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University of the District of Columbia Men’s and Women’s Basketball Teams Both Ranked in National Top-25

The Firebirds cracked the NABC/Division II national poll for the first time this season with a No. 22 ranking.
The Firebirds cracked the NABC/Division II national poll for the first time this season with a No. 22 ranking.


WASHINGTON, DC  –  The University of the District of Columbia men's basketball  and women's basketball teams have both earned top-25 national rankings in their respective national polls released on Tuesday, February 14th, 2012. The men's team earned their second national ranking of the season at No. 22 while the women were ranked a second consecutive week at No. 25.

District of Columbia is one of just six schools in Division II to have both its men's and women's basketball teams ranked in the top-25. The two Firebird teams have combined for the third most basketball wins in the nation with 37.

"This is a milestone for our men's and women's basketball programs, our Athletic Department, and for the entire university," Director of Athletics Patricia Thomas said. "We are exceptionally proud of our student-athletes and coaches."

The Firebird men, who were ranked No. 22 in the January 10th edition of the National Association of Basketball Coaches' (NABC) poll, are back in the polls at the very same spot. They are currently 19-3 overall and riding a five-game win-streak. They feature one of the best scoring backcourts in the nation in senior guards Nigel Munson (20.2 ppg) and Brandon Herbert (19.3 ppg). The two rank No. 23 and 36 in the nation, respectively.

Meanwhile, the women's team is 18-4 overall and has won 10 of its last 12 games, which included an eight-game win-streak. The Firebirds also started the season with a seven-game win-streak during which they beat last year's Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference champion, Goldey-Beacom College and then No. 18 ranked, Holy Family University. They were ranked No. 23 in last week's poll, but suffered a 61-42 defeat versus Dowling to slip two spots to No. 25.

Butler's squad features a tenacious defense which ranks 12th in the nation for steals per-game with 13.0. Six different players on the squad have over 30 steals, and the team has combined for 285 thefts thus far.

Both teams will look to continue their winning ways as they visit East Coast Conference foe Mercy College for a doubleheader on Wednesday, February 15th at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m.