Howard University’s women’s basketball team snapped their seven-game losing skid by winning against two Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference opponents this week.

The Lady Bison (5-13 overall, 2-3 MEAC) first ended their losing funk on Jan. 15 by beating the North Carolina A&T Lady Aggies, 69-53, at Burr Gymnasium. Howard head coach Niki Geckeler called it one of the better performances from her team all season.

“The difference between this conference game and the last two is the fact that the team was able to stay poised,” said Geckeler. “They were focused from start to finish. We were able to maintain our composure throughout the game.”

Howard followed up with another impressive home performance on Jan. 17 by crushing Norfolk State, 65-43.

Lady Bison’s Tamoria Holmes scored a career-high 22 points against the Lady Spartans, while star Saadia Doyle followed with 17 points. Doyle had led recorded a double-double against North Carolina A&T on Jan. 15 with a game-high 29 points and 15 rebounds. Cheyenne Curley-Payne also contributed to Howard’s success during their two-game winning streak, scoring 21 points and six assists against the Lady Aggies, and scoring 13 points with eight assists against Norfolk State.

“Cheyenne has done a great job as a leader,” coach Geckeler said of her sophomore point-guard. “Everyone is able to feed off of her.”

Howard will see its next MEAC action on Jan. 22 with a road trip to Florida A&M University.


Perry Green

AFRO Sports Editor