BRYN ATHYN, Pa. – The fifth season of Bryn Athyn College women's basketball will get underway at Immaculata University on Wednesday, Nov. 15. The matchup is the first of 25 games that make up the 2017-18 schedule, which head coach Kayla Felty announced on Wednesday.
"With the loss of all five starters, including all-time leading scorer and rebounder Kristina Clark, we are looking to rebuild with a new group of young talent that is energized and motivated. We will look to improve each game and build chemistry as a team," said Felty. "I look forward to coaching and developing the new additions to our program. They are working hard every practice and, as a coaching staff, we are already impressed with the energy they bring to the court. We will face tough competition early in the season against non-conference opponents to help us prepare for the competitive conference games and our goal of making playoffs for the third consecutive season."
The Lions will be on the road a lot during their non-conference schedule, playing seven of their nine non-conference games away from the Asplundh Field House. Of the nine non-conference games, five feature opponents from the Colonial States Athletic Conference.
After opening the season on Nov. 15, Bryn Athyn travels to Neumann University to compete in the Neumann Tip-Off Tournament on the weekend of Nov. 18-19. The Lions start the weekend facing off against Misericordia and then will take on either Penn State Brandywine or host Neumann 24 hours later. Bryn Athyn closes out November with visits to Rosemont on Nov. 25 and Clarks Summit on Nov. 30.
In December, Bryn Athyn plays three non-conference games. The Lions are on the road play Centenary on Dec. 11 and Keystone on Dec. 17. The Keystone game is Bryn Athyn's final game in 2017. In between the two road contests, Bryn Athyn welcomes Bryn Mawr to Asplundh Field House of its first non-conference home game on Dec. 13.
The Lions conclude non-conference play with their first game of 2018 against Penn State Brandywine on Jan. 5 in Asplundh Field House.
The other 16 games on the schedule are against the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC). In conference play—which begins on Dec. 2 at Wilson College—the Lions will play the other southern division schools—Wilson, College of Saint Elizabeth, Gallaudet, Penn State Abington, Penn State Berks, and Lancaster Bible—in a home-and-home series and four schools from the northern division once. The four northern division schools on the Lions' schedule are SUNY Poly (Jan. 13), SUNY Cobleskill (Jan. 14), Penn College (Feb. 3), and Keuka (Feb. 4).
The 2017-18 regular season concludes on Feb. 17 at Lancaster Bible.
2017-18 Regular Season Opponent Notes
Immaculata: November 15 – Alumnae Hall
2017-18 season opener…Bryn Athyn won the only meeting between the teams on Nov. 19, 2016, at Muhlenberg
Misericordia: November 18 – The Mirenda Center (Neumann University)
First meeting between Bryn Athyn and Misericordia
Penn State Brandywine or Neumann: Nov. 19 - The Mirenda Center (Neumann University)
Last played Penn State Brandywine on Jan. 9, 2014—a 76-60 loss….Would be the first-ever meeting against Neumann
Rosemont: Nov. 25 – Alumnae Hall
First time playing Rosemont
Clarks Summit: Nov. 30 – Huckaby Gymnasium
First time facing Clarks Summit
Wilson: December 2 – Nelson Gymnasium, January 31 – Asplundh Field House
NEAC opener…The Lions are a perfect 7-0 against the Phoenix…Bryn Athyn has an average winning margin of 29.5 points per game.
College of Saint Elizabeth: December 6 – Asplundh Field House, January 24 – Saint Joseph Hall
Bryn Athyn is 3-5 all-time against the College of Saint Elizabeth…The Lions were eliminated by the Eagles in last season's NEAC Tournament…Bryn Athyn is 2-2 against Saint Elizabeth in Asplundh Field House.
Gallaudet: December 9 – Asplundh Field House, February 7 –The Field House
The Lions swept the season against the Bison for the first time….Bryn Athyn has a 3-5 record against the Bison…The Lions have a 2-1 home record.
Centenary: December 11 – John M. Reeves Student Recreation Center
Bryn Athyn and Centenary have met once, a 67-62 win for the Cyclones on Nov. 18, 2013
Bryn Mawr: December 13 – Asplundh Field House
The first meeting between the teams since Jan. 22, 2014, a 65-29 win at Bryn Mawr
Keystone: December 17 – Gambal Athletic Center
The Lions defeated the Giants in their first-ever meeting on Jan. 30, 2017 by a 51-44 score in Asplundh Field House
Penn State Brandywine: January 5 – Asplundh Field House
The Nittany Lions won the Penn State University Athletic Conference and the United State Collegiate Athletic Association Division II title last season
Penn State Abington: January 10 – Athletic Building, January 17 – Asplundh Field House
The Lions lead the all-time series 4-3…Last season, Bryn Athyn swept the regular season series for the first time…The Lions are 3-1 against the Nittany Lions in Asplundh Field House
SUNY Poly: January 13 – Asplundh Field House
The Wildcats are the defending NEAC champion…Bryn Athyn is 0-3 against SUNY Poly…The last meeting at SUNY Poly was Feb. 7, 2016
SUNY Cobleskill: January 14 – Asplundh Field House
Bryn Athyn is 4-0 against SUNY Cobleskill…The Lions' largest margin of victory is 10, a 67-57 win on Feb. 6, 2016 in Cobleskill
Lancaster Bible: January 20 – Asplundh Field House, February 17 – Horst Athletic Center
Bryn Athyn snapped a five-game losing streak to Lancaster Bible with an 81-71 victory in Lancaster on Feb. 14, 2017…The win also snapped Lancaster Bible's 46-game home winning streak against NEAC competition.
Penn State Berks: January 27 – Beaver Community Center, February 10 – Asplundh Field House
The Lions are 7-0 against Penn State Berks…Bryn Athyn's margin of victory in the series with 16.0 points per game
Penn College: February 3 – Lewis H. Bardo Gymnasium
Bryn Athyn leads the all-time series 4-2…After dropping the first two games, the Lions have won the last four…Penn College's last win in the series came on Feb. 21, 2015
Keuka: February 4 – KC Gymnasium
Bryn Athyn is 2-1 against Keuka…The Lions have won the last two meetings by a combined total of nine points…Bryn Athyn won the only game played at Keuka, 52-49 on Jan. 17, 2016