The women’s basketball team of Howard University won its first game of the season, advancing to 1-3 overall on the season, after winning a 60-58 nail-biter against the University of Detroit in the Preseason Women’s National Invitational Tournament (WNIT) on Nov. 19 in Akron, Ohio. The victory follows a two-game losing streak by the Lady Bison to open the season.
Howard juniors Saadia Doyle and Tamoria Holmes combined for 41 of the team’s 60 points in the tight contest. Doyle recorded her first double-double of the season, scoring a game-high 22 points with 10 rebounds. She also hit the game-winning jumper as time expired. Holmes added 19 points, six assists, and five steals.
Detroit (0-3 overall) was led by Shareta Brown with a double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds, while her teammate Chanahl Putman followed with 13 points; Yar Shayok added 11 points and nine rebounds despite the loss.
The Lady Bison will try to earn another win when they travel to Baltimore to take on Loyola on Nov. 27.
Meanwhile, Howard’s men basketball team will take on William & Mary University at Burr Gymnasium on Nov. 26. The Bison (1-3 overall) are coming off a 53-43 loss to Old Dominion in Norfolk State played on Nov. 16.
The Bison led, 20-15 over OD at halftime, thanks to strong early play by freshmen Simuel Frazier and Mike Phillips, who each scored six points in the first half. But OD turned it on in the second half, while shutting Howard down offensively.
Phillips and Frazier both finished with 10 points each. Chris Copper led OD with 13 points, while Marquel DeLancey followed with 11 points for his team. Dimitri Batten added nine points in the win over Howard.