Howard Volleyball Draws Pitt in the NCAA First Round

Bison meet No. 6 Panthers in the NCAA First Round

Derek Bryant (Photo Credit – MEAC Media Relations)

WASHINGTON (December 1, 2019) – The NCAA Volleyball Committee unveiled its 64-team bracket where Howard University drew No. 6 Pittsburgh in the NCAA Women’s Volleyball First Round. The announcement came Sunday night on ESPNU.

Howard takes on the Panthers Friday, Dec. 6 in Pittsburgh, Pa., inside the Petersen Events Center. First serve is set for 7 p.m.

HU (20-12) won its fifth consecutive Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Title, 12th overall, after taking down rival Morgan State in a five set classic (24-26, 37-35, 17-25, 25-23,15-12) at Burr Gymnasium.

Overall, this will be Howard's sixth NCAA appearance.

This season, Pitt (29-1) went undefeated in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) and currently rides an 18-match winning streak. The Panthers are ranked No. 2 in the latest American VolleyballCoaches Association (AVCA) Top 25 poll.
Cincinnati and VCU will also be in Pittsburgh where they face each other Friday at 4 p.m.

The winners of Friday’s matches will meet in the second round Saturday (Dec. 7).

To view the 2019 NCAA Women’s Volleyball Tournament bracket, please click here.

For more information, visit the Bison Athletics website at www.HUBison.com.
NCCU at Cal Friday
Kevin C Buczek
PICTURED: NCCU women’s basketball at the Fisherman’s Wharf area of San Francisco with Alcatraz Island in the background after landing in California on Wednesday.

DURHAM, N.C. — The North Carolina Central University women’s basketball team will be celebrating Thanksgiving together in the San Francisco area before competing in the Cal Classic hosted by the University of California in Berkeley on Friday and Saturday. The Eagles will open up play against the Golden Bears on Friday at 4 p.m. (1 p.m. PST) in Haas Pavilion. For more information…
 
 
Howard Women’s Basketball Comes Up Short Against Bucknell
Bucknell ends HU’s three-game winning streak

 Derek Bryant (Photo Credit – Mark Coleman)


SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (November 27, 2019) – Howard University women’s basketball team saw its three-game winning streak come to an end at the hands of Bucknell, 60-70, at the San Juan Shootout in Puerto Rico.

With the setback, HU falls to 4-3 overall while BU improved to .500 (3-3) on the young season.

Senior guard Sarah Edmond (Freeport, N.Y.) scored a team-high 15 points in the loss.

Howard took the slim advantage after one, 13-12, thanks to a layup by redshirt junior Jayla Myles (Rochester, N.Y.).

Bucknell opened the second period on a 12-5 run, capped off by a layup from Tessa Brugler, and held a six-point lead at the 5:22 mark, 18-24.

HU fought back and sliced the margin as low as one on multiple occasions. After a layup from senior Ayonna Williams (Washington) put Howard within one, 27-28, with less than two minutes before intermission, BU regained the momentum and closed the half on a 6-0 spurt, 27-34.

Bucknell extended its lead to double digits with under six minutes left in the third, 33-44, but HU clawed their way back into the contest. Despite closing the gap to six, 42-48, at the 3:28mark, BU ended the third quarter with a 7-2 spurt and held a 11-point advantage after three, 44-55.

Howard cut the deficit down to single digits on several occasions but were unable to pull off the fourth quarter comeback.

Brugler led all scorers with 16 points on 5-of-8 shooting from the floor.

After Thanksgiving (Nov. 29), HU faces Pac-12 foe Washington (UW) at noon (ET).

Friday’s contest will be streaming live on FloHoops (PPV).

For more information, visit the Bison Athletics website at www.HUBison.com.
 
Eagles Downed by Hot-Shooting Southern Illinois
Jonathan Duren Attached photo courtesy of KeShawn Ennis.

CARBONDALE, Ill. – North Carolina Central University saw Southern Illinois knock down 10 three-pointers in the first half to open up a lead on the way to a 64-48 win over the Eagles on Tuesday, Nov.26 at the Banterra Center.

SIU(3-4) made its first seven treys to set the tone for the game as the Salukis stretched out a 42-28 lead over NCCU (2-5) at the midway mark. The Eagles did put together a 7-0 run at the tail end of the half that was sparked by five points from Jibri Blount(Pittsburgh, Pa.).

