Doyle’s 30 points Not Enough In 80-55 Loss to Vanderbilt
NASHVILLE, TN – Saadia Doyle scored a game-high 30 points as the Howard University women's basketball team fell to Vanderbilt (1-0), 80-55 in Nashville, Tenn. With the loss, the Lady Bison drop to 0-2 on the season. HU is back in action on Nov. 18 when it hosts Radford beginning at 7 p.m.
"I am pleased with Doyle's overall performance this weekend," said head coach Niki Geckeler.
Along with Doyle's game high, she also pulled down a team-best 10 rebounds for her second-straight double-double of the season. The team was outrebounded 44-32, however. Cheyenne Curley-Payne pulled down five off the glass and dished out four assists.
Tamoria Holmes chipped in with nine points and a team-best five steals. HU outscored the Commodores 6-2 in fast-break points and had 12 points off 16 Vanderbilt turnovers.
"There is a lot of promise for the future," said Geckeler. "We played with a lot of confidence in the second half."
The Lady Bison dug themselves an early hole and trailed 49-22 heading into intermission. Howard came out strong in the second half with intesity and outscored VU 33-31, but could not break the Commodores double-digit advantage.
HU held Vanderbilt to just a 25 percent shooting clip (7-for-28), while hitting 13-of-32 for a 40.6 percentage from the floor.
The Lady Bison started the second stint with a 15-5 run over a six-plus span – capped by a Holmes triple – to make it 55-34 at the 13:58 mark. Unfortunately Howard would not get any closer than that as the Commodores pushed the spread to as many as 30 (74-44) with just over five minutes remaining in regulation.
For the game, HU hit 22-for-63 (34.9 percent) from the field, while Vandy finished 23-for-53 (43.4 percent).
The Commodores had four players reach double-figures with Stephanie Holzer leading the team with 20 points and 11 boards off the bench. Vandy's bench outscored Howard's bench 35-9. Christina Foggie had 14 points while Jasmine Lister and Angela Puleo finished with 13 and 11 points, respectively.
"We still have a lot of work to do," said Geckeler. "We have to focus on defense and rebounding."
Howard will host Radford on Thurs. Nov. 18 beginning at 7 p.m.