Urban Media Today HBCU Sports Weekly Round Up: Men & Women’s Basketball and Track & Field(2/17/23)

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WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

Howard University

Howard University junior guard Destiny Howell (Queens, N.Y.) earned the MEAC league’s Player of the Week award. Howell was recently named conference Player of the Week before the Bison’s bye week. Howell averaged 20.0 points and four assists per game this past stretch. In the Bison’s win over Delaware State, the New York native recorded 15 points while going 60-percent from the floor. Howell added five boards, two steals, two blocks and a career-high six assists.

She went on to drop 25 points on 8-for-14 shooting, going 4-for-4 from behind the arc, against Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) Monday (Feb. 13).

Howell currently leads the MEAC in scoring (16.0 ppg) while earning her fourth MEAC Player of the Week recognition.

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Fisk University

The Fisk University women’s basketball team is having a record-breaking season and is now officially ranked number 13 in the Southeast ARC region of the NAIA. This is the first time they have achieved such a ranking, and they are looking to make their mark well into postseason play.

In the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference (GCAC), the Fisk University women’s basketball team currently has an impressive 10-3 record in conference play and an overall record of 16-7. Senior Maya Buckhannon has contributed to their success, earning seven GCAC Player of the Week awards.

The Lady Bulldogs are looking to make their presence known in postseason play this weekend during the GCAC conference tournament. With this historic ranking in the Southeast ARC region of the NAIA, Fisk University women’s basketball is well-positioned to bring their best game and make a strong impression.

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Norfolk State University

NSU guard Camille Downs was selected the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Defensive Player of the Week, the conference announced on Tuesday.

Downs, who has earned the defensive player of the week honor three times this season, averaged 5.0 steals per game for the Spartans in a pair of wins this past week. She opened with six steals against Maryland Eastern Shore, tying her season high, before adding four more in Monday’s win over Delaware State.

On Monday night against Delaware State, Downs registered a game-high 19 points, along with seven rebounds, including five on the defensive glass, with four steals and four assists.

Norfolk State (19-5 overall, 7-2 MEAC) returns to action on Saturday during Alumni Weekend and Greek Night against Morgan State. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m. from Joseph G. Echols Memorial Hall.

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MEN’S BASKETBALL

Wiley College

The Wildcats men’s basketball team (12-11, 7-6 GCAC) took two out of three games at its home Gulf Coast Athletic Conference pod last weekend. After Friday’s victory over Southern University at New Orleans, they defeated Oakwood University 66-53. Seniors Jalen Brown, Deonte Spencer, David Williams, Kameron Fitzpatrick and Demarius Houston were honored before the game. They started the game and played the final six minutes.

Houston led the team with 15 points. He hit three 3-pointers in the second half which helped the Wildcats rally from a seven-point halftime deficit. He also added a team-high four assists. Jalen Brown followed with 11 points and contributed eight rebounds and two steals. Kameron Fitzpatrick and Maurice Harvey each tallied 10 points.

On Sunday, Wiley College fell 81-70 against the newly crowned Gulf Coast Athletic Conference regular season champion Tougaloo College. It went toe-to-toe with Bulldogs in the first 10 minutes. They scored 12 of the next 15 points to increase their advantage to 10. Harvey hit two shots and a basket by Justin Minter cut the margin to four. Williams scored to pull Wiley College within three at halftime.

Houston tied the game at 41 with a 3-pointer. Antonio Jones gave the Wildcats the lead with a 3-pointer with 18:35 left in the game. Wiley College would be held without a field goal for seven minutes and 28 seconds. This allowed Tougaloo College to build an 18-point lead.

Philander Smith (20-5, 10-3) won two out of three games to secure the second seed in the 2023 GCAC Men’s Basketball Championship.

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TRACK & FIELD
 

The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA), the nation’s oldest historically Black athletic conference, announces its 2022-23 Indoor Track & Field Athletes of the Year, as voted by the CIAA Track & Field Coaches Association and Sports Information Directors Association. Fayetteville State freshman Repline Cheptoo was named Women’s Track Athlete of the Year and Bronco sophomore M’Smrya Seward was chosen as the Women’s Field Athlete of the Year. Saint Augustine’s freshman Terrell Robinson was named Men’s Track Athlete of the Year and Lincoln (PA) University senior Glenn Butler Jr. was named Men’s Field Athlete of the Year for a second consecutive year.

These premier student-athletes were recognized on Day 1 of the 2022-23 CIAA Indoor Track & Field Championship at the JDL Fast Track in Winston-Salem, NC.
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