Bison Rally from a 13-Point Deficit; Defeat Radford 44-39
RADFORD, VA. - Zykia Brown converted a 3-point play with 1:03 left in regulation and Howard rallied from a 13-point deficit to defeat Radford 44-39 Sunday afternoon at the Dedmon Center.
Brown's jumper and free-throw gave HU a one-point advantage with 1:03 left to play, Howard's first lead of the game.
Kymesha Alston's free-throws put the Highlanders up by one with 47.9 remaining, but the lead was short lived after Saadia Doyle knocked down a jumper with 29 seconds left.
The win was sealed for HU after Brown hit a pair of shots from the free-throw line with 21 seconds remaining, giving the Bison a 3-point lead at 42-39. Doyle later converted a pair of free-throws as time expired for the 44-39 win.
The first half saw Howard fall behind by double digits but the Bison cut the lead down to seven at the break thanks to a 7-0 run midway thru the stanza.
Brown made a four-point play in the second half and HU trailed by four with 10:04 left to play. Doyle's layup closed Howard within two points of the lead with just over five minutes left.
Doyle led all scorers with a game-high 17 points and 11 rebounds, her fifth double-double in six games. Brown finished with 15 points and eight rebounds, while Amanda Edwards pulled down seven boards.
Cheyenne Curley-Payne dished out a game-high three assists for the Lady Bison and Tamoria Holmes added four points, four rebounds, two assists and a game-high four steals on the defensive end.
Kaylyn Crosier's 11 points paced RU, who fell to 0-4 with the loss.
Howard (2-4) limited Radford to just five field goals in the second half and outscored RU 24-14 in the paint. HU also held a 16-7 advantage in second chance points.
The Lady Bison will look to make it two in a row on Saturday when it hosts Hampton in a 2 p.m. contest at Burr Gymnasium.