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Bison take hit in MEAC, Terps return to winning ways

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Howard had its leading scorer, Te’Shya Heslip, back Feb.3, but the N.C. A&T powerhouse was too much for the Bison as the Aggies won 69-48 on the road. Howard (9-12, 5-3) turned over the ball 31 times—twice as much as A&T. Shavonne Duckett led the Bison with 13 points and seven boards. Tracy King led the victors with 20 points; Eboni Ross added 16.

The Aggies are third in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (16-4, 6-2). Hampton (18-4, 9-0) and Coppin State (10-11, 7-2) run first and second.

Cheyenne Brown poured in a career-best 23 points and added three assists and three steals to help the Lady Bison hold off the North Carolina Central Eagles 66-61 in MEAC action Saturday at Burr Gymnasium. Missing Heslip, some didn’t give Howard much of a chance Jan. 31.

Frosh spark Maryland

Maryland Coach Brenda Frese played her star-studded freshmen against Syracuse Feb. 2 and Lexie Brown hit a career high-31 points, in her first start Brionna Jones added 10 and Shatori Walker-Kimbrough scored 17 points as the Terps ended a three-game skid beating the Orange 89-64.

Alyssa Thomas notched her fifth career triple-double with 11 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists for her third triple-double this year.

After taking an 8-4 lead on a three-point play, the Orange (16-6, 5-4) missed seven shots and committed four turnovers as Maryland went on a 20-5 run to take a 24-13 lead midway through the opening half. Walker-Kimbrough added nine straight points in the run.

Brittney Sykes led Syracuse with 22 points.

The Terps only fell to tenth in this week’s AP poll after the three losses. They were aided by Notre Dame’s strong performance over Duke this weekend and North Carolina’s losses to the unranked Orange and Miami last week.

GU skid continues

Georgetown dug itself too deep of a hole to climb out of Feb. 1 falling to Marquette (14-6, 5-4 Big East), 77-54, Saturday in Milwaukee. Turnovers and late scoring struggles dropped the Hoyas to 7-15, 1-9.

The Hoyas shot 57.1 percent from the field, but were outrebounded, 21-12, and the Golden Eagles managed 15 second-chance points in the first half.

Freshman center Natalie Butler (Lake Braddock High School) had 14 points and eight boards for the Blue & Gray. Andrea Woodard led GU with 18 points.

Arlesia Morse led MU with 21 points. Katherine Plouffe added 18 for the Golden Eagles.

The Hoyas were outrebounded, 47-32.

The honors continue to roll for Butler who won her eighth Big East Rookie of the Week award Monday. Butler averaged 16.5 points, 11 rebounds and two assists for the Hoyas, including a game-high 19 points against Villanova Jan. 29. Along with the 19 points, Butler snagged 14 boards against the Wildcats.

She followed that performance with a 14-point, eight-rebound, four-assist showing at Marquette on Saturday. Butler also added a pair of blocks against the Golden Eagles.

Her eight certificates put her in a tie for second with Connecticut’s Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis for most among current players. The league record of 10 newcomer awards is held by Connecticut’s Maya Moore (2007-08).

Georgetown will attempt to right its ship Feb. 5 at Creighton (13-9, 7-3). The Hoya’s were competitive in a 65-63 OT loss in D.C. New Year’s Day.

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