There’s only one way to dig yourself out of a losing slump, and that’s by winning. That’s exactly what Howard’s women basketball team has been able to do after starting the season with two losses. The Lady Bison successfully bounced back from two lopsided blowouts (an 86-63 loss to Buffalo and an 80-55 loss to Vanderbilt) with two impressive home victories against Radford and Loyola.

Howard earned a 44-36 win over Loyola on Nov. 20 by making impact plays when it mattered most. They controlled the score with a double-digit lead throughout most of the first half. But the Lady Greyhounds made adjustments and cut into their lead. Howard led by only four points with just less than three minutes in the game, but clutch free-throws by Cheyenne Curley-Payne helped the Lady Bison hold off their opponents and advance to 2-2 on the season.

“I was proud of the way my team stayed their course and supported each other down the stretch,” said head coach Niki Geckeler.

The coach said she was also impressed with the production from the young players on her team, including sophomore Curley-Payne and redshirt sophomore Saadia Doyle, perhaps the two best scorers on the team. Doyle finished with 19 points and five rebounds against Loyola, while Curley followed with 11.

Geckeler will continue to call on her young players as they prepare for a six-game road trip, including tough games against Louisiana State University and Lehigh Nov. 27-28. Geckeler is optimistic they can win both games.

“We’re young,” she said. “Anything can happen.”


Perry Green

AFRO Sports Editor