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Lions fall to Notre Dame in Saturday night conference battle

Lions fall to Notre Dame in Saturday night conference battle

BRYN ATHYN, Pa. – The Bryn Athyn College women's basketball team had three players score in double figures in a 79-62 Colonial States Athletic Conference loss to Notre Dame (Md.) Saturday night in Asplundh Field House.

Alisha McKnight turned in one of her best performances of the season as she racked up a team-high 12 points, seven rebounds, and five assists. Kalie Soulsby recorded 11 points in a reserve role, while Clayshonia Cogmon posted 10 points and seven rebounds.

A McKnight fast-break layup started a 10-4 surge that allowed the Lions to take charge of the first quarter, 15-10. McKnight led the surge with six points. The Lion defense forced the Gators into 2-for-7 shooting and seven turnovers during the 5:27 span.

Soulsby connected on a jumper 30 seconds into the second quarter to give Bryn Athyn its largest lead of the night (19-12). The Lions remained in the lead until the 3:25 mark when Ayana Brim made a layup to make the score 22-21 in the Gators' favor. Notre Dame (9-4, 6-1 CSAC) would lead 30-24 at the half.

The Gators dominated the third quarter, outscoring the Lions 30-18, to widen the gap to 60-42. Both teams shot the ball well during the frame with Notre Dame shooting 51.9 percent (14-of-27) and Bryn Athyn shooting 46.7 percent (7-of-15). However, Notre Dame won the rebounding battle 17-7 and committed just one turnover compared to six by Bryn Athyn.

In the final quarter, Bryn Athyn got as close as 12 points (68-56) on a Campbell jumper with 5:47 left.

Ariana Alleyne was Notre Dame's top scorer with 15 points and also tallied nine assists.

The Gators finished the game shooting 43.8 percent (35-of-80) overall, while the Lions shot 38.6 percent (22-of-57). Notre Dame outrebounded Bryn Athyn 57-35.

Jasimine Gardner had 14 points, while Daija Fitchett recorded 13 points and 10 rebounds.

Bryn Athyn heads to Centenary (N.J.) for a CSAC showdown on Wednesday, Jan. 15 at 6 p.m.