HOWARD HEADS TO THE CHAMPIONSHIP OFF OF FREE-THROWS AND THREE POINTERS
Written by Ariel V. Germain, Assistant Sports Information Director
NORFOLK, VA. (www.howard-bison.com) – March 15 – By finishing 70 percent from the free-throw line and 48 percent from three-point range, the Howard University women's basketball team overpowered the Lady Aggies of North Carolina A&T State University 55-42 during semifinal action on Friday, March 15 at Scope Arena in Norfolk, Va.
In the victory, senior Saadia Doyle clinched her 10th double-double with 27 points and 10 rebounds, on 2-of-2 outing from behind the arc and a 7-of-8 outing from the free-throw line. Senior Kara Smith finished with 11 points, while fellow classmate Adelle Walton gathered nine points on a 3-of-6 performance from three-point range. Senior Cheyenne Curley-Payne distributed nine assists, as Nicole Deterville blocked three Lady Aggie shots.
N.C. A&T held the lead until the 12:04 mark of the first half, reaching a game-high six point lead.
But a three-pointer by Smith changed the contest and put the game in Howard's favor.
Smith's effort sent Howard to a half-high seven point lead and assisted in HU's halftime 22-20 score.
At the halftime intermission, Doyle led the blue and white with 14 points, while A&T's Ariel Bursey and Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference student-athlete Eboni Ross scored six points apiece.
North Carolina A&T outscored Howard to snap the halftime lead and the opening five-point lead set by Walton's three-point basket at the 18:00 mark.
Nevertheless, the mighty Lady Bison knew their tournament participation was far from over and Howard increased its offense and defensive presentation for a 13-point 55-42 win over the Lady Aggies to advance to the MEAC Tournament Championship contest on Saturday, March 16 at Scope Arena in Norfolk, Va., 1:00 p.m.
For more information on Howard Women's Basketball, visit the official athletics website at www.howard-bison.com.
More information on the 2013 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Women's Basketball Tournament, visit www.meacsports.com.