Howard Women’s Basketball Grabs First-Ever NCAA Tournament Win
Bison combine defense and rebounding to hold off Incarnate Word
COLUMBIA, S.C. (March 16, 2022) – Forwards Brooklynn Fort-Davis (Chicago) and Krislyn Marsh (Houston) each recorded double-doubles to help the Howard University women’s basketball team edge out Incarnate Word (UIW), 55-51, in the NCAA First Four Round.
It marked the first time in school history that the Bison earned a NCAA Tournament victory.
“I’m so thankful for these young women that made history tonight,” said Howard women’s basketball head coach Ty Grace postgame. “I’m really proud of them and thank you to the Bison community for all their support. I’m elated and thankful to represent this proud University.”
— CoachTy (@Coachtygrace) March 17, 2022
It was a nip-and-tuck affair that featured 12 ties and nine lead changes with neither team leading more than seven points throughout the night.
The key was a 20-13 advantage in the final stanza.Marsh, a 5-11 senior forward from had one of her best games of the season at the right time, scoring 14 points on 6-of-10 shooting from the floor while grabbing a season-high 16 rebounds. Fort-Davis, a 6-0 junior forward from Chicago, scored a team-high 15 points to lead Howard.
Their contributions were especially important because the Bison’s top scorer, sophomore guard Destiny Howell (Queens, N.Y.), had perhaps her worst game of the season, tallying 11 points and connecting on only 4-of-17 from the floor, 1-of-10 beyond the arc where she is most effective.
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Junior guard Iyanna Warren (Accokeek, Md.) proved to be quietly effective for the Bison, contributing eight points and four assists as she controlled the tempo. But it was the Bison’s rebounding and defense that proved to be the difference in this slugfest: Howard dominated the boards, 52-33, including 22-2 on the offensive glass. UIW got a 5-of-9 shooting effort from Tianna Gardner, but the rest of the team was 13-of-42.
“My shots were not falling,” said Fort-Davis postgame. “But I really excel in crashing the boards. Even though the shots were not falling, I kept attacking the boards because I’m really good at that.”
Added Marsh, “I knew the offensive boards were going to be extremely important. I knew they were playing behind us, so I wanted to capitalize on that.”
Howard faces the tournament’s No. 1 overall seed South Carolina Friday (March 18) at 2 p.m. on ESPN. The Gamecocks will be a formidable task, playing on their homecourt.
— Nyla Cooper (@NylaCooper13) March 17, 2022
“It’s another day to play,” said Fort-Davis commenting on playing South Carolina. “It’s going to be a tough one, but we’ve played tough games on season long. We’re ready.”
Written by Ed Hill, Jr., retired Howard University Sports Information Director
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