WASHINGTON, D.C.–In their first home game of the season, the Howard University women’s basketball team revived its offense after a fruitless first-half performance to secure a 60-38 win against the Lady Bulldogs of Bowie State University on Nov. 23 in Burr Gymnasium in Washington, D.C.

The mighty blue and white opened the contest with a 16-4 lead by the 9:39 mark. But as the HU offense cooled, Bowie State scoring leader Brooke Miles, a junior guard, paced the Lady Bulldogs on a 13-2 run, turning a 13-point deficit to a 20-20 tie after the first 20 minutes of play.

Howard initially fell short in all areas of scoring, shooting below 27 percent in field goals, free throws and three-pointers, including a season-low 17 percent from the free-throw line with a 1-of-6 outing and only sinking three long range shots off of 13 attempts.

Nonetheless, HU utilized the halftime intermission to revive its offense and double its first-half total, overpowering BSU 40-18 in the second half.

However, on a short 5-4 run, the Lady Bulldogs attained its first and only lead of the night with a score of 25-24.

But by the 9:21 mark, the Lady Bison regained a double-figure lead with a score of 38-28.

HU’s redshirt senior forward Saadia Doyle, who tallied six points on the first half of action, finished with a team-high 29 points, while senior guard Cheyenne Curley-Payne gathered 11 points and redshirt-junior guard Jerelle Gorham attained 10 points. Senior forward Nicole Deterville amassed a season-high 10 points, as Doyle collected eight boards. Curley-Payne circulated nine assists and two steals.

Collectively, the Lady Bison finished at 64 percent from the charity stripe, 35 percent from the field and 18 percent from long range.

Howard continued toward the winners circle with an 18-7 run, with 11 points coming from the free-throw line.

The Lady Bison held BSU to 22-point deficit for a 60-38 victory.

HU continues its three-game home stand Nov. 25 against Mount St. Mary’s; tipoff is slated for 4:30 p.m.

Ariel V. Germain

AFRO Staff Writers