The Bison are 4-0 versus Coppin this Season
By Howard University Athletic Media Relations
BALTIMORE, MD — The Howard University Bison swept past the Coppin State University Lady Eagles 67-45 in a Sunday Mantanee’ in the PAC Arena in Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference action.
Jayla Thornton paced the Bison with a game-high 17 points.
Howard improves to 12-3 overall and 8-2 in the MEAC. Coppin State falls to 2-10 and 2-8 in the MEAC.
How it happened
Coppin St. broke the ice on a long ball to take an early 3-0 lead at the 8:03 mark. Howard’s Brooklyn Fort-Davis (Chicago, Ill.) answered right back with a nifty move inside for a lay-up that sparked a 16-0 run, taking a 16-3 lead when the Lady Eagles closed the first quarter with an 8-3 run to close the gap 19-11.
The second quarter was a back-and-forth affair as both squads scored 12 points each, with the Bison taking a 31-23 lead into intermission.
After a slow start to the third quarter, Jayla Thornton (Newark, NJ) hit a long-range jumper at the 6:18 mark to spark a 10-0 run, cemented by a Thornton free-throw to extend the lead, 46-29 with 2:58 left in the third quarter. The Bison closed the quarter with a 48-33 lead.
The fourth quarter was all Howard, outscoring Coppin State, 19-12. The defense recorded four steals, holding the Lady Eagles scoreless in the final four minutes of regulations. The offense was potent down low, as their physical play put them on the charity strips times converting eight. The Bison cruised to a 67-45 win, sweeping the season series.
Notes and Numbers
- Howard has a game lead over Morgan State as the Lady Bears sat idle this weekend due to covid-19.
- To secure the #1 seed in the 2021 Cricket Wireless MEAC Basketball Tournament, the Bison have to defeat Delaware State University, as they hold the tiebreaker over Morgan State.
- After a breakout game yesterday (20pts)
- Coppin State Aliyah Lawson was held to (8pts) and was pulled in the fourth quarter after being bottled up all game.
- Iyanna Warren (11pts) and Destiny Howell (10) joined Jayla Thornton in double figures; Warren recorded two assists and three steals.
- Howard .800 winning record ties the all-time held by the 1997 team.
- Hutton led the way with seven rebounds, Krislyn Marsh added six, and Fort-Davis brought down five rebounds.
- In brief action Aniya scored a season high six points, recording two steals, and going 4-of-6 from the chairty line.
The Bison travels to Dover, Delaware, to close out the regular season to the Lady Hornets of Delaware State University Feb. 27-28; Saturday’s contest will start at 5pm, Sunday’s tipoff is scheduled for 1pm.
Words from Head Coach Ty Grace
Thoughts on today’s matchup:
“Coming back for a second game, there is not a lot of time for adjustments, but we made a couple defensively, and our goal today was to keep [Alyah] Lawson under wraps and contained her a little bit better, and we did an excellent job with that.
On containing Lawson:
“We know that she is the go-to player; we just talk about being in her gap and containing her more, making her give the ball up; she is a great scorer, we just wanted to get the ball out her hands a lot more than we did yesterday, we did a way better job today…”
On Thornton’s play:
“… She is more focused, and reading the defense better and trying to find areas, to get to the basket a bit more, when her shots there she takes it. I think she is more patient offensively, and just seeing what comes to her and just taking the shots that come her way…”
On the inside game:
“We talked about attacking the basket and the driving lanes and taking it to the rim, and not stop and settling for jump shots, but when it’s their, we take them. We do not give ourselves enough credit for getting to the baskets, especially when we have guards like Iyanna [Warren] Kaniyha [Harris ] and Kaiyah [Creek] to get to the rim; I think we did a better job today…”
On next week matchup:
” We just want to close out the season strong. We know Delaware State is going another challenging game; it’s going to be a road trip, they are going to be prepared for us. We talked about these last two weeks will be crucial, where we want to stand going into the tournament, and if we do what we need to do, hopefully, we will be in the right place at the right time.