The Howard University Lady Bison suffered a 71-64 loss to the Coppin State University Lady Eagles on Feb. 23 in Burr Gymnasium in Washington, D.C.

Coppin State overpowered Howard in the paint, 42-36, while the bench outscored Howard, 20-6.

Howard and Coppin exchanged the lead throughout the first 12 minutes of action, until the Lady Eagles took the lead at the 8:41 mark and maintained a 32-29 halftime advantage.

After the intermission, Howard went on a 23-15 run to build their largest lead of the half. Senior forward Saadia Doyle kicked the scoring off with a layup, and senior forward Kara Smith followed with her own layup and a long-range basket.

But Coppin State rallied, and with 7:10 left to play, the score was tied for a ninth time at 56-56. In the waning minutes, the Lady Eagles continued to find success in the paint to secure the 71-64 win. The loss marked the second time that Howard was losing at the half and failed to pull out the win at home.

Three Howard players scored in double figures. Doyle led the team with 24 points, while Smith tallied 13 points and junior guard Jerelle Gorham notched 11 points. Senior guard Cheyenne Curley-Payne guided Howard in assists with eight, and she and senior forward Nicole Deterville pulled down a team-high six rebounds apiece.

As a team, Howard shot 81 percent from the foul line (13-16), 41 percent from the field (25-61) and 11 percent from three-point range (1-9).

With the loss, Howard fell to 16-10 overall, 10-4 in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, 8-3 at home and 8-7 on the road.

The Howard Lady Eagles will take on their final road opponent on Feb. 25, facing the University of Maryland Eastern Shore in Prince Anne, Md., at 5:30 p.m. 


Ariel V. Germain

AFRO Staff Writers