Howard women's basketball coach Sanya Tyler has taught her young front-court players well on defending the low post.
However, there is one move she was unable to teach them--how to guard Maryland's 6-foot-8 senior center, Branka Bogunovic.
Bogunovic recorded her third double-double of the season to lead the Terrapins to a 65-58 victory against the Lady Bison last night before 799 at Cole Field House.
"I don't know how well you can play a big ol' girl like that," Tyler said. "You can do just about everything on the floor but grow."
Bogunovic scored 14 points and grabbed 16 rebounds as Maryland (5-2) defeated Howard (2-5) for the 24th time in 25 meetings. Sophomore forward Courtney Kirk had 13 points and seven rebounds for the Lady Bison. Howard won last year's game at Burr Gymnasium, 65-47.
The Lady Bison outrebounded Maryland 10-1 in the first five minutes of the game. That's when Terrapins Coach Chris Weller decided to bring Bogunovic off the bench.
"They were killing us on the boards," Weller said. "That was definitely one of the great impacts that Branka made in the game. She helped us get back into some semblance of a rebounding team."
Maryland never led by more than eight points as Howard kept threatening the Terps' lead. The Lady Bison went ahead 50-49 when freshman guard Asia Perry slid along the baseline undetected and put back an errant shot by junior guard Chanell Washington. However, that lead did not last long. Senior forward Cara Ferris made a jumper and sophomore guard Marche Strickland (15 points) sank a three-pointer to put Maryland ahead 54-50.
Neither team was able to get into much of an offensive flow. Maryland made 35 percent of its shots; Howard shot 34 percent. The teams combined for 31 turnovers and 30 fouls. The Terrapins were in the bonus with 11 minutes 46 seconds left to play.
"You're lucky to win a game when the other team gets into the bonus with 12 minutes left on the clock," Weller said.
NAVY 50, UMBC 46: The host Midshipmen overcame dreadful shooting in the first half to break a four-game losing streak. Navy hit 7 of 25 field goals in the first half and trailed 21-18 at halftime but rebounded with a 54 percent effort in the second half. Erica Hayes led the Midshipmen (2-4) with 20 points and 11 rebounds. Jami Lange led UMBC (2-3) with 15 points.
CONNECTICUT 88, SETON HALL 45: Sue Bird hit three-pointers to start and end a 13-point run late in the first half for the No. 1 Huskies in South Orange, N.J.
DUKE 70, VIRGINIA TECH 61: In Blacksburg, Va., Georgia Schweitzer's 27 points helped the No. 20 Blue Devils hold off a strong second-half rally and beat the No. 24 Hokies.
DRAKE 90, IOWA ST. 86: Freshman Carla Bennett scored 21 points and the Bulldogs withstood Stacy Frese's school-record 10 three-pointers to upset the No. 9 Cyclones in Des Moines.