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Women's basketball heads to Penn State Abington Wednesday night for NEAC showdown

Women's basketball heads to Penn State Abington Wednesday night for NEAC showdown

BRYN ATHYN, Pa. – The Bryn Athyn College women's basketball will turn its attention to North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) play for the rest of the 2017-18 season starting Wednesday night with a trip to Penn State Abington for an 8 p.m. tip-off.

The Lions returned to action after an 18-day layoff with a 50-44 non-conference loss to Penn State Brandywine on Jan. 5 in Asplundh Field House. Shaneika Smith had 11 points and two rebounds in a reserve role. Allie Warren knocked down three 3-pointers to finish up with nine points. Clayshonia Cogmon added eight points, 10 rebounds, and three steals.

Bryn Athyn held Brandywine to 27.1 percent shooting and forced 22 turnovers.

Penn State Abington opened 2018 with a 69-65 victory at Clarks Summit on Jan. 2. Shayna Rodriguez led the way with 25 points. Brittany Keyes added 17 points, while Grace Dewey had 12 points and 11 rebounds.

Bryn Athyn goes into this contest as one of the best defensive teams in the conference, ranking second in the conference in scoring defense (58.6 points per game), opponent shooting percentage (33.8 percent), and opponent 3-point shooting percentage (25.9 percent). The Lions are fourth in the league in rebounding (44.8 per game).

The Lions are 2-6 away from Asplundh Field House this season. Allie Warren is averaging 11.1 points per game in those eight contests, while Shaneika Smith is adding 10.8 points per game.

Warren, who is posting 12.0 points per game for the season, is one of the NEAC's strongest 3-point shooter, ranking second with 33 made 3-pointers and ninth with a 37.5 3-point shooting percentage. She has made at least two 3-pointers in nine straight games. Warren is also 11th seven blocked shots.

Clayshonia Cogmon is second in the NEAC with 12.1 rebounds per game and had posted double-digit rebounds in seven of the last eight games. Cogmon had 28 steals, which is sixth in the conference. She has at least three steals in seven contests.

Zeniyah Sanders is contributing 24 blocked shots and 9.0 rebounds per game, which are third and ninth, respectively, in the NEAC. Sanders has blocked a shot in all but two games.

The Nittany Lions are the second-highest scoring team in the NEAC with 68.2 points per game. Abington is 7-1 when scoring 60 or more points and 0-3 when held to under 60 points.

The team is first in the conference in blocks per game (4.6), second in 3-point attempts (21.2) and rebounding (45.3 per game), third in made 3-pointers per game (6.6), and fourth in made field goals per game (25.2) and shooting percentage (38.0 percent).

Abington is 3-1 at home and putting up 61.0 points in those four games.

Shayna Rodriguez is one of the top players in the NEAC, leading the league with 22.5 points per game, 94 made baskets, 57 assists, and 47 steals. She is the third-best free throw shooter in the conference at 82.5 percent. Rodriguez has at least two steals in every game this season.

Grace Dewey is the Nittany Lions' threat in the post as she is giving the team a conference-high 36 blocked shots, 9.5 rebounds per game, which is sixth in the NEAC, and 6.7 points per game.

Symantha Marrero and Iman Richmond are averaging 13.2 and 11.2 points per game, respectively.

Bryn Athyn leads the all-time series against Penn State Abington 4-3. Last season, the Lions swept the season series for the first time with a 95-87 overtime win at home and an 82-71 victory at Abington. Last year's victory at Abington was the first time that Bryn Athyn defeated the Nittany Lions on their home floor. Abington won the first two meetings on its home floor