READING, Pa. – The Bryn Athyn College women's basketball team, led by a double-double from Zeniyah Sanders, put together its best offensive performance of the season, but it wasn't enough for the Lions as they suffered an 83-72 North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) loss to host Penn State Berks Saturday afternoon.
Sanders had a strong game for the Lions (5-14, 1-7 NEAC) as she scored a career-high 17 points on 8-of-14 shooting and grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds. Clayshonia Cogmon hit seven of her 12 shot attempts to finish with 16 points, one shy of her career high.
The Lions scored a season-high 72 points on 39.4 percent shooting (28-of-71), also a season best. Bryn Athyn's previous top offensive performance came on Dec. 13, 2017 when the Lions put up 71 points in a 71-47 victory over Bryn Mawr College.
Sanders ended a back-and-forth opening quarter by draining a jumper with three seconds left to give Bryn Athyn a 15-14 lead after 10 minutes of play. The teams were tied five times and the Sanders basket led to the third and final lead change of the period.
After Penn State Berks (6-9, 4-6 NEAC) scored on its first possession of the second quarter to take a one-point lead, Bryn Athyn answered back with six straight points, the final four coming on back-to-back Myah Phillips layups, to move ahead up a game-high five points (21-16) with 7:27 left in the half.
With Bryn Athyn holding on to a 24-19 lead, Penn State Berks took control of the contest by outscoring the Lions 18-6 over the final 5:45 of the quarter to own a 37-30 advantage at the half.
The Nittany Lions' Abbie Carr made the first two buckets of the third quarter to give Penn State Berks its first double-digit lead of the afternoon (41-30) with a minute gone. Cogmon responded with a layup at the 8:12 mark to pull Bryn Athyn within 41-32. Over the next 2:11, Penn State Berks would go on a 10-1 surge to extend its lead to a game-high 18 points (51-33) on a Kylie Herman three-point play. The Lions would get as close as 13 the rest of the quarter and trailed 62-47 and the end of three.
Bryn Athyn turned in its best quarter in the fourth as the team shot 43.5 percent (10-of-23) to outscore Penn State Berks 25-21. Morgan Phillips, Cogmon, and Sanders all had six points in the final 10 minutes.
Herman led five Penn State Berks players in double figures with a game-high 24 points on 8-15 shooting. Carr finished up with 12 points and 10 rebounds, while Deanna Daddona had 15 points.
Bryn Athyn will welcome Wilson to Asplundh Field House for a NEAC contest on Wednesday, Jan. 31 at 8 p.m.