Howard keeps NCCU winless

Jan. 21, 2013 @ 11:37 PM

Howard poked at N.C. Central's winless wound, aggravating the sore spot with a 56-30 road win in McDougald-McLendon Gymnasium on Monday.
It was a bad recipe from the beginning, NCCU playing without its best player in injured Chasidy Williams, while Howard got 24 points from Saadia Doyle, the preseason player of the year for the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.
The Eagles were shorthanded with just seven available players, but NCCU coach Vanessa Taylor after the game didn’t spend any time using that as an excuse.
Hustle – in particular, the lack thereof by the Eagles – was the issue, Taylor said.
“I expected us to come out a little bit more energized, with a better understanding of what we’re doing at this point in the season,” Taylor said. “Tonight, we just totally looked out of sync.”
It's not like NCCU just rolled over, Howard coach Niki Reid Geckeler said. 
“Her kids are playing hard, and we really had to make a couple of adjustments,” Geckeler said. “Central came out playing hard.”
NCCU (0-17, 0-4 MEAC) shot 29.4 percent from the field and committed 23 turnovers.
Howard was 47.9 percent from the field, and Doyle hardly missed, going 10 of 12 from the field and 4 of 6 from the foul line.
Doyle was the 2010-11 MEAC player of the year.
Howard (10-7, 5-1 MEAC) is one of the best teams in the MEAC and the preseason favorite to win the regular season league title. 
Before Williams was sidelined with an ankle injury on Dec. 19 against UNC Greensboro, she led NCCU in scoring with 10.5 points per game. In Williams' absence, NCCU freshman Amber Neely (11 points) is the team's top scorer,  entering the game against Howard averaging 7.4 points each time out.
NOTES: Howard’s basketball program includes three student-athletes who played at Hillside High School: Julee O’Neal, Jerrelle Gorham and Tamoria Holmes.
Holmes, a senior, didn’t play because of a torn anterior cruciate ligament, but a medical redshirt will give her an extra season.
O’Neal, a senior, and Gorham, a redshirt junior, got up and down the floor for the Bison.
Gorham said she saw her parents and church family in the stands.

HOWARD 56, NORTH CAROLINA CENTRAL 30
HOWARD (10-7)
DOYLE,Saadia 10-12 4-6 24; SMITH,Kara 6-11 0-0 16; CURLEY-PAYNE,Cheyenn 3-7
0-2 8; DETERVILLE,Nicole 2-2 0-0 4; GONZALEZ,Victoria 1-1 0-0 2;
BAILEY,Imani 1-6 0-0 2; JOHNSON,Cabria 0-1 0-2 0; BROWN,Cheyenne 0-1 0-0 0;
GORHAM,Jerrelle 0-5 0-0 0; O'NEAL,Julee 0-2 0-0 0; DETERVILLE,Portia 0-0 0-0
0. Totals 23-48 4-10 56.
NORTH CAROLINA CENTRAL (0-17)
NEELY,Amber 4-10 3-3 11; NEELY,Tenika 3-6 1-2 7; DIXON,Tisha 1-5 3-3 5;
HOYLE,Aja 1-5 2-2 4; PERRY,Montreshia 1-5 0-0 3; BLOUNT,Kaylah 0-0 0-0 0;
GARY,Tiffany 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 10-34 9-10 30.
Howard........................   32   24  -   56
North Carolina Central........   16   14  -   30
3-point goals--Howard 6-21 (SMITH,Kara 4-9; CURLEY-PAYNE,Cheyenn 2-4;
BAILEY,Imani 0-3; JOHNSON,Cabria 0-1; GORHAM,Jerrelle 0-4), North Carolina
Central 1-6 (PERRY,Montreshia 1-4; HOYLE,Aja 0-1; NEELY,Amber 0-1). Fouled
out--Howard-None, North Carolina Central-None. Rebounds--Howard 27
(DOYLE,Saadia 7), North Carolina Central 26 (DIXON,Tisha 7). Assists--Howard
19 (CURLEY-PAYNE,Cheyenn 9), North Carolina Central 4 (HOYLE,Aja 3). Total
fouls--Howard 13, North Carolina Central 7. Technical fouls--Howard-None,
North Carolina Central-None. A-971