Howard University sports need a change. The women’s basketball program under Tennille Adams is bad and only getting worse. The 80-68 Dec. 30 debacle against Brown in the 2014 Cyclone Challenge should be a wake-up call to AD Skip Perkins.
Many think of Howard as the Ivy League school of Historically Black Colleges and Universities. This game could have made a statement about how HBUC’s compete against the Ivy League on a level playing field. But Adams’ team was ill prepared.
The Lady Bison are short, only two women are taller than 6-foot, but so were the Bears. Howard has played some fine teams this year, but Brown (4-8) isn’t one of them. The Bears have a 245 RPI. Howard was at 296 before losing to Brown. The Bears have two scorers and two rebounders. They average more turnovers than assists per game.
Against Howard, Kennedy Martin posted career highs of seven points and 11 rebounds in 23 minutes of action, Sophie Bikofsky led the Bears with 21 points on seven-of-12 shooting from the field, and seven caroms. Jordin Alexander added 13 points, Ellise Sharpe contributed 12 off the bench and Rebecca Musgrove scored 10 points.
Adams, 12-33 in her year-and-a- half on the Hilltop, has 10 recruits. That’s a good sign. But only one, Syndi Johnson, is getting significant playing time on a 1-13 team.
Four Bison contributed 56 points for Howard Tuesday. Cheyenne Brown (Springbrook) led the way with 20 points. Victoria Gonzales added 14 points, nine rebounds and three blocked shots. Te’Shya Heslip (Potomac [Va.]) added 12 points, six assists and five rebounds while junior guard Imani Bailey (Meade) netted 10 points. Jasmine Hill (Surrattsville) was the only reserve to receive significant playing time.
OUT OF THEIR LEAGUE
The Lady Bison did not look like they belonged on the same floor as the taller, more talented Iowa State team Dec. 29. The Cyclones went on a 34-0 run over 13 first and second half minutes to ice the 90-44 rout.
Howard shot 24 percent from the floor and 26 percent from three-point range. The team made less than 60 percent of its free throws. The Bison were outrebounded 49-37 and outscored 26-6 on second chance points. Johnson paced the team with 11 points and 10 boards.
Six-foot-5 Bryanna Fernstrom led all scorers with 18 points and four blocks. Nicole Blaskowsky added 14 points. Seanna Johnson contributed 10 points and 10 rebounds. Eleven different Cyclones (9-2) scored as Iowa State shot 50.7 percent from the field.