Written by Julee O'Neal, W. Basketball, Broadcast Journalism '13
Norfolk, Va.---January 9--- Saadia Doyle finished with a game-best 25 points (10-18 from the field) while Zykia Brown and Tamoria Holmes tallied a total of 36 points to lead Howard to a 23 point win, 73-50 over the Norfolk State Spartans at Echols Hall.
After NSU's 4-0 lead, Howard's Doyle put HU on the scoreboard by scoring its first nine points to start a 24-10 run before the break. The Bison went into half-time with a comfortable 33-16 cushion over the Spartans.
Halftime Notes: Howard owned the paint by outscoring NSU 10-2. The Bison also outscored the Spartans bench 11-4 and forced them into 14 turnovers.
To start the last 20 minutes of action, Howard's Doyle made a layup to spread the lead to 19, 35-16. The Spartans tried to battle back but the Bison held their own by maintaining a comfortable double-digit margin for the rest of regulation.
For Howard, Cheyenne Curley-Payne recorded a career-high of 11 assists, five steals and four rebounds on the night. Brown and Doyle both dug-out six rebounds to contribute to tonight's victory.
Whitney Long led NSU with 14 points in 28 minutes of action, while Rae Corbo pitched in with 12 points. Rachel Gordon finished with nine points and a game-high of 10 off the glass.
With the win, the Bison improve to 11-6 on the season, and 3-1 in the MEAC.
Game Notes: HU went a perfect 15-15 from the charity-stripe.
Howard will be back in action on Saturday, Jan 14 to take on the NC A&T Aggies at 2 p.m. in… The Burr.