May 21, 2008
UDC Women’s Basketball among Most Improved in Country for 2007-08
Indianapolis, Ind-- The University of the District of Columbia Lady Firebird Basketball Team has been included on the 2007-08 NCAA Division II Most Improved Basketball Team list. The Lady Firebirds ended the 2006-07 season with a 13-15 record.

May 8, 2008
Robin Williams to Receive Reslyn W. Henley Award
Washington, DC--- Robin Williams, the team captain of the University of the District of Columbia Lady Firebirds Basketball Team, was named the recipient of the Reslyn W. Henley Memorial Award on May 5, 2008. The Reslyn W. Henley Memorial Award is presented annually by the “M” Club, in memory of Reslyn W. Henley, a graduate of the District of Columbia Teachers College, a UDC predecessor school. The “M” Club started as an athletics support organization for the District of Columbia Teachers College, and continues to operate in support of athletics at the University of the District of Columbia.

April 18, 2008
Trustees Honor UDC Basketball Achievements
On Tuesday, April 15, 2008, the Board of Trustees of the University of the District of Columbia recognized the achievements of UDC student-athletes during the 2007-08 academic year. The Lady Firebirds Basketball Team was recognized for their outstanding performance on the basketball court, which resulted in them winning the Independent Schools Women’s National Basketball Championship in February of this year.

April 2, 2008
Women’s Division II Bulletin Names UDC’s Lillian McGill to All-Freshman Team
Washington, DC—University of the District of Columbia Lady Firebirds forward Lillian McGill, has been named to the Women’s Division II Bulletin’s 2008 All-Freshman Team. McGill, from Sumter, South Carolina, was among 10 national NCAA Division II players selected for this award. She averaged 13.4 points, 10.4 rebounds and 1.48 steals per game while shooting 50% from the floor during her freshman year. This was the second major award McGill has received this year. In March, she was named the Independents Collegiate Athletic Association Freshman (ICAA) of the Year and to ICAA First Team.

March 26, 2008
Lillian McGill Named ICAA Freshman of the Year
Washington, DC—University of the District of Columbia Lady Firebirds forward Lillian McGill, has been named the 2008 Independents Collegiate Athletic Association Freshman of the Year. McGill, from Sumter, South Carolina, averaged 13.4 points, 10.4 rebounds and 1.48 steals per game while shooting 50% from the floor.

March 26, 2008
UDC Head Women’s Basketball Coach Lester L. Butler, Jr., is ICAA Coach of the Year
Washington, DC—Lester L. Butler, Jr., head coach of the University of the District of Columbia Lady Firebirds Basketball Team, has been named the 2008 Independents Collegiate Athletic Association Coach of the Year. Butler led the Lady Firebirds to a 21-8 season, and the 2008 Independent Schools National Basketball Championship.

February 26, 2008
UDC WINS N.I.T. BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP, DEFEATING UPRB 82-54
Washington, DC: February 26, 2008—The University of the District of Columbia Lady Firebirds defeated the University of Puerto Rico-Bayamon, 82-54, to win the National Independent Schools Women’s Tournament tonight at the Physical Activities Center. A field of seven NCAA Division II Independent Schools, and one NAIA participated in the Tournament February 23-26, at UDC.

February 21, 2008
UDC Lady Firebirds Fall 60-59 to Edinboro Lady Fighting Scotts
Edinboro, PA: February 21, 2008—It was an exciting finish to a hard fought contest as the University of the District of Columbia Lady Firebirds fell to the Edinboro University Lady Fighting Scotts, 60-59, tonight in Edinboro, Pennsylvania. Freshman forward Lillian McGill (Sumter, SC) led UDC in scoring with 15 points and 16 rebounds, her 17th double-double of the season.

February 18, 2008
Lady Firebirds Welcome Lady Builders to Washington, Then Dismantle Them 64-48
Washington, DC: February 18, 2008—The Apprentice School Lady Builders paid their first visit to the University of the District of Columbia tonight to play the Lady Firebirds in basketball. Unfortunately, for them, UDC did a little dismantling instead of allowing the Builders to do much building. UDC also celebrated the completion of the collegiate basketball careers of four senior players during “Senior Night” festivities.Lady Firebird seniors Ashley Alexander, Eniola Bakare, Sylvia Kemp and Robin Williams played in their final regular season home game tonight.

