Howard went on a 25-9 run midway through the first half and held on to beat Coppin State, 74-67, despite 29 turnovers last night in Baltimore.
The Bison shot 56 percent in the first half and led 41-24 at halftime after breaking a 9-9 tie with the big scoring run.
In the second half, Coppin State slowly chipped away at the lead and managed to get within 61-54 after Liesha Mitchell's three-pointer with 6 minutes 9 seconds left, but the Lady Eagles got no closer. Howard pushed the margin back to 17 with 2:13 left before a late Coppin State run produced the final margin.
Howard outrebounded Coppin State, 40-35, with a 30-15 edge in defensive rebounds.
Mona Gail Baker led the Bison (3-7, 1-0 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) with 16 points and nine rebounds, and Andrea Gardner had 10 points and a game-high 12 rebounds. Kiesha Brooks led the Lady Eagles (5-9, 3-2) with 17 points, and Mitchell added 16, but the two were a combined 13 of 43 from the field.
NOTRE DAME 75, W. VA. 54: Alicia Ratay scored 12 points, and Danielle Green added 10 to lead the No. 8 Irish at home.
Despite dominating West Virginia (5-7, 0-2 Big East) in almost every category, the Irish (10-2, 1-0) weren't particularly sharp.
Notre Dame struggled early, shooting 8 for 26 at one point. But the Irish closed the first half on a 20-0 run, shooting 9 of 12 during the spurt, to open a 41-18 halftime lead. The Mountaineers' 18 points were the fewest by a Notre Dame opponent in a half this season.
"We didn't move on the pass. We were a step behind all day," West Virginia Coach Alexis Basil said. "We spent too much time on [center Ruth] Riley and Ratay."
IOWA ST. 79, MISSOURI 67: Stacy Frese scored 22 points to lead the No. 10 Cyclones in Columbia, Mo.
Angie Welle and Megan Taylor added 18 points each for the Cyclones, who won their sixth straight and ended Missouri's nine-game winning streak.
Iowa State (10-2, 2-0 Big 12) took a 27-26 lead at halftime, but there were five lead changes and five ties in the first 10 minutes of the second half.
RUTGERS 65, MIAMI 45: Shawnetta Stewart scored 13 of her 15 points in the second half, and the No. 11 Scarlet Knights shut down the visiting Hurricanes in the final 8:20.
Stewart, who left the game just seven minutes into the first half when she collided with a Miami player and suffered a deep left thigh bruise, shot 7 for 11 as the Scarlet Knights (9-2, 2-0 Big East) won their sixth straight.
TEXAS TECH 63, SANTA CLARA 54: Keitha Dickerson had 19 points and 12 rebounds for the No. 13 Red Raiders, who overcame an 11-point, second-half deficit at home.