Blount finished the first half with 12 points, and finished with a game-high 21 points with a scooped up a game-best seven boards as well. He also swiped a career-hightying five steals. Ty Graves (Greensboro, N.C.) found his range as he knocked down three triples for nine points for the maroon and gray.

Marcus Domask (Waupun, Wis.) led the Salukis with 18 points along with five rebounds and five steals, and Barret Benson (Willowbrook, Ill.) followed with 17 points and six caroms.

The Eagles will play three more games on the road before returning to McDougald-McLendon Arena, and the road trip will continue on Monday, Dec. 2 at Wofford.
 

 

MEAC TO PRESENT 2019 OFFENSIVE, DEFENSIVE PLAYERS OF THE YEAR IN NEW YORK
 


 Maurice Williams  Photo Credit  MEAC
 

NORFOLK, Va., Nov. 26, 2019 -- For the fourth straight year, the National Football Foundation (NFF) is partnering with the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) to reveal the league's Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year as part of the events surrounding the NFF Annual Awards Dinner.

 

MEAC Commissioner Dr. Dennis E. Thomas will make the announcement at the beginning of the media availability on Tuesday, Dec. 10 at The Trianon Ballroom (Third Floor) at the New York Hilton Midtown, 1335 6th Ave, New York, NY 10019, and he will be joined by the recipients.

 

The announcement will be made at 9:30 a.m. and will be streamed through the NFF’s website at www.footballfoundation.org.

 

Presented annually since 1971, the MEAC Players of the Year awards are voted on by the MEAC head football coaches and sports information directors.

 

  

2019 NFF NATIONAL SCHOLAR-ATHLETE CLASS PRESENTED BY FIDELITY INVESTMENTS & FINALISTS FOR THE CAMPBELL TROPHY® PRESENTED BY MAZDA:

The winner of The William V. Campbell Trophy® Presented by Mazda will be announced live between 8:40 and 9:00 p.m. during the Dinner ceremony feed. The finalists, comprised of the 2019 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Class, presented by Fidelity Investments, include Spencer Blackburn (Eastern Washington), Rodrigo Blankenship (Georgia), Jordan Fuller (Ohio State), Alex Goettl (Minnesota State), Justin Herbert (Oregon), Adam Holtorf (Kansas State), Michael Lohmeier (Carnegie Mellon [PA]), Jordan Mack (Virginia), Dante Olson (Montana), Jelani Taylor (Cornell), Casey Toohill (Stanford) and Jon Wassink (Western Michigan).

 

2019 NFF MAJOR AWARD RECIPIENTS:

The presentations of the NFF Major Awards will also take place during the Dinner ceremony and can be captured via the satellite feed. The 2019 NFF Major Award recipients include celebrated actor and former UCLA quarterback Mark Harmon (NFF Gold Medal); University of Alabama broadcaster Eli Gold (NFF Chris Schenkel Award for excellence in broadcasting); retired NC State University Director of Athletics Deborah Yow (NFF John L. Toner Award for excellence in athletics administration); and National Coordinator of College Football Officiating (CFO) Rogers Redding (NFF Legacy Award).

 

ABOUT The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame

Founded in 1947 with early leadership from General Douglas MacArthur, legendary Army coach Earl "Red" Blaik and immortal journalist Grantland Rice, The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame is a non-profit educational organization that runs programs designed to use the power of amateur football in developing scholarship, citizenship and athletic achievement in young people. With 120 chapters and 12,000 members nationwide, NFF programs include Football Matters®, the Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta, The William V. Campbell Trophy® Presented by Mazda, the NFF National Scholar-Athlete Class Presented by Fidelity Investments and a series of initiatives to honor the legends of the past and inspire the leaders of the future. NFF corporate partners include Delta Air Lines, ETT, Fidelity Investments, Goodyear, Herff Jones, Mazda, the New York Athletic Club, the Pasadena Tournament of Roses, the Sports Business Journal, Under Armour and VICIS. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @NFFNetwork and learn more at footballfoundation.org.

 

ABOUT THE MID-EASTERN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE

The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) begins its 49th year of intercollegiate competition heading into the 2019-20 academic school year. Located in Norfolk, Va., the MEAC is made up of 11 outstanding historically black institutions across the Atlantic coastline: Bethune-Cookman University, Coppin State University, Delaware State University, Florida A&M University, Howard University, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Morgan State University, Norfolk State University, North Carolina A&T State University, North Carolina Central University and South Carolina State University.

