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Lions cruise to 56-45 victory over Bryn Mawr for first win of the season

Lions cruise to 56-45 victory over Bryn Mawr for first win of the season
 

BRYN ATHYN, Pa. – Nicole Lincifort posted her first double-double in a Lion uniform as the Bryn Athyn College women's basketball team picked up its first win of the Travis Ponton-era, 56-45 over Bryn Mawr College in Asplundh Field House Wednesday night.

Lincifort put together a dominating performance, leading all players in scoring with 13 points on 6-of-12 shooting and rebounding with 16 boards. It was her second straight 16-rebound performance. Lincifort also added three steals.

In her first action of the season, Alisha McKnight racked up 12 points, four rebounds, three assists, and three steals. Clayshonia Cogmon contributed 10 points, six rebounds, and a season-high six steals.

Bryn Athyn's (1-3) defense played a major role in the victory as the Lions held the Owls (0-2) to 32.1 percent (17-of-53) shooting—including 0-of-10 from 3-point range—and forced 30 turnovers. The Lions finished the game with 19 steals, the most since tallying 20 steals at Penn State Berks on Jan. 20, 2018.

In the opening quarter, Bryn Athyn shot 10-of-17 (58.8 percent) and made four 3-pointers to storm out to a 27-11 advantage after 10 minutes. After falling behind 2-1, Bryn Athyn went on a 23-6 run to take its first 16-point lead (25-8) on an Alexis Mitchem 3-pointer with 2:49 left in the quarter. Allie Warren, Lincifort, and McKnight each scored six points in the run.

Defense dominated the second quarter as both teams put up eight points during the period to give Bryn Athyn a 35-19 lead at the half. Bryn Mawr was 4-of-11 from the field and committed eight turnovers, while Bryn Athyn shot 3-of-16.

The Lions opened the third with five of the first six points to extend its advantage to a game-high 20 points (40-20) on a Jayda Campbell free throw with 7:08 remaining. Bryn Mawr controlled the rest of the quarter, outscoring Bryn Athyn 12-3 to cut the gap to 43-32.

Meagan Murray-Bruce, who had 10 points and 10 rebounds off-the-bench, scored on the Owls' first possession of the fourth to trim the Bryn Athyn lead to single digit, 43-34. A Lincifort putback allowed the Lions to reclaim a 13-point lead (49-36) with 6:18 to play. The Owls would get as close as seven in the final two minutes of the contest.

Laya Paladugu was Bryn Mawr's top scorer with 12 points, while Halena Martin added 10 points.

Bryn Athyn's next game comes on Tuesday, Nov. 26 at York (N.Y.) at 7 p.m.