Senior Leola Spotwood scored a team-high 19 points, but Saadia Doyle had 26 points and 15 rebounds, leading Howard to a 67-54 victory over host Coppin State in the Eagles' Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference women's basketball home opener Monday.
Spotwood finished the game 8-for-18 from the field and added six steals and four rebounds, but the Eagles could not contain Doyle.
Doyle was 9-for-17 from the field and 6-for-6 from the free-throw line as the Bison improved to 7-6 overall and 2-0 in the MEAC.
The Bison also received 18 points from Kara Smith and 14 assists from Cheyenne Curley-Payne.
Shawntae Payne added 11 points, including shooting 3-of-3 from the 3-point line, for Coppin (4-11, 0-2 MEAC).
Howard shot 45.3 percent from the field, including 53.6 percent in the second half, and outrebounded the Eagles 41-29.
The Bison used a late run to secure the victory. A layup by Imani Bailey gave Howard a 60-50 lead with 3:08 to play, but the Eagles answered with back-to-back baskets by Spotwood and Kyra Coleman to cut the lead to 60-54 with 2:25 remaining. Smith then ignited a 7-0 closing run with a 3-pointer that extended the lead to 63-54 with 2:08 left.
Howard jumped out to a big early lead and led 15-4 when Bailey hit a 3-pointer with 12:04 to play in the first half. Coppin State then responded with a 14-4 run, led by three 3-pointers by Payne, to cut the lead to 19-18 with 3:46 remaining in the opening half. Doyle increased the lead to 21-18 with a jumper, but Janelle Lane answered for Coppin State to trim the lead to 21-20 with 3:04 to play.
Howard closed the first half on an 8-2 run to take a 29-22 lead into halftime.
Coppin State returns to action Saturday when it hosts Savannah State in a MEAC game at 2 p.m.
Fairleigh Dickinson 69, Mount St. Mary's 60, OT: The Knights (7-6, 2-0 Northeast Conference) scored the final nine points to end the Mountaineers' five-game winning streak in home conference games.
Jacqueline Brewer paced the Mount (5-8, 1-1) with a career-high 25 points and nine rebounds. Kayla Grossett added 11 points and eight rebounds in the loss off the bench.
Stevenson 74, Albright 59: Senior Sam Murray (St. Paul's) scored a season-best and game-high 16 points as host Stevenson extended its home winning streak to four with a victory over the Lions (6-7, 2-4 Middle Atlantic Conference).
Murray added four rebounds, three steals, a block and an assist for Stevenson (5-4, 2-4).
Joining Murray in double figures were Harmon with 11 points and sophomore Kayleigh Guzek with 10. Sophomore Kayla Kelly (Centennial) tied her career high in steals with four.
McDaniel 82, Penn State-Brandywine 61: An 18-7 first-half run gave the Green Terror its first double-digit lead en route to an easy victory over the Lions (7-5).
Tyler Rudd (Glen Burnie) led a balanced attack for McDaniel (8-5) with 16 points. Four other players reached double figures for the hosts. Nic Martin and Tim Jarosinski (Towson) added 13 points each off the bench, while Phillip Perry (Annapolis Area Christian) added 12 and Duane Echols (Hammond) had 10.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun