemont and Clarks Summit), and Shaneika Smith (Wilson).

After her breakout performance as Wilson, Smith has moved into the team lead in scoring with 11.5 points per game. Warren increased her scoring average to 10.3 ppg after going for double figures in her last three games. She is ranked ninth in the NEAC with 14 made 3-pointers.

Sanders has been a force in the paint for the Lions as she leads the conference with 15 blocked shots and sits seventh with 9.3 rebounds per game. Cogmon is leading the conference in offensive rebounds (38), second in rebounds per game (12.2), and third in total rebounds (73).

Saint Elizabeth comes into Wednesday's game putting up 55.0 points per game on 34.5 percent shooting. The Eagles are 2-0 when scoring at least 57 points and 0-4 when they hit 56 or under. Saint Elizabeth is shooting 44.3 percent in its two wins and just 29.7 percent in the four losses.

Deja Ingram, the reigning NEAC player of the week, is one of the top players in the NEAC as she sits in the top five in points and rebounding. The Eagles' leading scorer in each of the six games, Ingram is fourth in the NEAC with 19.2 points per game. She is also fourth in rebounds per game (10.0) and offensive rebounds (29). Ingram has 12 blocks, while is third in the conference.

Kamille Jacobs is the conference's fourth-best free throw shooter at 86.7 percent. Jacobs is very good at taking care of the basketball, sitting eighth with 22 assists and ninth with a 1.2 assist-to-turnover ratio.

Bryn Athyn and Saint Elizabeth will meet for the ninth time on Wednesday. The Lions are 3-5 all-time against the Lions, but are 2-2 in Asplundh Field House. Last season, the Eagles swept the season series, 2-0.