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SPORTS LIBRARY, S.C. State, basketball

WASHINGTON – Howard University women's basketball team ended its three-game home stand with a dominating 78-47 victory over South Carolina State (SCSU) inside Burr Gymnasium.

With the win, HU (10-7) snapped its brief two-game slide while moving back to .500 (2-2 MEAC) in league play.

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Howard outscored the Lady Bulldogs in all four quarters and limited SCSU to only 23-percent (14-of-60) shooting.

Offensively, HU shot a respectable 48-percent (31-of-65) from the field. Five Bison reached double figures, led by Jayla Thornton (Newark, N.J.) with 14 points while senior Sarah Edmond (Freeport, N.Y.) added 13 points in the win.

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SC State jumped out to an early advantage after a trey ball from Heniaya Moton, 2-8, but Howard regained the momentum and finished the period on a 19-6 run, 21-14.

Moments into the second, second-year forward Krislyn Marsh (Duncanville, Texas) extended its lead to double-digits, 25-14, but the Lady Bulldogs fought back and sliced the deficit down to four, 27-23, with more than seven minutes before intermission.

From that point on, SC State went into a shooting slump, finishing the rest of the half without a field goal. HU capitalized on the Lady Bulldogs' shooting woes, ending the second quarter on a 11-4 spurt while holding an 11-point halftime advantage, 38-27.

After intermission, the Bison continued the dominance, outscoring SC State in the second half, 40-20.

HU did most of its damage inside the paint, outscoring the Lady Bulldogs, 44-14. Marsh and senior guard Ayonna Williams (Washington) had 12 points apiece.

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Howard also controlled the glass all night, outrebounding SCSU, 56-34. Senior forward Imani Bryant (Berkeley, Calif.) grabbed a game-high 14 boards in the victory.

For SC State (2-15, 1-2 MEAC), Zeleria Simpson had a team-best 13 points while Jacquece Alson netted 12 points in the loss.

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