Princess Anne, MD—February 26--Saadia Doyle became only the second player in Howard University history to score 1,000 points in their second season of competition, but it was overshadowed by the efforts of Maryland Eastern Shore's Casey Morton, who tallied eight of her team's last 10 points en route to a 53-50 win in a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference women's game at the Hytche Activity Center.
With 3:56 remaining in the first half, Doyle sneaked inside the Hawks' defense for her 1,000 and 1,001th points. The Lady Bison (13-16, 9-6 in the MEAC) held a 26-23 lead at the half on the strength of Doyle's 9 points. Former Lady Bison standout and MEAC all-time leading scorer Alisha Hill is the only other player in the school history to accomplish this feat.
Howard had several opportunities to put some distance between them and UMES in the second half, holding an 8-point advantage on five different occasions. But each time, the Lady failed to capitalize, allowing the Lady Hawks would do just enough to keep within striking distance.
Doyle, who finished with a game-high 18 points, kept the hosts at bay from the free throw line, where she converted on all 5 attempts in the second half. Tamoria Holmes picked up some of the scoring slack with 8 of her 12 after intermission.
UMES (9-18 overall, 6-8 in the MEAC) was able to draw to a 45-all tie on the strength of 12 Lady Bison turnovers that were converted into 9 points.
At that point, Morton proved to be the difference, knocking down a big three pointer with the shot clock winding down to give her team a 48-45 advantage. She would then go on to convert 5 of from the charity stripe to 6 to stop Howard's 3-game win streak.
Morton led the Lady Hawks with 14 while Chelsea Sanders and Amber Cook added 11 and 10, respectively.
Doyle finished with a double-double of 18 points and 11, Holmes chipped in with 12 and Cheyenne Curley Payne added 10 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists in a losing cause.