WASHINGTON, DC – Three players reached double figures as the Howard women's basketball team convincingly defeated the University at Buffalo, 81-57, on Dec. 20. This marks the widest margin of victory this year for the Lady Bison, and a season-high in points scored. With the win, the Lady Bison extend their win streak to five and improve to 6-5 on the season.
Tamoria Holmes led all scorers with a game-best 26 points on 10-of-21 shooting (47 percent) from the field. Saadia Doyle notched her sixth double-double of the season with 25 points and 11 boards in 37 minutes of action. Zykia Brown tallied 15 points and four rebounds. Cheyenne Curley-Payne chipped in with nine points, six rebounds, and dished out seven assists.
The Lady Bison got off to a fast start – opening up regulation with 11 unanswered points. Three consecutive three-pointers gave UB its first points of the half and cut HU's lead to 14-9 by the 12:17 mark. The Bison and the Bulls battled over the proceeding seven-plus minutes, with Howard maintaining its advantage. Buffalo got to within four, 24-20, off a pair at the line by Brittney Hedderson at 5:27. A Holmes three sparked a 12-5 run for the Bison to end the first 20 minutes for a 36-25 cushion.
Buffalo opened up scoring in the second stint with a quick three by Hedderson – her first of four in the half. Another shot from behind the arc by Nicki Hopkins cut it to 36-31. HU answered by scoring seven straight unanswered points to push the margin back to double-digits 43-31, and never looked back. The Lady Bison led by as many as 26 (72-46) at the 4:40 mark.
As a team, Howard controlled the glass 40-30, and scored 26 points off 24 UB miscues. The Lady Bison shot 42.6 percent (29-for-68) from the floor, while holding the Bulls to a 39 percent clip (29-for-49).
For the Bulls, Hopkins led her team with 18 points off 6-of-9 shooting (66 percent) from behind the arc. Hedderson had 17, going 5-for-15 (33 percent), including 4-of-8 (50 percent) from three-point land.