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Women's basketball stumbles late in loss to Gallaudet

Women's basketball stumbles late in loss to Gallaudet

BRYN ATHYN, Pa. – The Bryn Athyn College women's basketball team suffered a 55-49 defeat to visiting Gallaudet University in a North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) contest Saturday afternoon in Asplundh Field House.

Zeniyah Sanders recorded 14 points, 11 rebounds, and three steals for the Lions (2-6, 1-2 NEAC). Allie Warren knocked down four of her six 3-point attempts to end the day with 14 points. Clayshonia Cogmon added seven points, 11 rebounds, and six steals.

Bryn Athyn (2-6, 1-2 NEAC) overcame a slow start to take a 14-11 lead when Warren capped a 12-5 run with a 3-pointer at the 1:58 mark. Warren finished the opening quarter with eight points. With 11 seconds left in the quarter and the scored tied at 16, Sanders made two free throws to put the Lions up 18-16, a lead Bryn Athyn would take into the second quarter.

The second quarter was all Bryn Athyn as the Lions won the quarter 16-10 to widen the gap to 34-26 at the break. Bryn Athyn's defense held Gallaudet to 2-of-13 shooting, 0-of-3 from 3-point range, and forced five Bison turnovers. On the offensive side, Sanders led the way with seven points, while Myah Phillips, Cogmon, and Warren each added three. The Lions took a game-high 14-point advantage when Cogmon went 1-for-2 at the free throw line with 5:09 left in the half.

Things began to unravel in the third quarter as Lions were outscored 10-3, shot just 1-of-9, and committed 14 turnovers as their lead was 37-36. Gallaudet turned the ball over 11 times, but shot 3-of-12 from the floor, including 2-of-5 from 3-point range.

After briefly losing the lead at the start of the fourth, Shaneika Smith and Cogmon made back-to-back baskets to allow Bryn Athyn to regain a three-point advantage (41-38) with 8:30 left. The Lions would then go on 4:30 scoreless draught that let Gallaudet move in front 44-41. Bryn Athyn closed the gap to one point twice, but the Bison closed out the game with a 9-1 run.

Hannah Neild was Gallaudet's top player with 19 points and seven rebounds. Emelia Beldon added 11 points.

Bryn Athyn finished the game shooting 30.4 percent (17-of-56), 5-of-10 from 3-point range, while Gallaudet shot at a 32.2 percent (19-of-59) clip. The Lions won the rebounding battle 43-41.

Bryn Athyn travels to Centenary (N.J.) for a non-conference showdown on Monday, Dec. 11 at 7 p.m.