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Women's basketball to battle Penn State Abington Wednesday night

Women's basketball to battle Penn State Abington Wednesday night

BRYN ATHYN, Pa – The Bryn Athyn College women's basketball team will look for back-to-back victories when the Lions take on North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) foe Penn State Abington Wednesday night at 8 p.m. in Asplundh Field House.

Morgan Phillips scored a career-high 15 points and grabbed seven rebounds to lead the Lions (5-10, 2-4 NEAC) to a 62-54 victory over SUNY Cobleskill on Jan. 14 in Asplundh Field House. Bryn Athyn ended the game on an 11-3 run in the final 3:31 to break a 51-all tie.

Allie Warren poured in 10 points. Zeniyah Sanders contributed nine points and a game-high 12 rebounds.

Penn State Abington (8-6, 3-3 NEAC) couldn't overcome a slow start, trailing 38-25 at the half, in a 64-53 home loss to Wells last Sunday. Shayna Rodriguez had a team-high 18 points. Symantha Marrero added 17 points, while Grace Dewey posted 10 points and 14 rebounds.

Penn State Abington leveled the all-time series at 4-4 after defeating Bryn Athyn 68-48 on Jan. 10 in Abington.

Shaneika Smith was the Lions' leading scorer with 15 points and Sanders led the rebounding effort with 11 boards.

Marrero had a game-high 23 points for Penn State Abington. Rodriguez racked up 22 points and 10 rebounds.

The Nittany Lions shot 23-of-30 from the free throw line, while the Lions were only 8-of-13.

Bryn Athyn is one of the best defensive teams in the league, ranking second in scoring defense (59.9 points per game allowed), opponent field goal percentage (34.2 percent), and rebounding (45.3 per game); third in opponent 3-point shooting (26.4 percent); and fifth in blocked shots (3.4 per game).

Warren leads the Bryn Athyn offensive effort with 11.5 points per game, which is 24th in the NEAC. She is up to fifth in the conference with 38 made 3-pointers and sits 11th with a 3-point shooting percentage of 36.9 percent. Warren has made a 3-pointer in all 15 games this season.

A strong inside threat, Sanders is third in the league in blocked shots (31) and eighth in rebounding (9.4 per game). After her 12-rebound performance against SUNY Cobleskill, Sanders has eight games with at least 10 rebounds. During the month of January, Sanders is averaging 10.7 rebounds per game. She has blocked a shot in 12 of the 14 games in which she appeared.

Clayshonia Cogmon sits fourth in the NEAC in rebounding with 11.1 per game. Cogmon has 81 offensive rebounds to rank third in the league. She has 74 defensive rebounds and is third with 155 total rebounds.

Shaneika Smith is the team's second-leading scorer with 10.8 points per game. Myah Phillips has averaged 6.5 points per game this month.

Last weekend, Penn State Abington scored 55 and 53 points in losses to Keuka and Wells, respectively, to fall to 0-5 when scoring fewer than 60 points. The Nittany Lions are still ranked fifth in the NEAC in scoring with 66.1 points per game.

Rodriguez is the leading scorer in the NEAC at 21.9 points per game. She has scored at least 20 points nine times. Rodriguez is also ranked second in made baskets (117) and steals (51), third in assists (66), fifth in made free throws (57), eighth in free throw percentage (79.2 percentage) and assist-to-turnover ratio (1.2), and 11th in shooting (43.3 percent).

Marrero sits sixth in the NEAC with 34 made 3-pointers and seventh with a 3-point shooting percentage of 39.1. She is averaging 14.1 points per game, which is 15th in the NEAC.

Dewey has blocked 37 shots this season and averaged 10.0 rebounds per game, which are second and fifth, respectively, in the league. She has grabbed at least 10 rebounds in six of the last eight games. Dewey blocked two or more shots eight times.