Seniors Shine In Win Over Hampton
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Tamaya Daniels and Zykia Brown each scored 17 points and Morgan Neal added 13 as Howard University cruised to an easy 69-49 win over Hampton University in a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference women's game at Burr Gymnasium. It was Senior Night for the Lady Bison and the regular season finale for both teams as they gear up for next week's tournament, which gets underway on Tuesday at the Lawrence Joel Coliseum in Winston-Salem, N.C.
Howard (8-21 overall, 7-9 MEAC) bolted out to an early lead and managed to keep the Lady Pirates (13-15 overall, 9-7 MEAC) at bay by taking a 28-21 lead to the locker room. Seniors Neal and Daniels, along with Brown, combined to score 17 of their team's points.
"We talked about playing for the seniors," said Howard first year head coach Niki Reid Geckeler. "The team rallied around them. Tamaya was powerful on the inside. Morgan crashed the boards and hit some big shots."
Daniels hit on 8-of-11 from the field while Neal connected on 5-of-9.
Hampton had problems getting scoring from its starters and they suffered a poor shooting performance with 32 percent for the game, including a frigid 1-for-13 from beyond the stripe.
The Lady Bison, on the other hand shot almost 50 percent overall and an impressive 9-of-18 from the three-point line.
"We want to begin a new legacy of playing hard," said Daniels, who hit the first three pointer of her career. "We want folks to know that this is the new HU."
Brown, who did not start for the first time this season because five seniors started, continues to make a strong statement as she establishes herself as one of the premier players in the MEAC. The 5-8 sophomore made good on half her shots (6-of-12). It was her play at the beginning of the second half that fueled a 21-9 run that all but put the game away.
"Ending the season with two straight wins is great," said Brown. "We want to go into the MEAC tournament having teams not wanting to play us."
Sharella Leslie came off the Hampton bench to score a team-high 15 points while Bernadette Fortune tallied 10 as the only starter to reach double figures.
GAME NOTES: The point guard tandem of Jalisa Pullins and India Bradford both made solid contributions...While Pullins did not score, she handed out a career-high eight assists and Bradford scored two baskets in nine minutes...Freshman Natalie Day was a force on the boards as she led all players with nine.
NEXT UP: Both teams will await their seedings which will be announced tomorrow.