WASHINGTON, D.C.—Nationally-ranked assist leader and senior guard Cheyenne Curley-Payne guided the Howard University Lady Bison with 12 assists on Feb. 2 with a 53-41 win over the Savannah State University (SSU) Lady Tigers in Burr Gymnasium.
The Lady Bison opened the contest with two consecutive three pointers to take a 6-0 lead.
SSU brought the lead within one after sophomore guard Jasmine Norman dropped in a three-pointer.
Howard quickly suppressed the Lady Tiger's offense on a seven-minute 13-2 run, for a 13-point 20-7 lead at the 9:32 mark.
Savannah State closed the margin to eight points at the 3:57 mark. Howard went on a 9-0 run to end the first 20 minutes of action with a score of 33-16.
Following the halftime intermission, the Lady Bison reached a 20-point lead by the 14:54 mark.
SSU broke through the Howard dominance on an 8-0 run. But SSU’s efforts were futile, as Howard maintained its double-figure lead to the final buzzer and secured a 53-41 victory.
While senior guard Saadia Doyle led in points with 16, Curley-Payne distributed a season-high 12 assists, scored 11 points, pulled down a team-high eight rebounds and finished with three steals. She ranks among the top 30 women in assists nationally.
Statistically, HU shot 73 percent from the free-throw line (8-of-11), 32 percent from the field (20-of-62) and 25 percent from long range (5-of-20).
HU continues the four-game Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) home stint with the South Carolina State University Lady Bulldogs on Feb. 4 at 5:30 p.m. in Burr Gymnasium on the Howard University campus.
The Lady Bulldogs are 12-6 overall, 4-2 in the MEAC and 5-4 on the road. Howard advances to 12-8 overall, 6-2 in the conference and 6-1 in Burr Gymnasium.