 

 

MEAC ANNOUNCES WEEKLY MEN’S BASKETBALL HONORS

 

     

 

Maurice Williams Photo Credit MEAC

NORFOLK, Va., Nov. 26, 2019
Senior forward Cletrell Pope of Bethune-Cookman University has continued his superb play of the young basketball season, capturing both MEAC Player of the Week and Defensive Player of the Week honors, the latter for a third straight week. The MEAC Rookie of the Week honor, meanwhile, was tabbed by freshman guard Da’Shawn Phillip of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.

 

Pope (F, 6-9, Sr., Northport, Ala.) led the Wildcats to a perfect 3-0 week, including victories over Incarnate Word (83-58), Eastern Illinois (66-63) and St. Francis Illinois (74-70). He averaged 16.0 points and 12.7 rebounds, including double-doubles in all three contests. Pope’s top outing came against St. Francis Illinois, when he netted 22 points, grabbed 17 rebounds, blocked three shots, made two steals and dished out three assists. He connected on 70.1 percent of his shots from the floor, connecting on 17 of 24 attempts.

 

Phillip (G, 6-5, Fr., Baltimore, Md.) had a solid week for the Hawks, averaging 8.5 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.5 steals against the likes of Stanford and Oklahoma. He had nine points, three rebounds and four steals against the Sooners.

 

Other Top Performers

Karmar McKnight (CSU) led the Eagles to a 68-88 victory over Cornell, scoring 22 points while grabbling four rebounds.  For the week, he averaged 15.5 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists.

 

John Crosby (DSU) scored 23 points and grabbed four rebounds against Charleston Southern in a week that saw him post averages of 17.0 points, 4.7 rebounds and 3.3 assists.

 

Troy Baxter (MSU) averaged 13.0 points and 7.4 rebounds as the Bears went 1-3 during the week.  He had a banner game in a triple overtime loss to Evansville (115-112), scoring 30 points with 10 rebounds.

 

Ronald Jackson (NCAT) averaged 13.0 points and 10.0 rebounds in a week that saw the Aggies notch a 66-64 win over Nicholls, while falling to North Texas (80-60) and Eastern Michigan (58-54).

 

Fred Cleveland (NCAT), in his lone game of the week, scored 11 points, made three steals and handed out two assists in a 58-54 loss to Eastern Michigan.

 

Jibri Blount (NCCU) averaged 21.5 points, 7.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists against Youngstown State and Bluefield State. In the 68-44 win over Bluefield State, Blount totaled 28 points, six rebounds, three assists and three steals.

 

Jermaine Bishop (NSU) averaged 19.0 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists as the Spartans fell to Bradley and Northwestern.

 
Lady Panthers Defeat Claflin 86-51

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1/26/2019 | Women's Basketball | Box Score
Virginia Union University's Shareka McNeill scored a game-high 32 points while her sister Shameka McNeill added 21 points to lead VUU to an 86-51 win over Claflin University in CIAA women's basketball action on Monday, November 25, at Barco-Stevens Hall in Richmond, Va.

VUU's Ifunanya Okoye scored 11 points and grabbed a team-high nine rebounds in the win while teammate Dy'Manee Royal scored 10 points.

"Having played three games in five days, I thought the teamed played pretty well overall," said VUU Head Women's Basketball Coach AnnMarie Gilbert. "I continue to be pleased with our rebounding effort as we finished with 43 rebounds. We played our entire roster hoping to get some other players used to time on the floor. While Shareka was steady with 32 points, three rebounds, and five steals, I was most impressed with the play of Shameka, who stepped her scoring up with 21 points, five rebounds, and six assists in 27 minutes. Iffy Okoye also played strong, coming through with 11 points and nine rebounds."

The win raised VUU, currently ranked 14th in the nation, to 5-1 overall and 2-0 in CIAA play. Claflin fell to 0-6 overall and 0-2 in the CIAA.

Virginia Union now idle until Thursday, December 12, when the Lady Panthers will host Fayetteville State University at 5:30 p.m. at Barco-Stevens Hall in Richmond, Va.
 

NCCU Football Alum Jones a CFL Grey Cup Champion

 Kyle Serba  Photo credit Winnepeg Blue bombers
 

CALGARY – Former North Carolina Central University defensive back and return specialist Mike Jones, who was a part of three MEAC championships (2014-16) as an NCCU Eagle, just added another championship to his record.

