The Howard University Lady Bison put on a show in front of their home crowd as they defeated the Coppin State Lady Eagles on Dec. 3, 63-52, to claim their first Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) win of the season.
The Lady Bison (2-5 overall, 1-0 MEAC) found success with aggressive defense scoring 31 points off 28 turnovers by the Eagles (2-5 overall, 0-1 MEAC).
Junior Tamoria Holmes scored a game-high 22 points, shooting 10-for-22 from the field and tying fellow junior Cheyenne Curley-Payne with five steals. Curley-Payne was a point shy of a double-double with a game-high 13 assists, and nine points. Junior Saadia Doyle tallied her fifth double-double of the season, finishing with 14 points and grabbing 10 boards.
Howard started the match a little rattled by an instant turnover and foul which gave Coppin a lead at the 18:14 mark. After regrouping, HU turned up their energy and took the lead back with a strong drive and finish to the rack from Curley-Payne. With the lead, the Lady Bison maintained their intensity offensively, scoring 14 more points to CSU’s 14 with just 11:34 left in the first half.
As both teams went blow for blow, the score was knotted for the fifth time (31-31) with 18 seconds left in the first half.
But in the second half, Howard tuned up its defense scheme and caused havoc to force the Eagles into a turnover and foul, giving HU a one point edge from a free throw by Holmes. The Lady Bison then went on an 11-5 run to close the game out.
Coppin State was led by senior Jeanine Manley, who shot 6-8 in the paint and finished with 16 points and eight rebounds. Sophomore Kyra Coleman chipped in with 10 points, and senior Crystal Whittington added six points and grabbed nine boards.
Game notes: Howard made 23-of-60 shots (40 percent) from the field, 4-for-18 (22 percent) from the behind the three-point line and 12-for-18 (66 percent) from the free throw line. Coppin State went 18-for-44 (40 percent) within the arc, went 3-for-16 (18 percent) from the three point line and 14-for-24 (58 percent) from the free throw line. Howard scored 31 points from Coppin’s 28 turnovers. CSU outscored HU 20-10 from the bench and in the paint 22-16. Yet, Howard led the game with 12-0 in fastbreak points.
Howard will face Delaware State at Burr Gymnasium in Washington, D.C. at 5:30 p.m. on December 5.