Destiny Howell had herself quite the ball game.
The junior point guard poured in a career-high 35 points in helping to lead Howard past Virginia Commonwealth University, 79-67.
When Destiny is locked in and focused, she is very tough to guard,” said Coach Ty Grace in her assessment of Howell’s performance. “She was efficient and took every shot with tremendous confidence. When she gets in rhythm, it’s a challenge to slow her down. I’m proud to see her having these career highlights.”
Howell got off to a hot start, scoring 19 of Howard’s first 26 points to give the Bison a 26-24 lead ten minutes into the contest. The 25 she dropped in the first half, gave HU a 34-32 lead at the half.
The third quarter proved to be the pivotal periods, as Howard would outscore the Rams 22-10 in the frame to take a 56-42 lead heading into the fourth quarter. To their credit, VCU continue to fight in the fourth quarter, drawing as close as 8 points at 59-51 on Jennifer Ezeh’s layup with 6:15 left in the game before a 10-0 run by the Bison over the ensuing 81 seconds pushed the lead to 18 points at 69-51. The Rams would never close the gap to under double figures for the balance of the contest.
The win snapped a four game losing streak for the Bison as they embark on MEAC play.
Howard coach Ty Grace had this to say after the game:
Losing obviously takes a toll on a team, so this win showed that we are resilient and will persevere in adversity. We are still without two starters (Iyanna Warren and Krislyn Marsh); however when you stay positive, play as team and execute the game plan, you will always give yourself a chance to win. Now it’s time for Conference play; the preparation continues.”
In addition to Howell’s 35-point explosion, Aziah Hudson chipped in with 13 points and Brooklyn Fort-Davis contributed 11 points and 3 rebounds.
Mary-Anna Asare led VCU, 3-9 and losers of five straight games, with 13 points and seven rebounds; Keowa Walter’s was the only other Ram in double figures with 10 points and 6 rebounds.
The lady Bison open up MEAC play on January 7 when they host Delaware State; tip-off is scheduled for 2 PM EST.
Next Game: Delaware State 1/7/2023 | 2 P.M.