HU upsets Wake Forest in OT
Written by Julee' O'Neal, W. Basketball, Broadcast Journalism Major '13
WINSTON-SALEM, NC--- December 18--- The Howard women's basketball team upset Wake Forest 63-59 in Winston Salem, N.C. This marks the third time in Howard Women's basketball history that the Lady Bison have defeated an Atlantic-Coast Conference opponent. Previously, HU women's basketball knocked off Maryland and N.C. State under legendary MEAC Hall of Fame coach Sonya Tyler.
"Anytime you can make history and follow in the foot-steps of a hall of famer, feels great," says fourth-year head coach Niki G. "It is great for the team and the program."
With the victory, Howard (5-5, 2-0 MEAC) improves its win streak to four, while Wake Forest drops to 7-3 on the season.
Saadia Doyle finished with a season-best, 28 points – shooting 10-19 from the field, and 8-9 from the charity stripe. Tamoria Holmes tallied 14 points and seven boards. Cheyenne Curley-Payne chipped in with 10 points, five rebounds, and six steals.
In the second period, the Demon-Deacons threw the first blow pushing the lead to as many as 21 points (46-25) with just under 15 minutes to play. Ignited by a Doyle fast break layup, HU rattled off 15 straight points over a nine-plus span to cut the margin to 46-40 by the 6:13 mark. Sandra Garcia ended the Wake Forest drought with a basket. From there, both teams went toe-to-toe playing to a 52-52 knot by the end of regulation.
To tip-off the extra five-minutes, the Demon-Deacons earned a free-throw from the charity stripe. HU brushed passed Wake Forest and dominated the period by outscoring them 11-7 to a final of 63-59, however.
"Tamoria and Saadia played well," commented Coach G. "Saadia came up with key back-to-back baskets which gave us the tie to go into overtime. Once overtime began I knew we had the momentum. We gave great defensive effort, especially by holding their leading scorer, Chelsea Douglas, to one point."
The Deacs were led by Garcia, who finished with a team-high 18 points and 10 rebounds. Secily Ray contributed 10 points and nine boards.
Game notes: Wake Forest leading scorer Chelsea Douglas came into the game averaging 14 points, but was held to just one point on the night. HU scored 20 points from the Demon-Deacons' 27 turnovers. The Lady Bison found much success from the free-throw line, shooting 21-23 (91 percent) for the game. Wake Forest dominated the glass, 53-38, and outscored Howard in the paint, 40-16.
The Lady Bison are back in action on Tues. Dec. 20 at home against Buffalo beginning at 7 p.m.