BRYN ATHYN, Pa. – The Bryn Athyn College women's basketball team will look to go 2-0 at home when the Lions welcome Gallaudet to Asplundh Field House for a North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) contest Saturday at 3 p.m.
LAST TIME OUT
The Lions turned one of the best defensive performances in program history to defeat the College of Saint Elizabeth on Wednedsay night, 44-35, and improve to 2-5 overall and 1-1 in the NEAC. Bryn Athyn forced Saint Elizabeth to shoot just 12.3 percent (8-of-65) from the floor, the lowest shooting percentage by an opponent in the Lions' five-year history. The 35 points allowed are the fifth fewest allowed by Bryn Athyn in program history.
Gallaudet got back in the win column with a 67-51 victory over Hollins on Thursday to get back to one-game under .500 at 4-5. Hannah Heild shot 7-of-11 from the field to lead three Bison in double figures with 19 points. Emelia Beldon added 17 points, while Sabina Shush had 13 points.
SCOUTING THE LIONS
Defense has played a big role in both of Bryn Athyn's victories so far this season. In the two wins, the Lions are surrendering just 40.0 points per game and holding opponents to 18.8 percent shooting, 20.0 percent from 3-point range. Bryn Athyn is outrebounding opponents 54.0 to 45.5.
Allie Warren—the team's leading scorer in both wins—is putting up 13.5 points and 11.0 rebounds in the two wins. Cogmon has 9.5 points and 18.5 rebounds.
In NEAC play, Bryn Athyn is leading the conference in opponent field goal percentage (25.8 percent) and rebounding (48.5 per game), and third in scoring defense (54.5 points per game).
Bryn Athyn is being led in scoring by Shaneika Smith and her 10.8 points per game. Warren has 10.6 points per game and is 10th in the NEAC in made 3-pointers (17) and 13th in 3-point shooting percentage (34.7 percent).
Cogmon is the second-leading rebounder in the conference, averaging 13.1 boards per game. She is first in offensive rebounds (42) and sixth in defensive rebounds (50). She also has 16 steals, which is 19th in the conference.
Zeniyah Sanders is ranked second in the conference in blocks (17) and seventh in rebounding (8.7 per game).
Gallaudet has a 2-1 record away from home this season. The Bison are averaging 75.0 points and shooting 44.1 percent. For the season, Gallaudet is putting up 67.6 points per game and connecting on 38.7 percent of its shots.
The team leads in the conference in steals per game (16.3), assists per game (17.4), and offensive rebounds per game (18.1). The Bison are fourth in scoring, fifth in shooting (38.7 percent) and rebounds per game (44.4).
Hannah Neild is Gallaudet's top player. She is fourth in the conference in scoring with 20.0 points per game and leads the NEAC with 64 made baskets and 28 made 3-pointers. Neild is also third in steals (29), eighth in shooting (46.0 percent) and 3-point shooting (39.4 percent), ninth in blocks (7), and 13th in rebounding (7.8 per game).
Jakkisha Smith—who hasn't played in the Bison's last two games—is contributing 13.7 points per game and 27 steals, which is sixth in the conference. Sabina Shysh leads the conference with 32 steals and has contributed 10.7 points per game.
Bryn Athyn and Gallaudet are squaring off for the ninth time on Saturday. The Lions are 3-5 all-time against the Bison, 2-1 in Asplundh Field House. Last season, Bryn Athyn swept the season series, 2-0, for the first time in program history.