 

On Sunday (Nov. 24), Jones and his Winnipeg Blue Bombers teammates defeated the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, 33-12, in the Canadian Football League (CFL) championship game to win the 107th Grey Cup. The CFL title is the first for Winnipeg in 28 years.

 

In the championship contest, Jones registered five tackles and intercepted a pass late in the game to seal the victory.

 

A week earlier, during a 20-13 triumph over the Saskatchewan Roughriders in the western division final, Jones amassed six tackles. In the western division semifinal, a 35-14 win over the Calgary Stampeders (Nov. 10), Jones contributed a takedown and an interception.

 

Jones is the third NCCU Eagle to celebrate a CFL Grey Cup championship, according to the NCCU football records book. Jerome Gantt, who was an All-MEAC and Pittsburgh Courier All-America defensive tackle during his NCCU career (1966-69), played on two Grey Cup championship teams – Hamilton (1972) and Montreal (1974); and Jovan Olafioye, who competed at NCCU from 2006-08 and became a six-time CFL All-Star, was a member of the 2011 Grey Cup championship team with the B.C. Lions.

 

During his distinguished NCCU gridiron career from 2013-16, Jones broke the school record for career punt return average with 21.0 yards per punt return (31 punt returns, 651 yards, 2 touchdowns), and ended his Eagle tenure ranked ninth on NCCU's career passes defended list with 36 (25 pass break-ups, 11 interceptions) and tied for 13th with 11 career interceptions. He earned multiple All-MEAC citations, along with FCS and HBCU All-America honors.

 

When reached via text message on Tuesday, Jones wrote, “NCCU will forever be a part of my success.”

 

Howard Women’s Basketball Looks to Stay Hot at the San Juan Shootout
Bison set for a pair of matchups against Bucknell and Washington

 

 Derek Bryant (Photo Credit – Billy Sabatini)

 

WASHINGTON (November 26, 2019) – Howard University women’s basketball team wraps up its four-game road swing in San Juan, Puerto Rico at the San Juan Shootout.

 

Wednesday (Nov. 27), Howard meets Bucknell (BU) in the Battle of the Bison. Tip-off is set for 3:30 p.m. After Thanksgiving (Nov. 29), HU faces Pac-12 foe Washington (UW) at 1 p.m.

 

Both contests will be streaming live on FloHoops (PPV).

 

LAST TIMEOUT

 

Sunday (Nov. 24), HU defeated Hofstra, 73-64, inside the David S. Mack Sports and Exhibition Complex.

 

Senior guard and New York native Sarah Edmond (Freeport) led the Bison attack with her first double-double of the season, posting 18 points (game-high) and 10 rebounds.

 

MATCHUP PREVIEWS

 

HOWARD

 

HU (4-2) comes in riding a three-game winning streak. Nationally, Howard has been one of the best 3-point shooting teams in the country, shooting over 37-percent (40-of-108) from beyond the arc.

 

The trio of Edmond (16.0 ppg), senior Ayonna Williams (12.8 ppg) and junior Jayla Thornton (12.3 ppg) are averaging 41.1 of the team's 71.2 ppg.

 

Recently, the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) unveiled its women's basketball weekly honors where Edmond won MEAC Co-Player of the Week.

 

BUCKNELL

 

Wednesday’s showdown will be the fourth meeting between Howard and Bucknell with BU winning the previous three contests.

 

Bucknell (2-3) enters the week suffering back-to-back losses for the first time this season at Quinnipiac (Nov. 16) and versus Temple (Nov. 20). Senior Ellie Mack paces BU with 17.8 points per game while scoring double-figures in each game this season, including a career-high 33 points at Quinnipiac.

 

WASHINGTON

 

Friday’s matchup will be the first meeting between HU and Washington.

 

This season, Washington (3-1) has forced an impressive 107 turnovers through the first four games this season. Additionally, the Huskies have held three of its first four opponents under 50 points and ranks 20th in scoring defense (50.0 ppg), nationally.

 

Offensively, UW has five players averaging 9.0 ppg or better, led by Haley Van Dyke (12.3 ppg).

 

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

 

After more than a week away from the hardwood, HU returns to The District where Fairleigh Dickinson awaits. Tipoff is slated for 2 p.m. inside Burr Gymnasium.

 

Saturday’s promotion is Take A Kid to the Game.

