Sophomore center Victoria Gonzalez scored a career-high 24 points and eight rebounds, but her efforts weren’t enough as the Howard University Lady Bison fell to the College of Charleston Cougars, 79-68, in the second game of the University of Maryland Terrapin Basketball Classic on Dec. 28 at the Comcast Center in College Park, Md.

According to Howard University Sports Information, Charleston went on a 36-19 scoring run in the first half to push the lead out of the Lady Bison reach. Howard tried to make a comeback and matched Charleston’s 40 points scored in the second half, but the Cougars’ lead from the first half was insurmountable.

Senior Alyssa Frye scored a team-high 22 points and freshman Jasmine Carter scored 17 points for Charleston.

Despite the loss, Lady Bison head coach Tennille Adams told Howard Sports Information that she was proud of how Gonzalez played.

“This was the best game Victoria has played in her career,” Adams said. “She stepped up, put the team on her back and nearly willed us all the way to a win. We will be able to do some good things in conference if she continues to play like this.”

Howard freshman forward Sydni Johnson also scored a career-high 13 points along with 10 rebounds and graduate student forward Shavonne Duckett scored 10 points with eight rebounds.

The Lady Bison fell to 3-8 this season. They will face their first Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference MEAC action of the season on Jan. 2 in a home matchup against Delaware State at Burr Gymnasium in Washington, D.C.

Perry Green

AFRO Sports Editor