DAYTONA BEACH, FLA. - Saadia Doyle scored 14 of her 18 points in the second half and Zykia Brown added 17 as Howard defeated Bethune-Cookman (BCU), 59-53 on Monday evening at the Ocean Center. The win pushed HU to 9-5 in the MEAC and into a fourth-place tie with BCU in league standings.
Howard (14-12, 9-5 MEAC) has won two-straight road games and has won three of the past four games overall.
Brown was 6-for-12 from the field and 2-for-2 from long range, while Doyle connected on 6-for-6 from the charity stripe. Doyle also pulled down 11 rebounds for her 17th double-double of the season. Cheyenne Curley-Payne contributed eight points, four rebounds, three steals and two assists for the Lady Bison. The freshman also inked four free-throws in the final 20 seconds to help seal the win for HU.
Demetria Frank and Jasmine Daniels scored 13 and 11 for the Wildcats, respectively, and Euneshia Proctor finished with 11 points Bethune-Cookman (14-12, 9-5 MEAC). BCU entered the game with five consecutive home victories and seven of eight overall.
Howard scored 10 unanswered points to open the second half, but the Wildcats slowly chipped away at the lead and took a three-point advantage with 8:29 left in the contest. A pair of free-throws by Brown at 8:05 spurred a 12-0 lead by the Bison, however, and the Howard lead was back in double digits with just over three minutes left.
HU returns to action on Saturday at 2 p.m., hosting Maryland Eastern Shore at Burr Gym.