ALLENTOWN, Pa. – Led by a season-high 23 points from Allie Warren, the Bryn Athyn College women's basketball team cruised to its first Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC) victory of the season, 85-54 over Cedar Crest Wednesday night in Lees Gymnasium.
Alisha McKnight had a solid night for the Lions (2-5, 1-1 CSAC) as she contributed a career-high 15 points, six assists, four rebounds, and four steals. Jayda Campbell added 12 points and five rebounds, while Clayshonia Cogmon had 11 points, seven rebounds, and five steals. Nicole Lincifort posted eight points and a game-high 10 rebounds.
Bryn Athyn did a lot of its damage at the free throw line as the Lions made 24 of its 37 attempts (64.9 percent). Cedar Crest was only 7-of-14 from the stripe. The Lions ended up shooting 28-of-71 (39.4 percent) overall, while the Falcons went 23-of-63 (36.5 percent).
The 31-point margin of victory is the largest since Bryn Athyn defeated Immaculata by 35 points (75-40) on November 19, 2016. The 85 points are the most since February 21, 2017, when the Lions scored 89 points in a 95-89 loss to the College of Saint Elizabeth. Bryn Athyn finished the game with 24 steals, two shy of the program record of 26 that came against Wilson on December 5, 2013.
Bryn Athyn—who never trailed in the contest—broke the game in the final 2:53 of the opening quarter by going on an 11-1 run to turn a narrow 12-9 lead into a 23-10 advantage at the quarter's end. Four different players contributed to the Lion offense in the run, led by five Campbell points. The Lion defense forced the Falcons (0-7, 0-2 CSAC) to miss all five of its shots and commit one turnover.
The Lions keep their momentum going through the quarter break as they scored the first 10 points of the second quarter, capped by a McKnight 3-pointer at the 8:47 mark, to move ahead 33-10. Bryn Athyn's lead stayed about 18 points, eventually growing to a half-high 24 points (48-24) on a Cogmon fast-break layup with 56 seconds left in the half.
After playing a pretty even and low-scoring third quarter that Cedar Crest won 12-11, Bryn Athyn bounced back in the fourth to outscore Cedar Crest 26-18. In the final quarter, Bryn Athyn's lead reached a game-high 33 points when Maylissa Clarke made two free throws with 58 seconds remaining to make the score 85-52.
Mackenzie Borger was the Falcons' top scorer with 13 points. Megan Peifer added 12 points and six rebounds, while Meghan Gregory came off-the-bench to recorded 10 points and seven boards.
Bryn Athyn is back in Asplundh Field House on Saturday, Dec. 7 to host Keystone in a CSAC clash at 1 p.m.