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Warren's career day leads Lions to 58-56 win over Cairn

Warren's career day leads Lions to 58-56 win over Cairn

BRYN ATHYN, Pa. – Allie Warren had a career-high for the Bryn Athyn College women's basketball team she recorded 32 points, 15 rebounds, and five steals—all career highs—as the Lions hung on to defeat visiting Cairn University, 58-56, in a Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC) game Saturday afternoon in Asplundh Field House.

Warren played 39 of the 40 minutes and shot 10-of-23 from the field, 4-of-12 from 3-point range, and 8-of-9 at the free throw line. It was the first 30-point game by a Lion since Kristina Clark scored 30 points in the first round of the North Eastern Athletic Conference Tournament against Saint Elizabeth on Feb. 21, 2017, a 95-89 loss.

Clayshonia Cogmon recorded a double-double for the third straight game, 11th this season, with 14 points and 15 rebounds. Alexis Mitchen added seven points and seven rebounds, while Alisha McKnight tallied a career-high eight assists and seven rebounds.

The Lions (3-16, 3-8 CSAC) put together a dominating first two quarters that resulted in the team owning a 38-18 advantage at halftime.

Bryn Athyn trailed 9-8 with 4:34 left in the first quarter before Cogmon knocked down a jumper that led to a 7-0 quarter-ending surge to give the Lions a 15-9 advantage. Cogmon scored six of the seven points, while McKnight capped the run with a free throw with four seconds left. The Lion defense forced the Highlanders to miss their final five shots in the stanza and commit five turnovers.

Led by 15 second-quarter points from Warren, the Lions outscored the Highlanders 23-9 during the second 10-minutes of play to build up the 20-point halftime cushion. The Lions shot 8-of-16 from the floor and 6-of-8 at the charity stripe. Meanwhile, Cairn (8-9, 5-5 CSAC) made just three of their 18 shot attempts. Bryn Athyn outrebounded Cairn the quarter, 14-9. Bryn Athyn took a game-high 23-point lead
(38-15) on a Warren layup 1:22 before halftime.

Bryn Athyn's would primarily fluctuate between 18 and 22 points during the third quarter. The Highlanders got at close as 47-31 on a Payton Emerick layup with 2:04 remaining in the frame. Bryn Athyn's lead would get back to 21, by a Charlotte Allen jumper at the end of the quarter made the score 52-33. Warren shot 5-of-8 from the field, 2-of-4 from three, and grabbed six rebounds in the third.

The Lions would have to work to protect the victory in the fourth quarter as they would shoot 1-of-9, 4-of-12 at the free throw line, and commit 10 turnovers. Despite Bryn Athyn's offensive struggles, the Lions would never lose the lead. Cairn would pull within a point when Allen made one of her two free throw attempts with 26 seconds left to make it a 56-55 game.

After a Bryn Athyn timeout, Janalene Phillips would go to the free throw line with 22 seconds remaining and make her first attempt and miss the second. Emountey White would grab the offensive rebound and get fouled. Like Phillips, White made her first shot and missed the second. This time, Cogmon corralled the offensive rebound, but would then get called for traveling to give the ball back to Cairn.

With six seconds left, Emerick went to the line and pulled the Highlanders with 58-56 with a made free throw. Emerick would steal the ensuing inbound pass, but her game-tying layup missed the mark and the Lions would walk away with the win.

Dakota Hitchner was Cairn's leading scorer with 14 points, Kendra Stum had nine points, while Payton added eight. All three players grabbed nine rebounds.

Bryn Athyn shot 35.6 percent (21-of-59) from the field, while Cairn ended at 31.0 percent (22-71). The Lions grabbed a season-high 52 rebounds compared to 44 for the Highlanders.

The Lions will go for their third straight win when they host Rosemont on Wednesday, Jan. 30 at 6 p.m. in Asplundh Field House.

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