February 16, 2008
UDC Lady Firebirds Out Gun Columbia Union College Lady Pioneers 91-87
Takoma Park, MD: February 16, 2008—Freshman forward Lillian McGill (Sumter, SC) tallied her 15th double-double (20 points and 13 rebounds) of the season to lead the University of the District of Columbia Lady Firebirds past the Columbia Union College Lady Pioneers 87-91 tonight at the “Pit”. The win improves UDC’s record to 17-7 for the season.

February 14, 2008
UDC Snaps Bowie State’s Home Win Streak with 49-48, Defeat
Bowie, MD: February 14, 2008—Two University of the District of Columbia Lady Firebirds led the team to a, 49-48, win over the Bowie State University Lady Bulldogs, this afternoon in the A.C. Jordan Center, snapping their 10 game home win steak. Senior guard Ashley Alexander (Washington, DC) and sophomore point guard Nicole Cooper (Ft. Washington, MD) scored 12 points apiece to take the win and improve the UDC season record to 16-7.

February 12, 2008
UDC FALLS TO CHEYNEY, 78-74, IN OVERTIME
Cheyney, PA: February 11, 2008—Senior Ashley Alexander (Washington, DC) led the University of the District of Columbia Lady Firebirds in scoring tonight against the Lady Wolves of Cheyney State University, getting 17 points and 7 rebounds, but it was not enough as Cheyney defeated them in overtime, 78-74. Cheney’s Lutfiyya Muhammad paced the Lady Wolves to the win with a game high 22 points, to give them their 8th victory of the season.

February 8, 2008
UDC Head Women’s Basketball Coach Lester L. Butler, Jr.,Gets 50th Career Win
Washington, DC: February 3, 2008—University of the District of Columbia Head Women’s Basketball Coach Lester L. Butler, Jr., has collected his 50th career win since assuming the coaching mantel at the University. The milestone was reached on January 28, 2008, when the UDC Lady Firebirds defeated the Saint Andrews Lady Knights in Laurinburg, North Carolina. His UDC coaching record stands at 50-62.

February 8, 2008
UDC Defeats Chowan, 50-43, in Breast Cancer Awareness Game
Washington, DC: February 9, 2008—In an erratic game during which the teams had a combined 44 turnovers, the University of the District of Columbia Lady Firebirds defeated the Chowan University Lady Hawks, 50-43, at the Physical Activities Center this afternoon. The game was an annual observance of Breast Cancer Awareness Day, which focuses attention on the fact that breast cancer is the second leading cause of death for all women and the leading cause of death in women between the ages of 20 and 59.

February 5, 2008
UDC Lady Firebirds Down CUC Lady Pioneers 68-55
Washington, DC: February 5, 2008—The Lady Firebirds of the University of the District of Columbia had two celebrations tonight. First, they celebrated the observance of “National Girls and Women in Sports Day” during half-time festivities, then their 68-55 victory over the Columbia Union College Lady Pioneers.

February 3, 2008
Virginia State Sends UDC Home with a 61-53 Defeat
Ettrick, VA: February 3, 2008—Although freshman forward Lillian McGill (Sumter, SC) grabbed a career and team high 18 rebounds, and got 12 points for her 10th double-double of the season, it was not enough, alone, to get the win, as the University of the District of Columbia Lady Firebirds fell to the Virginia State University Lady Trojans, 61-53, this afternoon in Ettrick, Virginia. VSU’s Eugenia Carson had a double-double of her own, with 17 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Lady Trojans to the win.

January 28, 2008
Lady Firebirds Torch Lady Knights 54-40
Laurinburg, NC: January 28, 2008-- Senior guard Ashley Alexander (Washington, DC) regained her old form tonight, coming off the bench to lead the University of the District of Columbia Lady Firebirds to a, 54-40, torching of the St. Andrews Lady Knights in Laurinburg, North Carolina. Alexander posted 16-points and grabbed 8 rebounds in leading UDC to the 14-point win.

