Howard Rally Falls Short Against North Carolina A&T
GREENSBORO, N.C. - Howard cut a 19-point deficit down to one with 13:17 remaining in the second half, but it was not enough as North Carolina A&T (NCAT) held off HU, 79-69 Saturday afternoon at Corbett Sports Center.
Charae' Baulkman's basket with 19:24 remaining in the second half keyed a 17-6 Bison run over the next six minutes. Saadia Doyle (seven points), Portia Deterville (four points) and Jalisa Pullins combined for 15 of Howard's 17 points during the spurt as HU slowly trimmed the Aggie lead down to single digits.
Deterville hit a pair of free-throws to close the deficit to 48-47 with 13:17 remaining and the Bison seemed poised to take its first lead of the game, but NCAT rattled off four straight points for the five-point lead at 11:37.
The Aggies (9-7, 4-0 MEAC) pushed the lead back to double-digits on a jumper by Lamona Smalley with 7:26 remaining. Ta'Wauna Cook, who scored 18 of her 29 points in the first half, hit a basket and the NCAT advantage ballooned to 13 with under four minutes left.
Howard (6-9, 2-2 MEAC) inked nine of its final 10 free-throws, but they would get no closer than nine as the Aggies held on for the 10-point win.
Doyle paced the Bison with 29 points and 14 points, her 10th double-double of the year. Zykia Brown contributed 15 points, four steals and three assists while Deterville had career highs in points (nine) and rebounds (eight). Kara Smith added eight points in 15 minutes off the bench.
Jaleesa Sams had 17 points and 15 rebounds for North Carolina A&T. Smalley chipped in 15 points and three assists.
Howard returns to action on Monday with a road matchup against Norfolk State. Game time at Echols Hall is slated for 6 pm.