Written by Ariel V. Germain, Assistant Sports Information Director
WASHINGTON, D.C. (www.howard-bison.com) – The Howard University women's basketball team opens the season on Friday, Nov. 9 against St. Francis (Pa.) in Loretto, Pa., tip-off is slated for 7:00 p.m. in Degol Arena.
Lady Bison Bites
• Niki Reid Geckeler is in her fourth season as head coach
• She stands with career record of 65-63
• HU finished the season with 2011-12 season 24-9
• Finished second in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference
• Fell 59-56 OT to Virginia during the WNIT in 2012
Scouting Saint Francis (Pa.)
• Saint Francis (Pa.), located in Loretto, Pa., are members of Northeast Conference
• The Red Flash finished the 2011-12 season with a record of 14-16 (11-7 conference/3-9 non-conference)
• SFU opened the 2012-13 season with a 75-63 win over McGill on Nov. 3 in an exhibition contest
• Alli Williams guided the Red Flash with 23 points and 14 points
• Nickia Gibbs tallied 20 points
• Alexa Hayward notched 19 points
• Francoise Charest circulated five assists
• Friday's contest is SFU's first regular-season contest
Doyle on the Double
Senior Saadia Doyle was name Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Preseason Player of the Year for the second consecutive season. The honor was announced on Thursday, Nov. 1.
What Have You Heard about the Herd
Along with Doyle's accolades, the Lady Bison were predicted to finish first in the MEAC this 2012-13 season.
Among 340 mid-major Division I institutions in the country, the Lady Bison ranked 12th above Richmond (Atlantic 10), Harvard (Ivy) and Central Michigan (Mid-American) by "Full Court," the leading women's basketball website.
No. Name Ht. Yr. Pos. MPG PPG
10 Jerrelle Gorham 5-8 R-Jr. G 5.0 0.9
5 Cheyenne Curly-Payne 5-4 Sr. G 30.7 6.5
13 Saadia Doyle 5-10 Sr. G 35.7 17.1
32 Nicole Deterville 6-0 Sr. F 23.8 1.9
44 Kara Smith 6-0 Sr. F 21.0 4.3
For more information on Lady Bison Basketball or for up-to-date scores and statistics, visit the official website of Howard Athletics at www.howard-bison.com.