The Howard University Bison women’s basketball team fell to the North Carolina A&T State University Aggies, 63-55, on Jan. 21, snapping a five-game win streak for the Lady Bison.

The loss to N.C. A&T dropped Howard (7-9, 3-1 MEAC) to fifth place in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) standings.


Howard junior Te’Shya Heslip scored a team-high 16 points against the Aggies, marking the 15th time she scored double digits in points this season. But, unlike the victories the Bison claimed during their winning streak, Heslip was the only Bison player to score double figures against N.C. A&T. Howard’s wins came in large part because several different players would score at least 10 or more points for the Bison.

For example, in Howard’s 66-58 win over Coppin State on Jan. 16, four Bison players scored double figures, including junior forward Erin Blaine, who finished with 16 points, senior forward Sydni Johnson with 14, senior guard Jasmine Hill with 13, and Heslip with 14.

On Jan. 14, five Howard players scored double digits to beat University of Maryland-Eastern Shore, including every player mentioned above, plus freshman guard Sarah Edmond, who made five three-pointers that game.

But against the Aggies, no one other than Heslip got going offensively as Edmond scored just nine points, Johnson had just eight points and Blaine and Hill added just six points each. The team shot just 32 percent from the field.

Howard will need to keep its balanced offensive attack going if it hopes to get another win streak started.

Next: the Bison will head back to North Carolina to take on N.C. Central on Monday, Jan. 23. Howard then hosts Savannah State on Jan. 28 in Washington, D.C.


Perry Green

AFRO Sports Editor