Second Half Spurt Lifts Maryland Over Howard
COLLEGE PARK, MD. - Maryland outscored Howard 40-23 in the second half en route to a 79-51 victory over the Lady Bison Friday night at Comcast Center. Junior Zykia Brown led all scorers with a game-high 18 points.
Maryland improved to 5-1 with the win but the Terps found themselves locked in a tie game late in the first half.
"I think Thanksgiving dinner was a little bit too kind to us for the first 30 minutes of the game," Maryland coach Brenda Frese said. "It was a very sluggish start. Howard came out with great intensity and drive."
The Bison scored the game's first two baskets and used a 9-3 run to take a 14-13 lead midway through the first half. It was 18-all before Lori Bjork hit a jumper for UMD and a 3-pointer, but Howard answered with two straight field goals to keep the pressure on.
Maryland took control by closing the first half with a 13-2 run. Bjork and Kim Rodgers contributed 3-pointers to the surge, and the Terrapins held HU without a field goal over the final 3:40.
Tianna Hawkins opened the second half with a jumper for UMD, igniting another 13-2 spurt that boosted Maryland's lead to 52-30.
Redshirt freshman Saadia Doyle had 16 points and 12 rebounds for Howard, her fourth double-double in five games.
Tamoria Holmes added eight points and a team-high four assists off the bench.
Howard travels to Radford for a matchup against Highlanders on Sunday.