BRYN ATHYN, Pa. – Zaniyah Sanders continued her strong of run of play as she recorded 20 points, 11 rebounds, six steals, and five blocked shots for the Bryn Athyn College women's basketball team in a 55-51 Senior Day loss to North Eastern Athletic Conference opponent Penn State Berks Saturday afternoon in Asplundh Field House.
Before the game got underway, the women's basketball team honored Sanders and manager Teri Roberts in a Senior Day ceremony.
The game was ultimately decided in the third quarter as Penn State Berks (9-10, 6-8 NEAC) outscored Bryn Athyn 15-5 to open up a 45-35 lead. After Sanders made Bryn Athyn's only basket of the quarter, a jumper at the 7:32 mark, to pull the Lions within 33-32, Berks went on a 12-1 run to take a 45-33 lead. Sanders closed the gap to 10 with two successful free throw attempts with 27 seconds left.
The Nittany Lions shot 35.3 percent (6-of-17) in those 10 minutes, while the Lions shot 8.3 percent (1-of-12).
The Lions put their shooting woes behind them in the fourth went on a 10-2 surge midway through the quarter to cut the deficit to 47-45 on a pair of Cogmon free throws with 4:06 remaining. Warren led the run with four points.
With Berks sitting on a 52-49 lead with 23 seconds left, Deanna Daddona had a 1-for-2 trip to the free throw line to push the margin to four. After using a timeout and advancing the ball into the frontcourt, the Lions threw the inbounds pass away and Melissa Melissa would seal the game with two free throws to make the score 55-49.
Led by six points from Sanders and five more from Warren, Bryn Athyn opened up a 15-9 lead after the first quarter. The defense played a big role in getting Bryn Athyn the lead as Berks was held to 21.1 percent (4-of-19) shooting. The Lions also won the rebounding battle 17-11.
Berks came back to shoot 47.4 percent (9-of-19) in the second quarter as the Nittany Lions won a high-scoring 10 minutes 21-15 to send the teams to the locker room tied at the break.
Kylie Herman was Berks' leading scorer with 18 points and added seven rebounds, five assists, and three blocks. Jennifer Martin recorded 15 points, 13 rebounds, and six steals.
Bryn Athyn travels to Lancaster Bible College to close out the 2017-18 season on Saturday, Feb. 17 at 2 p.m.