Written by Ariel V. Germain, Assistant Sports Information Director
Howard v. Hampton
WASHINGTON, D.C. (www.howard-bison.com) – January 12 – Despite a final second three pointer by freshman Imani Bailey, a 10-2 Hampton run led to Howard University's first loss at home and in conference play in a 52-50 decision against Hampton University on Saturday, Jan. 12 in Burr Gymnasium.
The first Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference loss drops Howard to 7-7 on the season, 4-1 at home and 2-1 in conference play.
Howard's offensive campaign was led by senior Saadia Doyle with 14 points, while fellow Atlanta, Ga., native freshman Victoria Gonzalez added 10 points to the afternoon. Doyle also led in rebounding with six, as senior Cheyenne Curley-Payne finished with three assists and three steals.
As a team, HU shot 39 percent from the field, 33 percent from the behind the arc and 83 percent from the free-throw line.
In spite of five lead changes and eight ties, the mighty blue and white maintained home-court advantage for entire first half and well into the second half.
In the first 20 minutes, which was the lowest first-half scoring outings for both teams, Howard and Hampton went possession-for-possession without scoring.
On a 4-0 run, Howard reached a first-half high six-point margin lead. Hampton's Keiara Avant put her offensive power to work to bring the Lady Pirates within one; nonetheless another Howard run extended the lead by four for a halftime score of 20-16.
After the halftime intermission, Howard displayed to fans and followers why they were the preseason favorite, taking a 10-point margin lead by the 16:44 make of the second-half.
By the 11:08 mark Howard would loss its power and succumb to a 10-2 Hampton run and a 38-38 tie by the 6:14 mark.
The two squads varied between two additional ties and two leads changes before a 6-3 run by Hampton silenced Burr Gymnasium and sent the Lady Bison scrambling for a way out with 21 second remaining.
Hampton advances to 12-5 on the season and 3-0 in the conference.
Howard returns to Burr on Monday, Jan. 14 to take on the Lady Spartans of Norfolk State University at 4:30 p.m., this contest will be aired on ESPNU.
For more information on Howard Women's Basketball, visit the official athletics website at www.howard-bison.com.