Tamoria Holmes joined teammates Saadia Doyle and Zykia Brown in the elite 1,000th point club as Howard (22-7 overall, 14-2 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference record) defeated Delaware State 67-52 in its regular season finale.

The victory gives the Lady Bison the most wins in a season since 1997-98 when they went 23-7.

For the game, Holmes finished with 23 points, three rebounds, and two steals in 40 minutes of action. She is tied for fifth place on the all-time steal list with 176 behind future MEAC Hall-of-Famer Alisha Hill. Doyle collected her 13th double-double of the season with 17 points and 11 boards. The Atlanta, Ga. native is now second on the all-time scoring list with 1,603 points – Hill holds the record with 2,179.

Cheyenne Curley-Payne chipped in with nine points, five assists, and pulled down five off the glass. The 5-5 junior is now third on the all-time assist list behind Felicia Oliver with 218.

HU, who was held to just a 30 percent shooting clip (18-of-60), went a season-best 26-for-29 (89.7 percent) from the charity stripe – including a 22-for-24 mark in the second half. The Lady Bison scored 23-points off second-chance opportunities, and recorded 28 points off 22 Hornet mishaps. HU also won the battle on the glass, 37-32.

India Bradford hit a huge three for Howard, to tie the score at 28-28 heading into the half. DSU opened up scoring in the second 20 with a quick layup by Tasia Bristow within the first minute of play. From there, the lead changed hands three times over an eight-minute span.

Ignited by a Holmes fast break layup, the Lady Bison went on an 8-0 run to give Howard a slim 37-44 cushion at the 9:53 mark. Two at the stripe by Bristow cut it to 44-39, but six-straight unanswered points by HU pushed the spread to 50-39 with 6:11 remaining in regulation.

Holmes’ 1,000th point came from a trey at the 4:55 mark to give the Lady Bison a 55-43 advantage. The Hornets tried to climb their way back into the game, but could not break the double-digit deficit. DSU cut it to 62-52 by a pair at the line from Uchechi Ahaiwe with 59 seconds left, but HU ended regulation with a 5-0 run en-route to its 67-52 victory.

For Delaware State, Keyanna Tate and Briscow both tallied 13 points. Tierra Hawkins finished with 10 points, while Uchechi chipped in with six.

With tonight’s win, Howard will finish second place in the MEAC behind Hampton, and will await the pairings for the upcoming MEAC tournament.


Jamilah Corbitt

Special to the AFRO