Written by Ariel V. Germain, Assistant Sports Information Director
Howard at North Carolina Central
DURHAM, N.C. (www.howard-bison.com) – January 21 – The Howard University women's basketball team extended its Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference win streak to three games with a 56-30 win over the Lady Eagles of North Carolina Central University on Monday, Jan. 21 in the McDougald-McLendon Gymnasium on the NCCU campus.
Senior standout Saadia Doyle led the squad with 24 points, while Kara Smith contributed 14 points to the offense. Cheyenne Curley-Payne finished with eight points and nine assists, as Doyle pulled down seven rebounds and Nicole Deterville blocked five NCCU shots.
As a unit, Howard shot 48 percent from the field, 29 percent from the long range and 40 percent from the free-throw line.
The mighty blue and white dominated the contest within the first six minutes of play, as they held NCCU scoreless until the 14:12 mark, with a score of 14-0.
The Lady Eagles put a point on the scoreboard at the 13:09 mark with a single free-throw at the 13:09 mark.
Howard continued its surge with a 6-1 run for a score of 20-1 at the 9:30 mark.
On a 9-8 maroon and gray run, NCCU reached double-figures, 28-10. The North Carolina host continued to score as they finished the first half on a 6-4 run, for a 16-point HU margin lead, 32-16 at the end of the first half.
Howard quickly extended the margin lead to 20 by the 16:39 mark of the second half and reached a night-high 26 margin lead on three occasions prior to the final 26-point 56-30 win.
Howard advances to 10-7 on the season and 5-1 in the MEAC.
HU steps away from conference play and heads to New Jersey, to take on New Jersey Institute of Technology on Thursday, Jan. 24 in Newark, N.J.
For more information on Howard Women's Basketball, visit the official athletics website at www.howard-bison.com.