Eight Straight For Women's Basketball
Written by Julee' O'Neal, W. Basketball, Broadcast Journalism '13
Emmitsburg, Md---January 3--- The Howard Women's basketball team (9-5) outrebounded Mount St. Mary's by 14 (41-27) to pull away with a 67-55 victory at Knott Arena for the first game of the new year.
Saadia Doyle paced HU, recording her seventh double-double of the season, finishing with a game high of 18 points and 10 rebounds. Tamoria Holmes tallied 16 points and three assist while Cheyenne Curley-Payne chipped in with nine assists, and four steals 12 points – all from the charity stripe. Zykia Brown added ten points, and Nicole Deterville grabbed a game-best and season-high of 12 boards.
Howard quickly opened up the first half gaining a 4-0 lead by forcing three turnovers in just under three minutes of action. The Mount's Ashley Christie responded by knocking down a three-pointer to put her team on the scoreboard. However, that did not stop HU as it continued to push the lead to eight points from a traditional three-point play by Holmes at the 10:15 mark. From there, both teams attacked the basket. With 5:53 left in the first period, Mount Saint Mary's scored the next few baskets, placing the score at 18-15. Howard responded with a 9-3 run spreading the margin to nine, 27-18. To close the first twenty minutes of action, the Bison led by eight, 29-21.
To jump into the second half, Curley-Payne stole the ball and dished out an assist to Holmes for a lay-up 16 seconds in. Howard proceeded to extend the lead to 12, 33-21, by the 18:39 mark. The Bison's lead was halted from a three-ball by Kayla Grossett. HU then answered with a bucket by Doyle with 17:53 left in the contest.
By the 14:46 mark, the Mount closed the gap to one, 35-34. Mount St. Mary's knotted the score at 35 from a foul shot by Grossett, then took its first advantage of the match with the second free-throw, 36-35.
At 13:07, Howard tied and recaptured the lead (37-36) from a pair at the stripe by Doyle.
From there, HU held its ground and slid away with its eighth consecutive win.
The Mountaineers were led by Grossett who finished with 14 points in 22 minutes of action. Christie contributed 12 points, while Sydney Henderson added 10.
Howard will return home to close out its non-conference slate with NJIT on Jan 5. Game-time is scheduled for 7 p.m.