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Women's basketball defeated by Gallaudet in final minute

Women's basketball defeated by Gallaudet in final minute

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Zeniyah Sanders and Clayshonia Cogmon each recorded a double-double for the Bryn Athyn College women's basketball team in a 68-65 North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) loss to Gallaudet Wednesday night in the Field House.

Sanders continued her strong play as she shot 9-of-14 from the field to score a career-high 23 points. She also grabbed 11 rebounds to record her third double-double of the season. Cogmon notched her eighth double-double of the year with a 17-point, 16-rebound performance. Cogmon's 16 boards were a game-high.

The outcome wouldn't be decided until the game's final moments. With 29 seconds remaining in the game, Gallaudet's Hannah Neild—the team's top player with 28 points, six rebounds, five assists, and four steals—drained two free throws to snap a 65-all tie and put the Bison up two.

On Bryn Athyn's (6-17, 3-11 NEAC) next possession, Cogmon would be called for a double dribble giving the ball back to Gallaudet (9-13, 7-7 NEAC). The Lions would have a chance to play for a tie after Emelia Beldon went 1-for-2 at the free throw line to extend the gap to 68-65 with nine seconds left. The game's final sequence had the ball end up in the hands of Allie Warren. Warren's game-tying 3-point attempt bounced off the rim as time ran out.

Bryn Athyn came out of the blocks red hot, making five of its first seven shots to storm out to a 14-3 lead in the opening 3:03. Warren led the surge with a pair of 3-point baskets. Despite going 1-for-9 and being outscored 11-3 during the rest of the quarter, the Lions held on to a 17-14 lead.

After briefly falling behind by two (19-17), the Lions quickly bounced back with nine of the next 11 points to reclaim a five-point lead (26-21) on a Sha'Vion Woodland basket. Bryn Athyn remained in front until Gallaudet went on a 7-2 run over the final 3:35 of the half to lead 35-32 at the intermission.

The Bison took a 39-34 lead on a Neild basket at the 7:24 mark of the third quarter. Led by seven Sanders points, Bryn Athyn came right back with an 11-3 surge to take a 45-42 lead on a Cogmon layup with 3:29 left. Gallaudet scored the final seven points of the quarter to lead 49-45 after 30 minutes of action.

Gallaudet took a game-high 55-49 lead on two Sabina Shysh free throws with 7:58 left in the game. The Lions needed only two minutes to erase the deficit thanks to a run of six straight points capped by a Sanders bucket. Trailing 65-61 with two minutes left, Sanders and Cogmon both made baskets to level the game at 65.

Shysh finished the game with 20 points.

Bryn Athyn shot a season-high 41.2 percent (28-of-68) from the field, while Gallaudet made 36.9 percent (24-of-65) of its shots.

The Lions will play their final home game of the season on Saturday, Feb. 10 against Penn State Berks at 3 p.m. in Asplundh Field House. Sanders will be recognized in a pre-game Senior Day ceremony.