Written by Julee' O'Neal, W. Basketball, Broadcast Journalism '13
South Orange, N.J---December 28--- Saadia Doyle and Tamoria Holmes completed the game with a combined total of 43 points to guide the Howard Women's Basketball team to a 19 point victory (63-44) over the Seton Hall Pirates (7-7) on Dec. 28.
To jump into a great match, Howard (7-5) came out on fire with six straight points. Jasmine Crew ended the Bison run with a trey at the 17:33 mark. The Pirates did not let up as they continued to go toe-to-toe with HU. HU continued to gain momentum as it put up an 11-2 run to increase the margin to 29-13 by the 3:17 mark. To end the first 20 minute segment, HU held the advantage with a 31-19 cushion over SHU.
Halftime notes: The Lady Bison went 4-4, from the free throw line, out-rebounded Seton Hall 17-16 and forced the Pirates into 12 turnovers.
Seton Hall opened up the second period with an 8-5 run. Sparked by a Doyle layup, Howard answered with a 14-2 run of its own to give the Bison its widest margin of the game, 50-29 at 11:17. Doyle scored 10 of the Bison's 14 points during the run. The Pirates would not recover from the deficit. With the victory, HU captured its sixth straight win of the season, and remains undefeated in the month of December.
Holmes tallied a game-high 23 points – including 15 of them in the first half. Doyle notched 20 points and six boards, while Cheyenne Curley-Payne dished out a game best eight assist. Zykia Brown pitched in with nine boards off the bench and six points.
The Pirates were led by Crew who tallied 13 points for the night. Tajay Ashmeade pulled down a game high of 14 off the glass.
Game notes: HU held SHU's leading scorer, Crew, to 13 points after averaging 19 prior to the game. SHU went 4-18 (22 percent) from behind the arc and 16-51 (31 percent) from the field. Howard dominated the Pirates in fast break points, 18-2. HU also owned the paint by outscoring Seton Hall 24-12. The Bison won the battle of the boards, 39-31.
The Bison look to continue their streak and end December undefeated, as they travel to Teaneck, N. J. to face Fairleigh Dickinson on Dec 30. The match is slated for 7 p.m.