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Women's basketball readies for SUNY Poly and SUNY Cobleskill this weekend

Women's basketball readies for SUNY Poly and SUNY Cobleskill this weekend

BRYN ATHYN, Pa. – The Bryn Athyn College women's basketball team has the first of its two North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) crossover weekends against the northern division when the Lions host SUNY Poly on Saturday and SUNY Cobleskill on Sunday in Asplundh Field House.

Shaneika Smith recorded a team-high 15 points for the Lions in a 68-48 loss to Penn State Abington Wednesday night. Zeniyah Sanders added seven points and a game-high 11 rebounds. Bryn Athyn was within four points (42-38) with 4:27 left in the third quarter, but Penn State Abington ended the game on a 26-10 run.

Bryn Athyn goes into the weekend at 4-9 overall and 1-3 against the NEAC. The Lions are 2-2 in Asplundh Field House, 1-1 in conference play.

At home, the Lions are averaging 52.0 points per game, nearly five points better than their season average, and shooting 32.1 percent, three points above their season total.

Bryn Athyn is ranked second in the conference in scoring defense (59.3) and opponent field goal percentage (33.9 percent). Against the NEAC, the Lions are allowing opponents to shoot just 29.7 percent to rank first.

The Lions are being led by the combo of Allie Warren and Shaneika Smith, who are averaging 11.6 and 10.8 points per game, respectively. Warren has led the team in scoring five times, and Smith has paced the Lions three times. Warren—who has hit a 3-pointer in every game this season—is second in the NEAC in made 3-pointers (34) and 11th in 3-point shooting (37.0 percent). Smith has reached double figures in the last four games.

Despite being held to a season-low three rebounds, Clayshonia Cogmon is still third in the NEAC in rebounding with 11.3 per game. Cogmon has led the team in rebounding eight times.

After posting three more blocked shots last night, Zeniyah Sanders remains third in the league with 27 blocked shots. It was her fifth game with at least three blocks. Sanders also increased her rebounding average to 9.2 and moved up to eighth in the NEAC.

SUNY Poly (7-5) sits atop the northern division with a perfect 3-0 record after holding off SUNY Cobleskill 62-56 on Jan. 10 in Cobleskill, N.Y. Khristaijah Jackson led the Wildcats with 25 points and nine rebounds, while Kiersten Leos added 10 points. The Wildcat defense forced 30 turnovers.

SUNY Poly is one of the top shooting teams in the NEAC, leading the conference in made 3-pointers (6.9 per game), 3-pointers attempted (21.1 per game), free throw shooting (73.2 percent). The Wildcats are ranked third in shooting percentage (38.9 percent) and 3-point shooting (32.8 percent).

In games played away from home, the Wildcats are 3-3, averaging 63.5 points per game, and shooting 37.1 percent from the field.

Jackson is SUNY Poly's best player as she leads the team with 19.3 points per game and 8.0 rebounds per game. She sits second in the conference in made field goals (95), fourth in field goal shooting (53.4 percent) and blocks (21), fifth in scoring, and 10 in rebounding. In three NEAC games, Jackson is posting a conference-best 22.7 points per game and 9.0 rebounds per game.

Kiersten Leos is adding 14.8 points per game and ranks fifth in the NEAC with 32 made 3-pointers. Leos also owns the NEAC's second-best free throw percentage of 83.3. She has scored at least 26 points in a game three times.

Taylor Aybar is fifth in the conference with 49 assists and 34 steals, both team highs. She has the conference's seventh-best assist-to-turnover ratio (1.2).

Bryn Athyn is 0-3 all-time against SUNY Poly, 0-2 in Asplundh Field House.

The Fighting Tigers dropped to 7-6 overall and 2-3 in the conference after Wednesday night's loss to SUNY Poly.  Sahliyah Graham and Addy Lawson both poured in 16 points and Stacey Sprague hauled in 13 rebounds.

Prior to Sunday's game against Bryn Athyn, SUNY Cobleskill will be playing at Wilson on Saturday.

SUNY Cobleskill is the NEAC's best rebounding team as the Fighting Tigers lead the conference in rebounds per game (47.2) and rebounding margin (+7.8). On the defensive end of the floor, the team is giving up 59.4 points per game, while allowing opponents to shoot 34.2 percent from the field, 25.4 percent from 3-point range—all are third in the conference.

Lawson does it all for the Fighting Tigers as she leads the team in scoring (19.4 points per game), made 3-pointers (29), assists (46), and steals (41). She is also second in rebounding (7.1). Lawson is ranked second in the NEAC in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.6), fourth in scoring and steals, fifth in 3-point shooting (39.2 percent) and made free throws (45), sixth in assists (46), and seventh in made 3-pointers.

Shaliyah Graham is adding 10.5 points per game, while DJ Miller-Peak leads the team in rebounding with 7.4 per game.

The Lions are a perfect 4-0 against the Fighting Tigers, winning by an average of 7.8 points.