 

For more information, visit the Bison Athletics website at www.HUBison.com.

 
Howard Volleyball Rallies to Win Fifth Straight MEAC Title

Bison take down Lady Bears in five set classic

 DEREK W. BRYANT  (Photo Credit – MEAC Media Relations)

WASHINGTON (November 24, 2019) – Howard University women’s volleyball team erased a 2-1 match deficit to win their fifth consecutive Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Title after taking down rival Morgan State (MSU) in a five set classic (24-26, 37-35, 17-25, 25-23, 15-12) at Burr Gymnasium.

With the win, HU won its 12th MEAC crown overall while earning an automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament.

“I’m really proud of our team,” Howard head coach Shaun Kupferberg, the tournament’s Outstanding Coach, said. “This was the best-played match I’ve seen in a long time. Obviously, there were some sloppy parts, but for the most part, players were hitting high and aggressive and hard time after time… everytime you had a free ball, there was something coming back hard at you.”

Sophomore Kailyn Williams (Arlington, Texas) led the Bison comeback, producing 18 kills and four digs. For her efforts, the Texas product took home the tourney’s most outstanding player.

Howard held a 24-22 advantage in the opening set, but the Lady Bears scored the final four points in the game to take a 1-0 match lead.

Set two became an instant classic where both squads went back-and-forth throughout. With the set tied at 35, a pair of MSU hitting errors gave HU the game and tied the match, 1-1.

“Kira [Porter] and I were trying to keep everybody focused and calm,” said Howard team captain Jurnee Tipton, referring to the epic set two win. “It’s really easy to get frantic and out of sequence in moments like that.”

After the five-minute intermission, Morgan State took control of the match and held a 2-1 match lead, but the Bison refused to go away.

Howard grabbed the upper hand throughout set four and forced a deciding fifth set, 25-23.

After MSU scored the first point in the fifth set, Howard got into a rhythm and took back control to win the MEAC Crown.

Tipton, Williams and senior Kira Porter (Lake Tahoe, Nev.) were named to the 2019 MEAC All-Tournament squad. Tipton produced a double-double, 19 kills and 16 digs, while Porter added 15 kills and eight total blocks in Sunday’s win.

For Morgan Sate, Zoe McBride and Tylar Robertson combined for 45 kills in a losing effort.

The 2019 NCAA DI women's volleyball championship bracket will be announced Sunday, Dec. 1 at 8:30 p.m. ET on ESPNU.

For more information, visit the Bison Athletics website at www.HUBison.com.
 
Howard face No. 2 Morgan State in the 2019 MEAC Championship at 8 a.m. on ESPNU.

Howard Volleyball Reaches MEAC Championship Match
Bison knock off rival Coppin State in four

 Derek Bryant (Photo Credit – MEAC Media Relations)

WASHINGTON (November 23, 2019) – Howard University women’s volleyball team reached the 2019 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Tournament Finals after knocking off rival Coppin State (CSU) in four (25-14, 25-14, 22-25, 25-20) inside Burr Gymnasium.

With the win, HU (19-12) reached its sixth consecutive conference finals and awaits the winner between Morgan State and North Carolina A&T State.

“We had an idea of what this team could be at the beginning of the season and that really came to pass in [sets] one and two,” Howard head coach Shaun Kupferberg said. “We looked at each other on the coaching staff and said, ‘This is what we’ve been trying to be all year.’”

HU recorded a .311 hitting percentage, led by third-year outside hitter Jurnee Tipton (Ypsilanti, Mich.). The Michigan native produced a double-double, 19 kills and 11 digs, in the victory.

Both squads were deadlocked at eight in the opening set, but the Bison scored four consecutive points to create separation and take game one, 25-14.

Set two saw Howard firing on all cylinders, generating a match-high .500 hitting percentage. Howard led game two from start to finish and took a commanding 2-0 match lead.

Game three witnessed both clubs going back-and-forth until the Eagles scored the final three points to pull within one of tying the match, 2-1.

Howard regained the momentum in set four, producing a .326 hitting percentage. Sophomore Kailyn Williams (Arlington, Texas) led the Bison attack with eight kills in the game four win.

Williams finished with 12 kills on the night while junior Myca Mitchell (Clovis, Calif.) added 11 kills.

Freshmen Semira Blair (Fort Worth, Texas) and Kayla Diaz (Nanuet, N.Y.) combined for 51 assists and third-year libero Fola Wilson had a match-leading 19 digs in the victory.

