Howard (8-9, 4-2 MEAC) vs. Bethune-Cookman (7-10, 3-3 MEAC)
Date: Monday, January 25
Place: Burr Gymnasium, Washington, D.C.
Series: Howard leads 40-9
Live Stats: http://howard.hbculivestats.com/wbball/xlive.htm
Howard enters Monday's contest with an 8-9 (4-2 MEAC) mark. The Lady Bison took down Florida A&M in OT, 69-68 on Jan. 23 while Bethune-Cookman (7-10, 3-3 MEAC) were downed by Hampton 81-44 in its last time out on Saturday.
Freshman Saadia Doyle had a team-high 23 points to go along with 12 rebounds in the win over the Rattlers while Kara Smith and Cheyenne Curley-Payne added 14 and 13 points, respectively.
Sarah Bolden and Porche Anderson paced BCU with 10 points apiece in the loss to the Pirates. Demetria Frank (5) and Parress Davis (5) led the team in rebounding.
Bethune-Cookman is 7-10 (3-3 MEAC) with conference wins over Norfolk State, Delaware State and Maryland Eastern Shore. Demetria Frank is averaging 12.7 points per game while Jalisa Isaacs (10.9 ppg), Euneisha Proctor (9.2 ppg) and Sarah Bolden (9.2 ppg) round out the scoring for the Lady Wildcats. Bolden is tops on the team with 8.1 rebounds per game and Proctor pulls down 7.1 boards per game.
Bethune-Cookman is coached by Vanessa Inge, who is in her 2nd season at BCU. She has a 132-152 record in 10 years as a head coach.
Freshman Saadia Doyle (5-11, F) has posted double-doubles in 11 of 17 games this season, a feat that puts her 6th in the NCAA rankings at press time. The Atlanta, Ga. native is averaging 16.5 points and 11.4 rebounds per outing and was named the MEAC Rookie of the Week four times this season. A warrior on the boards, her rebounds per game total ranks 7th highest in the NCAA. Her 22 rebounds vs. Coppin State is the fifth highest total in the NCAA this season.
Freshmen Nicole Deterville (6-1, F/C) and Portia Deterville (6-1, F/C) are the first set of twins to play under the Coach G era. Nicole and Portia join teammate Amanda Edwards (6-0, F) from Toronto, Canada and are mainstays in the Bison frontcourt.
Get ‘Em Next Year
Newcomers Jerelle Gorham (Durham, N.C./Hillside H.S.) and Cabria Johnson (Upper Marlboro, Md./Elizabeth Seton H.S.) will sit out the 2009-10 season. Gorham is a 5-8 guard and Johnson is a 5-11 forward.
Zykia Brown was named the MEAC Player of the Week on Dec. 14 after posting 23 points and nine rebounds against George Mason. Saadia Doyle was named the MEAC Rookie of the Week four times this season (Dec. 17, Dec. 21, Dec. 30 and Jan. 25).
Brown Nets 1,000 Points
Zykia Brown joined the 1,000 club in the Bison's win over Norfolk State on Jan. 18. She was the 15th player in women's basketball history to accomplish that feat.
Bison Ink Eight for 2009-10
Howard is one of the youngest squads in the nation with eight freshmen. Cheyenne Curley-Payne, Kara Smith, Cabria Johnson, Jerelle Gorham, Tamoria Holmes, Julee' O'Neal, Portia Deterville and Nicole Deterville were all welcomed to the Mecca this year.
The Lady Bison travel to Maryland Eastern Shore on Saturday, Jan. 30 in a Coaches vs. Cancer game. Game time against the Lady Hawks is slated for 2 p.m. at Hytche Athletic Center.
Injury Report/Inactive List
Out Probable Questionable
India Bradford (torn MCL) Amanda Edwards (ankle sprain) Zykia Brown (ankle sprain)