BRYN ATHYN, Pa. – The Bryn Athyn College women's basketball team returns to action after an 18-day layoff with its first game of 2018 against Penn State Brandywine on Friday, Jan. 5 at 7 p.m. in Asplundh Field House
LAST TIME OUT
The Lions won back-to-back games for the first time this season thanks to a 59-54 win at Keystone on Dec. 17 to improve to 4-7 overall.
Zeniyah Sanders added eight points, 10 rebounds, and five blocked shots.
The Lions grabbed 52 rebounds and committed just 18 turnovers. It was the fourth time this season that the Lions had at least 50 rebounds and the third instance in which the team had fewer than 20 turnovers.
Penn State Brandywine was defeated by Widener, 74-38, on Jan. 3 to fall to 6-5. Brandi James was the Nittany Lions' top scorer with 11 points. Penn State Brandywine struggled shooting the ball, making a season-low 26.9 percent (14-of-52) of its shots.
SCOUTING BRYN ATHYN
Bryn Athyn will be at home for the fourth time this season after playing eight of its first 11 games away from Asplundh Field House. The Lions are 2-1 at home and are scoring 54.7 points per game, a shade over seven points better than their season average. Bryn Athyn is shooting 33.3 percent from the field and 43.8 percent from 3-point range. On the defensive side, the Lions are holding opponents to 45.6 points and recording 14.0 steals at home.
The Lions are ranked third in the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) in points per game allowed (59.4) and opponent field goal percentage (34.4 percent), fourth in rebounds (44.9 per game), and fifth in rebounding margin (+1.8).
Allie Warren is leading the Lions' offense with 12.3 points per game. She is one of the best 3-point shooters in the conference, making 30 triples and shooting 37.5 percent from behind the arc. She is third in made 3-pointers and ninth in 3-point shooting. Warren has made multiple 3-pointers in eight straight games.
After posting double-digit scoring outputs in wins over Bryn Mawr and Keystone, Shaneika Smith has raised her season average to 10.3 points per game. She is tied with Sha'Vion Woodland for the team lead in assists with 19.
Clayshonia Cogmon sits second in the NEAC with 12.3 rebounds per game. She reached double-digit rebounds in seven of her 10 games. Zeniyah Sanders is also an inside threat for the Lions, ranking third in the conference in blocks (24) and ninth in rebounds per game (9.0). Sanders has blocked a shot in 10 games and at least 10 rebounds in six contests.
SCOUTING PENN STATE BRANDYWINE
Penn State Brandywine had won four straight games before suffering consecutive road losses to Eastern (56-53) and Widener (74-38). The back-to-back losses dropped the Nittany Lions' record away from home to 3-4.
The Nittany Lions are averaging 67.2 points in their wins and just 58.6 points in their losses.
Nikki Velez—who was held to a season-low three points against Widener–leads the offense with 15.4 points per game and is averaging 2.9 3-pointers per game on 37.6 percent shooting. Brandi James is adding 12.2 points per game a team-best 8.3 rebounds per game.
The Nittany Lion defense is holding opponents to 59.3 points per game on 33.2 percent shooting overall, 22.9 percent from 3-point range.
Bryn Athyn and Penn State Brandywine will square off for the third time, second this season. The Lions fell to 0-2 all-time against Penn State Brandywine after a 64-41 loss on Nov. 19 at Neumann University.
Velez led all scorers with 15 points, while James had 12 points, nine rebounds, and four steals. Cogmon paced Bryn Athyn with 11 points, nine rebounds, and three steals. Sanders added seven points and 12 rebounds.