Written by Ariel V. Germain, Assistant Sports Information Director
DAYTONA BEACH, FLA. (www.howard-bison.com) –February 18 – The Howard University Lady Bison 61-27 victory over the Lady Wildcats of Bethune-Cookman was full record-breaking action on Monday, Feb. 18 in Daytona Beach, Fla., at the Moore Gymnasium.
At the 11:23 mark of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference matchup, senior Saadia Doyle became the all-time leading scorer at Howard University, which also made her the all-time leading scorer in the MEAC.
In addition to Doyle's lifetime achievement, the Lady Bison defense held another opponent to single figures over a substantial amount of playing time, holding B-CU to single digits until the 16:48 mark of the second-half.
To become the all-time scoring record at Howard, and within MEAC, Doyle had to surpass Alisha Hill former Howard and MEAC scoring leader.
In the first-half of competition, Bethune-Cookman only scored one field goal, with the remaining four points coming from the free-throw line, holding B-CU to a 25-point 31-6 deficit at the half.
"They gave a tremendous defensive effort tonight," said head women's basketball coach Niki Reid Geckeler. "Our defense is the cornerstone of our program and its continues to be successful."
In spite of a change to the Lady Wildcats second-half starters, Howard remained offensively and defensively strong, reaching a 31-point margin lead by the 10:20 mark of the second half for a score of 48-17.
The mighty blue and white continued their success until the final buzzer, as HU sealed the 10th conference win, 61-27.
MEAC leading scorer Doyle, led the team with 22 points, while Kara Smith followed with 15 points. Both Doyle and Smith shared the rebounding effort, with the senior pair pulling down seven boards apiece. Cheyenne Curley-Payne led the squad with seven assists, as Imani Bailey guided the Lady Bison in steals with three.
Howard shot 41 percent from the field (22-54), 31 percent from the three-point range and 75 percent from the charity stripe.
HU now advances to 16-9 overall, 10-3 in the MEAC, 8-2 at home, and 8-7 on the road.
The Lady Bison return to Burr Gymnasium to host Coppin State University on Saturday, Feb. 23 at 2:00 p.m. in Washington, D.C.