Howard University freshman Anzhané Hutton (left), and American University guard Stacy Beckton Jr. (right). (Photos/ Courtesy and by Daniel Kucin, Jr.)

By Daniel Kucin Jr.
Special to the AFRO

Howard University Women’s Basketball team is continuing one of the best starts in program history after taking down Coppin State University on Jan. 17, 60-51.

Howard (7-2) is now 3-1 in conference play, after the victory led by freshman forward Anzhane’ Hutton, who scored 19 points, pulled down five rebounds and accounted for an assist after being limited to 2-of-9 shooting the previous game on Jan. 16 against CSU.

“Anzhané had a good bounce-back today,” said Howard University Head Coach Ty Grace. “We can’t forget, she’s a freshman that’s still learning and growing. But she’s not the type of player that’s going to roll over and quit after a tough game. She has a winner’s mentality and will continue to get better.”

Howard University freshman Anzhané Hutton scored 19 points en route to a 60-51 victory over Coppin State University on Jan. 17. (Courtesy Photo)

Howard will return home with a pair of matchups (on Jan. 30-31) against Delaware State University (2-6). Both days are scheduled for a 2 p.m. tipoff.

Howard/ Georgetown Men’s Basketball Season On Hold

The Howard Men’s Basketball team has paused all activities due to positive COVID-19 test results among the program’s “Tier 1” personnel, consisting of student-athletes, coaches, medical staff, and equipment staff, game day operators and officials.

Since the announcement on Jan. 8, Howard University Athletics mentioned that the team would remain in quarantine and not return to basketball activities until cleared pursuant to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Howard University protocols.

“Howard University places the safety of our student-athletes first and foremost,” said a Howard Athletics statement. “We will continue to conduct robust testing and require our student-athletes to observe safety and social distancing guidelines.”

Howard’s (1-4) only win this season came against Hampton University, 81-76 on Dec. 18.

As for Georgetown University, the Big East Conference has announced that games at Providence, scheduled for Jan. 16, and at Marquette, scheduled for Jan. 20, have been postponed. The Georgetown men’s basketball program (3-8) is on a pause following a positive COVID-19 test within Tier 1 personnel, and no makeup dates have been announced.

GW Women Blow Past George Mason

George Washington University completely dismantled George Mason University, 67-47 on Jan. 17, after the team surged to a quick 17-4 lead in the first half and never looked back to win its first conference victory of the season.

George Washington’s (4-7) 20-point win was historic, marking the largest margin of victory in nearly three years since a 20-point drubbing of La Salle University in 2018.

Center Ali Brigham led George Washington’s way with 18 points, and forward Neila Luma filled the stat sheet scoring 12 points, and getting five rebounds, two assists and a steal.

The Colonels will travel to take on VCU (6-6) on Jan. 20 at 4 p.m.

Navy Men Sink American

American University kicked off the season with a heartbreaking overtime loss to Navy, 87-86, after four postponed games (COVID-19) dating back to Jan. 2.

American had a chance to bounce back the next day, but failed to find any rhythm, dropping their second loss of the year, 71-59.

American University guard Stacy Beckton Jr. scored in double-figures with 12 points and also had three steals, three rebounds and one assist against Navy on Jan. 17. (Photo by Daniel Kucin, Jr.)

“It’s sort of like a scrimmage in November in that there’s a lot that you don’t know before you play games, and then you play games, and it gives you a lot of information. And now we know what we need to work on,” said American University Head Coach Mike Brennan.

I like the group a lot. They work hard, they listen, they’re coachable, they share the ball, they like each other. So, I think we’re just going to get better from here.”

American forward Johnny O’Neil led his team in scoring with 17 points and guard Stacy Beckton Jr. was the only other player to score in double-figures with 12 points. Beckton Jr. also had three steals, three rebounds and one assist.