January 26, 2008
UDC Lady Firebirds Regain Footing, Defeat St. Augustine's Lady Falcons 67-59
Raleigh, NC: January 26, 2008—Led by junior guard Devaughn Hailey (Camden,NJ), the University of the District of Columbia Lady Firebirds regained their footing this afternoon and avenged an earlier loss to the St. Augustine’s Lady Falcons by defeating them, 67-59, today at the Emery Gymnasium. Using behind the arc, 3-point, 44% shooting (10 for 23), and Hailey’s 19 -point performance, the Lady Firebirds led most of the game and took the victory back to Washington, improving their season record to 12-5.

January 21, 2008
UDC Stumbles, Loses to Edinboro 72-63
Washington, DC: January 21, 2008—After getting off to a slow start the University of the District of Columbia Lady Firebirds and the Edinboro University Lady Fighting Scotts finally got down to the business at hand; scoring points to determine the winner of tonight’s basketball contest. Once the teams were able to find their range they battled to four ties, in the first half, going into the break with the score knotted at 29.

January 19, 2008
Lady Firebirds Extend Win Streak with, 47-38, Defeat of Chowan Lady Hawks
Murfreesboro, NC: January 19, 2008—With a 47-38 win over the Lady Hawks of Chowan College, today, at the Helms Center, the University of the District of Columbia Lady Firebirds extended their win streak to four, and improved their season record to 11-4. Freshman forward Lillian McGill (Sumter, S.C.) paced UDC to the win with a 13-point, 3 rebound performance.

January 10, 2008
Lady Firebirds Win Re-match, Defeat Lady Vikings 55-51
Elizabeth City, NC: January 10, 2008—On December 3, 2007, the Elizabeth City State University Lady Vikings left their calling card with the University of the District of Columbia Lady Firebirds with the message of a 55-52 defeat on the UDC home court. Tonight was payback time, as the Lady Firebirds returned the favor with a 55-51 win over the Lady Vikings on their home court.

January 7, 2008
Guards Spark 62-49 Victory
Washington, DC: January 7, 2008 Revenge can inspire teams to raise their level of play. The UDC Lady Firebirds proved this point when they faced the Davis & Elkins Lady Senators. The Lady Senators handed UDC their second loss of the season, 69-67, on December 8, 2007. That game was played on Davis & Elkins’s home court in West Virginia. With this game in their home gym, the lady Firebirds looked to exact a little revenge.

January 4, 2008
Shaking Off the Rust
Washington, DC:January 3, 2008--In their second game of 2008, the UDC Lady Firebirds overcame a sluggish start to defeat the St. Paul's Lady Tigers, 62-46 at the Physical Activities Center. The Lady Firebirds were led by Devaughn Hailey. The guard scored 17 points on 7 of 9 shooting. Ashley Alexander added nine points while handing out four assists.

January 3, 2008
UDC Loses Their Classic Opener
Washington, DC: January 3, 2008--After waiting through two games, and four overtimes, the UDC Lady Firebirds finally took the court for their game against the St. Augustine's Lady Falcons. In the second game of the 2008 UDC New Year’s Classic, the Lady Firebirds looked to continue the success they achieved before the end of 2007. The winter break proved to provide a little bit of rust, as the Lady Firebirds fell 67-65 to the Lady Falcons of St. Augustine's College.

December 27, 2007
UDC Lady Firebirds New Year's Classic, January 2-3, 2008
Washington, DC--- The University of the District of Columbia Lady Firebirds Basketball Team tips-off 2008 with a New Year’s Basketball Classic January 2-3, featuring four NCAA Division II schools. The Columbia Union College Lady Pioneers (MD), Saint Augustine’s College Lady Falcons (NC), Saint Paul’s College Lady Tigers (VA) and the UDC Lady Firebirds are the Classic participants.

December 15, 2007
UDC Lady Firebirds Rebound Nicely
Washington, DC: December 15, 2007-- The UDC Lady Firebirds started again. After losing their last home contest to Virginia State University, the Lady Firebirds got back into the winning column. They defeated the Mt. Olive Lady Trojans 79-70 to make their record 7-3.

