The Howard Lady Bison women’s basketball team pushed its Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) record to 5-2 after taking out conference opponent N.C. Central, 66-61, on Feb. 1 at Burr Gymnasium in Washington, D.C.

The Lady Bison had to play without its best scorer, redshirt freshman guard Te’Shya Heslip, who was inactive for the game. But Howard was able to replace Heslip’s production with an extra effort from junior forward Cheyenne Brown, who scored a career-high 23 points. Brown was on fire from three-point range, making five shots from the arc. It was one of her three-pointers that sparked a 21-6 run in the first half that gave Howard a comfortable lead.

Brown ended the game shooting a blistering 72 percent from the field.

“I thought it was a great team effort today,” said Howard head coach Tennille Adams, according to Howard Sports Information. “We didn’t have Te’Shya today but I take my hat off to our young ladies for really stepping up and playing team ball.”

Freshman guard Jasmine Hill also had a strong performance, scoring a season-high 13 points, while sophomore center Victoria Gonzalez scored 11 points with 5 rebounds.

Racquel Davis led N.C. Central with 15 points in the loss.

Howard will try to extend their MEAC record to 6-2 when they take on the North Carolina A&T Lady Aggies on Feb. 3.