The Howard University Lady Bison saw a 13 point lead midway through the second half evaporate, as the George Washington Colonials went on a 19-5 run to defeat Howard, 61-60, on Dec. 15 in the Charles E. Smith Center on the GWU campus.

The Colonials (5-5) snapped the Lady Bison’s four-game win streak when graduate student Tara Book hit a three-pointer with less than a second left in the game and took the lead with a successful free throw thanks to a foul on the shot.

For Howard (4-5), freshman guard Imani Bailey scored a career-high 15 points, while senior guards Saadia Doyle, Cheyenne Curley-Payne and Kara Smith each scored in double figures. Doyle finished with 15, Curley-Payne tallied 14 and Smith netted 12 points. Doyle also pulled down nine rebounds; Curley-Payne circulated four assists and stole four GW possessions.

Howard shot 33 percent from the field (17-of-52), 54 percent from beyond the arc (7-of-13) and 63 percent from the free-throw line (19-of-30).

The Lady Bison built a nine-point lead in the first-half with a 10-0 run, and held GW scoreless for more than five minutes of play. Curley-Payne, who was 2-of-3 from behind the arc, scored her first three-pointer at the 3:07 mark to secure Howard’s first double-figure lead. Howard led the host Colonials by seven at halftime, 30-23.

Howard built an 11-point lead early in the second half, and held steady despite committing five fouls in six minutes of play and seeing George Washington cut their lead to single-figures on two runs.

But, starting at the 5:26 mark, Howard missed seven free throws and four jumpers to allow GW’s 19-5 run.

The Lady Bison return to road action on Dec. 21, facing Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif.

Ariel V. Germain

AFRO Staff Writers