For CSU (13-18), Jordan Celestine notched a team-best eight kills in the loss.

Admission for Sunday’s championship match is $10.

UPDATE: No 1. Howard will face No. 2 Morgan State in the 2019 MEAC Championship at 8 a.m. on ESPNU.

For more information, visit the Bison Athletics website at www.HUBison.com.
 
Five Bison Named to the MEAC Women’s Volleyball All-Academic Team
Bison recognized for their hard work inside the classroom



 Derek Bryant (Photo Credit – Howard Athletics)

NORFOLK, Va. (November 20, 2019) – The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) revealed its 2019 women’s volleyball all-academic team where Howard University saw five Bison named to the squad. The announcement came Wednesday afternoon.

Among the honorees included Busi Banda (Cedar Park, Texas), Indira Dandridge (Miami), Jurnee Tipton (Ypsilanti, Mich.), Ana Williams (Baker, La.) and Fola Wilson (Minneapolis).

“I am pleased to congratulate our women’s volleyball student-athletes for maintaining a 3.0 or better grade point average,” said MEAC Commissioner Dennis E. Thomas. “I would also like to thank all the people who assisted with the academic and athletic success of these student-athletes.”

The conference honored 83 student-athletes from the league’s 11 institutions who achieved academic success during the 2018-19 academic year.

MEAC sophomore, junior and senior student-athletes with a 3.0 or better cumulative grade point average, as well as transfer student-athletes who have been in residence at the institution for at least one year, are eligible for All-Academic accolades.

To the view 2019 MEAC Women’s Volleyball All-Academic Team, please click here.

Howard's quest for their fifth consecutive MEAC title begins Friday (Nov. 22) when they take on No. 4 (southern division) South Carolina State. The action starts at 2 p.m. inside Burr Gymnasium.

On Nov. 22-24, the 2019 MEAC Volleyball Championship will be held inside Burr Gymnasium. Competition begins Friday (Nov. 22) at 11 a.m. with the first of four quarterfinal matches. Saturday's (Nov. 23) semifinals start at 5 p.m., and Sunday's (Nov. 24) championship finale gets underway at 8 p.m. and broadcast live on ESPNU and ESPN3.

Admission for the tournament is $10 each day and $25 for all three days.

About Howard University Athletics

The Howard University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics sponsors 19 NCAA Division I men and women varsity sports. The programs represent six conferences: The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC), Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC), Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association (CCSA), Sun Belt Conference, Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) and Atlantic Sun (ASUN) Conference.

About the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference

The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) begins its 49th year of intercollegiate competition with the 2019-20 academic school year. Located in Norfolk, Va., the MEAC is made up of 11 outstanding historically black institutions across the Atlantic coastline: Bethune-Cookman University, Coppin State University, Delaware State University, Florida A&M University, Howard University, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Morgan State University, Norfolk State University, North Carolina A&T State University, North Carolina Central University and South Carolina State University.

For more information, visit the Bison Athletics website at www.HUBison.comor the MEAC website at www.MEACSports.com.
 
 
Trio of Bison Earn MEAC Women’s Volleyball Postseason Honors
Tamar Wells named MEAC Rookie of the Year



 Derek Bryant  (Photo Credit – Howard Athletics)

NORFOLK, Va. (November 19, 2019) – The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) uncovered its 2019 women’s volleyball postseason honors where Howard University saw three Bison receive recognition. The announcement came Tuesday afternoon.

Freshman Tamar Wells (Apopka, Fla.) highlighted the afternoon after being named 2019 MEAC Rookie of the Year. Senior Kira Porter (Lake Tahoe, Nev.) earned All-MEAC First Team honors while third-year outside hitter Jurnee Tipton (Ypsilanti, Mich.) made the All-MEAC Second Team.

Wells had a stellar first season as a Bison, leading the squad with 80 total blocks (22 solo). The MEAC All-Rookie selection also ranked top 10 in the league in hitting percentage (.281) and blocks (0.80) while recording five double-digit kill performances.

After being named to the 2019 MEAC Preseason Team, Porter solidified herself as one of the top players in the conference. She led the conference in hitting percentage (.377) while finishing  in the top 75 nationally.

Tipton ended the regular season leading the Bison in total kills (243) and kills per set (2.56). Additionally, the Michigan product registered five double-doubles on the season, including 12digs and 10 kills at No. 20 USC.

