Columbia, Md. -- CCBC Essex opened its Maryland Juco Conference and NJCAA Region XX slate on Tuesday at Howard and sophomore guard Mya Moye finished with a career and game-high 33 points in route to a 104-83 victory on the road.
Moye - a transfer from Florida A&M - shot 12-16 overall and hit 7-of-8 threes. She also finished one assist shy of a double-double and had five rebounds and two steals.
"Mya [Moye] has been finding her groove over the last few games," said Seney, who extended his winning streak versus conference opponents to 86. "We knew a breakout performance was coming and we're glad it happened in a tough road game."
Moye is now averaging 19.8 points per game and 5.9 assists per game, both of which rank 6th in the conference and 4th in Region XX Division II.
Freshman Logan Handy (Chester Charter Academy) was second on the team and third in the game with 17 points (6-15). She also added four steals.
The Knights (8-1, 1-0 Maryland Juco) allowed the Dragons to stay in the game early, leading by only four points after the first frame.
They outscored Howard 23-17 in the second quarter to take a 46-36 lead into halftime.
"We wanted to make sure we capitalized off [Howard's] mistakes," Seney said he and the coaches told the team at the break. "That's how you extend a lead. You get stops and make the other team pay. That was our message at halftime."
The third quarter was a full on assault, as Essex went 16-27 from the field (59.3%), including 6-10 from beyond the arc (60%) to outscore Howard 41-24.
Handy scored 16 in the third and Moye was a perfect 4-4 overall, going 3-3 from three-point land.
Howard (7-2, 1-1 Maryland Juco) bested the Knights 23-17 in the fourth frame, but the damage was already done, as CCBC Essex handed Howard its first confernce loss of the season.
Freshmen Amiyah Holmes (West Catholic Prep) and Trinity Horton (Chesapeake-Baltimore County) finshed with 13 and 10 points, respectively. Holmes shot 6-9 and Horton 4-10, as both came off the bench for 20 minutes.
CCBC Essex's bench outscored Howard's 31-17.
As a team, the Knights shot 47.2% (42-89) from the floor and hit 40.6% (13-32) of its three-point attempts.
"It always feels good to win on the road in conference play," said Seney. "Those games are always tough, especially with us having such a big target on our backs. We are going to get every teams' best game."
The Knights are off until December 7th when they return home to host Potomac State College. Tipoff is scheduled for 2 p.m.