State: Howard women top Morgan on free throws

The Howard women's basketball team finished the game shooting 11-for-15 (73.3 percent) from the foul line to take down host Morgan State, 64-55, on Monday.

The Bison (17-7 overall, 9-2 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) changed their offense to an inside-outside game after going an entire first half without touching the free-throw line and shooting 2-for-10 from behind the arc.


Howard was paced by Saadia Doyle, who scored a game-high 26 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Tamoria Holmes recorded 20 points, dished out four assists, and recorded three swipes steals.

Howard guard Cheyenne Curley-Payne finished with a team-best 10 assists, while Zykia Brown contributed 10 points, five boards rebounds, three assists and just one turnover in 31 minutes of action. Inside the paint, Nicole Deterville pulled down seven off the glass for the night.

Morgan State's Omara Parker (Towson University, Annapolis) finished with a team-high 21 points, shooting 8-for-13 from the field, while Amarah Williams had a solid night, adding 12 points and seven rebounds for the Bears (6-17, 3-7).

UMES 62, Norfolk State 58, OT: The host Hawks (8-13, 5-4 MEAC) ended the second half on a 17-2 run to force overtime and then prevailed in the extra session.

The Spartans (9-13, 4-7) had a 15-point lead midway through the second half and looked to be headed to their second win in a row before UMES rallied. The Hawks held the Spartans to just one field goal in the last 10 minutes of regulation and no points in the last 61/2 minutes.

Despite the long scoring drought by the Spartans, the Hawks still had to erase a 10-point deficit in the last two minutes of regulation. Kwinnyata Mercer got things going for UMES with a 3-pointer, and Adobi Agbasi hit a free throw and a layup to get the Hawks to within four with 1:28 left. Jessica Long and Chelsea Sanders then hit back-to-back buckets five seconds apart, the latter with just 39.6seconds left, to tie the score at 52.

The Spartans failed to convert on their end of the floor and advanced to overtime only after UMES' Amber Cook missed both free throws with 3.4 seconds left in the second half.

Tyisha Bridges and Long were the only two players in double figures for the Spartans with 12 points each. Trice added nine points, eight rebounds, eight assists and three steals, while sophomore Rachel Gordon contributed nine points and nine rebounds on the night.

Agbasi added 22 points, 11 rebounds and eight blocks, while no other UMES player besides Sanders and Agbasi had more than five points. UMES hit just one of 18 attempts from 3-point range for the game and shot 22-for-72 overall.

Norfolk State converted 23 of 53 attempts from the floor for the game (43.4 percent) but just 36 percent in the second half.

Mount St. Mary's 80, Robert Morris 75: The visiting Colonials (12-11, 6-6 Northeast Conference) launched a late comeback effort, but the Mount (9-14, 5-7) proved to be too much.

Jessie Kaufman led the Mount with 16 points, while Ashley Christie tallied 10.

York 70, McDaniel 49: A quick start and a 10-0 second-half run led the Spartans to a nonconference victory over the Green Terror.

Emma Wingerd paced McDaniel (9-13) with nine points, seven rebounds and four blocked shots, while Rachael Rybak (Franklin) added eight points.


Brittany Hicks scored 20 points to lead the Spartans (18-3), who had lost their 11 previous home games to the Green Terror. April Sparkman and Kristen Haley each added 15 points.


Howard 54, Morgan State 46: Prince Okoroh scored 14 points as the Bison (6-18, 3-8 MEAC) ended an eight-game losing streak to the Bears (5-16, 3-7).

Howard outscored Morgan 14-6 over the final 5:11, getting 11 of those points on free throws.

Okoroh gave the Bison a 30-25 lead with two layups at the start of the second half. After two Morgan State free throws, Bears coach Todd Bozeman substituted for his entire lineup.

DeWayne Jackson led Morgan State with 10 points, all in the first half. He did not play after the early second-half substitutions.

Norfolk State 72, UMES 60: Chris McEachin matched his career high with 20 points while Kyle O'Quinn added 18 to help the Spartans (17-8, 9-2 MEAC) set the school's single-season Division I wins record.

Hillary Haley paced UMES (5-17, 2-7) with 20 points.