Howard Drops Season Opener To Navy
Washington, D.C. - Navy parlayed a 17-5 second half run and some near perfect free throw shooting to defeat Howard, 59-49 in a non-conference women's game at Burr Gymnasium. The loss spoiled the debut of Howard Coach Niki Reid Geckeler.
The Lady Bison (0-1) held a 27-22 lead at the half on the scoring of Morgan Neal's nine points.
But the Mids (1-1), led by Whitney Davidson, who tallied 10 of her 15 points after intermission and Angela Myers, who scored all of her 10 in the second half, seized control of the game. They both scored three-point field goals, but most of their damage was done at the foul line where they combined for 13 of 14 from the charity stripe.
"I thought we gave a very good effort," said Geckeler, who served as assistant coach at Georgetown before being named head coach at Howard. "We focused on playing together."
She continued. "I'm sure Navy had 20 points off free throws. They made theirs and we didn't. We must improve from the line."
Howard got strong play from sophomore Zykia Brown and freshman guard India Bradford, who combined for 16 points. But the Lady Bison post players got into early foul trouble and it affected the outcome of the game.
"We got into foul trouble early with a lot of reaching in and over the back fouls," said Coach Geckeler. "We have to play smarter."
Navy, which had a game under its belt, appeared to play with a lot more confidence in the second half, running their offense and drawing fouls on the Lady Bison, who are trying to find themselves under a new coach.
"I thought we played well in the first half on defense," said Geckeler. "This is a learning process. We just need to put two halves together and hit out free throws."
Davidson led Navy with 15 points and Myers finished with 12 and 9 rebounds.
NEXT UP: Howard will look to get its first win under Coach Geckeler on Wednesday when it travels to local foe American University.