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Rally comes up short for Lions in 53-50 loss at Wesley

Rally comes up short for Lions in 53-50 loss at Wesley

DOVER, Del. – A fourth-quarter rally by the Bryn Athyn College women's basketball team came up just short as the Lions suffered a 53-50 non-conference loss to Wesley College in their final game in 2018 Saturday afternoon.

Bryn Athyn went into the final quarter facing a 44-38 deficit. Led by a pair of Allie Warren 3-pointers in the opening 4:39 of the fourth quarter, the Lions went on an 8-2 surge to level the score at 46 on Warren's second 3-pointer.

After the teams traded baskets to make the score 48-48, the Wolverines (3-6) scored on consecutive trips down the floor to open up a 52-48 advantage with 2:14 remaining. Lauren Beck brought Lions within one possession (52-50) with a basket at the 39-second mark.

The Lions ended up with one final possession to go for overtime after Stacey O'Neal went for 1-for-2 at the free throw line to extend the gap to 53-50. On Bryn Athyn's final possession, Warren's game-tying three-point attempt missed the mark.

Neither team was able to establish control of the game in a low-scoring first quarter that featured three lead changes, three ties, and ended 8-8.

Wesley appeared to start to pull away from Bryn Athyn thanks to an 11-2 run to start the second quarter and take a 19-10 lead. With the gap sitting at 21-12, Warren—Bryn Athyn's leading scorer with 20 points—scored eight points during a 12-2 run, including the go-ahead 3-pointer, that gave the Lions a 24-23 lead with 1:07 left in the half. The Wolverines ran off the final four points of the half to lead 27-24 at the break.

In the third quarter, Wesley opened up a nine-point lead (36-27) before Bryn Athyn fought back to close the gap to four (38-34) on a Warren triple.

Beck ended the game with 10 points and a career-high 20 rebounds. It was the first 20-rebound game for a Lion player since Kristina Clark hauled in 20 boards against the College of Saint Elizabeth on February 21, 2017.

Clayshonia Cogmon added 11 points.

Wesley was led by Shelby Johnson's 26 points and 12 rebounds. O'Neal had 13 points, while Monshea Newsome-Murray tallied 12 assists.

Bryn Athyn (0-10) is off until the New Year when they travel to Penn State Brandywine on