Morgan State’s Zoe McBride and North Carolina A&T State’s Edie Brewer shared this year’s MEAC Player of the Year honors while the Aggies’ Hal Clifton claimed the league’s coach of the year award.

To view the 2019 MEAC Women’s Volleyball Postseason Honors, please click here.

Howard's quest for their fifth consecutive MEAC title begins Friday (Nov. 22) when they take on No. 4 (southern division) South Carolina State. The action starts at 2 p.m. inside Burr Gymnasium.

On Nov. 22-24, the 2019 MEAC Volleyball Championship will be held inside Burr Gymnasium. Competition begins Friday (Nov. 22) at 11 a.m. with the first of four quarterfinal matches. Saturday's (Nov. 23) semifinals start at 5 p.m., and Sunday's (Nov. 24) championship finale gets underway at 8 p.m. and broadcast live on ESPNU and ESPN3.

Admission for the tournament is $10 each day and $25 for all three days.

About Howard University Athletics

The Howard University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics sponsors 19 NCAA Division I men and women varsity sports. The programs represent six conferences: The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC), Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC), Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association (CCSA), Sun Belt Conference, Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) and Atlantic Sun (ASUN) Conference.

About the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference

The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) begins its 49th year of intercollegiate competition with the 2019-20 academic school year. Located in Norfolk, Va., the MEAC is made up of 11 outstanding historically black institutions across the Atlantic coastline: Bethune-Cookman University, Coppin State University, Delaware State University, Florida A&M University, Howard University, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Morgan State University, Norfolk State University, North Carolina A&T State University, North Carolina Central University and South Carolina State University.

For more information, visit the Bison Athletics website at www.HUBison.comor the MEAC website at www.MEACSports.com.
 
Rams Take a Heartbreaking 57-53 Loss to Bowie State in CIAA Opener

WSSU falls in final minute to open conference play

Trevin Goodwin
WINSTON-SALEM, NC – The Winston-Salem State Rams (3-3, 0-1 CIAA) played a terrific game for 39 minutes, but the final minute proved to be the difference when the Rams took a 57-53 loss to the Bowie State Bulldogs, Saturday afternoon. The Rams controlled the game until the final minute when the team took the hard-fought loss.

The loss came in spite of a solid overall game for the Rams. The Rams shot a solid 47.1% (eight-of-17) from the three-point line. However, the team committed 22 turnovers in the game. As a team, the Rams were held to shooting just 37.3% (19-of-51) in the game. WSSU sophomore forward Melody Prichard led the way for the Rams with 17 points in the game. Senior forward Brandi Segars added 15 points with eight rebounds.

The Rams controlled the first half with some strong play. The team got off to a slow start with Bowie State holding an early lead, but the Rams soon took control when the team closed the first quarter with and 8-0 run and took a 21-16 lead over the Bulldogs .In the second quarter, defense was the name of the game with the Rams and Bulldogs combining for 17 points. In the end, WSSU outscored the Bulldogs, 9-8 to take a 30-24 lead into the locker room.

The second half saw the Rams holding off a strong comeback effort by the Bulldogs for much of the time, but the team faltered in the final seconds of the loss. IN the third quarter, the Rams allowed the Bulldogs to outscore them, 12-7. At the end of the quarter,the Rams held on to a slim, 37-36 lead. The fourth quarter was a tough one for the Rams, but the team stepped up to the challenge at nearly every turn. When the Bulldogs claimed their first lead of the quarter, the Rams answered with a Prichard three-pointer that put the Rams back on top, 40-38 with 8:25 left to play. In the final minutes of the game, both teams traded leads. The Rams built a 53-48 lead after a Prichard lay-up with 2:23. The Rams were held scoreless for the remainder of the game, but the team’s defense held the Bulldogs at bay. WSSU held a 53-51 lead before allowing a BSU lay-up with 1:02 left to play. The Rams also allowed a BSU lay-up with just 11 seconds left to play to leave the team trailing, 55-53. The Rams turned the ball over on their final play of the game and allowed a Bulldog breakaway lay-up to seal the WSSU 57-53 loss.

With the loss, the Rams fall to 3-3 overall and 0-1 in Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) play. The Rams will return to action, Monday, when the team hosts the Lincoln (Pa.) Lady Lions in a 5:30 p.m. game. For more information on Rams women’s basketball,  log on to www.WSSURams.com.