Defense carries women’s basketball to victory over Saint Elizabeth

Defense carries women’s basketball to victory over Saint Elizabeth

BRYN ATHYN, Pa. – The Bryn Athyn College women's basketball team turned in its best defensive performance of the season as the Lions were victorious in their home opener 44-35 against North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) opponent College of Saint Elizabeth Wednesday night in Asplundh Field House.

The 35 points allowed are tied for the fifth fewest surrendered by the Lions (2-5, 1-1 NEAC) in program history. The last time Bryn Athyn gave up fewer than 35 points was Jan. 27, 2014 in an 84-34 home win over Cairn.

Bryn Athyn forced Saint Elizabeth (2-5, 0-3 NEAC) to shoot 12.3 percent (8-of-65) from the field. The Eagles were held without a basket during the first and fourth quarters.

It is the lowest shooting percentage by an opponent the eight baskets are the second-fewest allowed in program history. The Lions surrendered a program low six baskets on 44 attempts in a 67-23 win over the College of Notre Dame on Dec. 17, 2013.

Led by a career-high 19 rebounds by Clayshonia Cogmon, Bryn Athyn grabbed a season-high 55 rebounds and outrebounded Saint Elizabeth by six.

On the offensive side, Allie Warren was Bryn Athyn's top scorer with 12 points on 4-of-9 shooting, 3-of-5 from 3-point range. She also had 10 rebounds for her second double-double of the year. Anja Weisser came off-the-bench to score a career-high 10 points.

Thanks to a 0-for-12 shooting performance in the first quarter by the Eagles, the Lions sprinted out to a 16-3 lead after 10 minutes of play. Shaneika Smith extended the advantage to 22-8 at the 1:12 mark of the second quarter with a putback of her own miss for two of her game total eight points.

Bryn Athyn started the third quarter with a 5-1 spurt, capped off by a Zeniyah Sanders basket at the 6:02 mark, which allowed the Lions to take a game-high 29-11 lead. Saint Elizabeth put together a late third-quarter rally and closed the gap to just six points. Once again, the Lions' defense came through in the final quarter as they didn't allow an Eagle basket despite 13 attempts to hold on for the win.

Deja Ingram paced Saint Elizabeth and a game-high 19 points and a team-best 15 rebounds. Kamille Jacobs contributed 12 points.

Bryn Athyn returns to Asplundh Field House to host Gallaudet in a NEAC contest on Saturday, Dec. 6 at 3 p.m.