December 12, 2007
Comeback Stops Just Short
Washington, DC: December 12, 2007--During the early portion of their season, the UDC Lady Firebirds have proven themselves to be a resilient team. That quality was on full display Wednesday night when the Lady Firebirds played the Virginia State Lady Trojans.

December 9, 2007
Lady Firebirds Defeat Alderson-Broaddus Lady Battlers Second Time this Season
Philippi, WVA: December 9, 2007— Freshman Lillian McGill (Sumter, SC) led the University of the District of Columbia Lady Firebirds to their second win of the season over the Lady Battlers of Alderson-Broaddus College this afternoon in the Rex Pyles Arena. McGill posted her fourth double-double of the season scoring a game high 26 points, collecting 15 rebounds, giving 2 assists and making 1 steal in leading the Lady Firebirds to the 69-53 win.

December 8, 2007
Lady Firebirds Drop Close Contest to Davis & Elkins Lady Senators 67-69
Elkins, WVA: December 8, 2007—Cara Waybright led the Davis & Elkins Lady Senators to a 69-67 win over the visiting University of the District of Columbia Lady Firebirds this afternoon in Elkins, West, Virginia. It was the second straight loss for the Lady Firebirds, who were held to 35 percent (24-69) shooting for the game.

December 4, 2007
Big Shot Ends Winning Streak
Washington DC: December 3, 2007--The UDC Lady Firebirds were on cloud nine. After starting the season with five straight wins, the team was in a tough game with the Elizabeth City State University Lady Vikings. Despite trailing by nine at halftime, the Lady Firebirds fought back to take a three point lead with 2:22 left.

December 1, 2007
Lady Firebirds Continue Early Season Success, Extend Win Streak to 5
Washington DC: December 1, 2007--The UDC Lady Firebirds continued their early season success with a 73-54 win over the Lady Jackets of West Virginia State University. The Lady Firebirds were led by the tandem of junior guard Robin Williams (Bronx, NY) and freshman forward Lillian McGill (Sumter, SC). Williams led the team with 21 points while McGill added 19 points and 11 rebounds, her second double-double of the season. McGill’s presence helped the Lady Firebirds enjoy a 44-32 advantage in rebounding.

November 29, 2007
“Lady Firebirds help out at Food & Friends”
Taking part in yet another community service event the Lady Firebird Women’s Basketball team, in conjunction with Food & Friends, helped reach out to the DC community. Since 1988, Food & Friends, an organization based here in Washington, DC, has been providing counseling, packages, meals, and groceries to residents around the DC Metro area living with HIV/AIDS and other illnesses.

November 28, 2007
UDC Downs Alderson-Broaddus 59-52
Washington, DC: November 28, 2007—The University of the District of Columbia Lady Firebirds downed the Alderson-Broaddus Lady Battlers, 59-52, at home tonight, extending their win streak to four and giving them their best early season record in many years. Sophomore guard Tiffany Church (Norfolk, VA) led the team to the win with 12 points 6 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals.

November 21, 2007
Lady Firebirds Drop Lady Wolves 85-77
Washington, DC: November 20, 2007--Robin Williams , a junior guard from the Bronx, New York, led the University of the District of Columbia Lady Firebirds to a, 85-77, win over the visiting Lady Wolves of Cheyney State University tonight. Williams tallied 19 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists in the game.

November 17, 2007
Lady Firebirds Defeat Lady Panthers,72-52, in Season Opener
Richmond, VA: November 17, 2007-- Senior Ashley Alexander paced the University of the District of Columbia Lady Firebirds to a 72-52 win over the Lady Panthers of Virginia Union University this afternoon in Richmond, Virginia. Alexander (Washington, DC) scored 16 points, grabbed 2 rebounds, dished out 2 assists and made 5 steals in 26 minutes of play.

October 25, 2007
UDC Lady Firebird’s Women’s Basketball Team lends a helping hand at the Special Olympics
Washington, D.C. - October 24, 2007-- Joining a number of volunteers, parents, and staff of DC’s Special Olympics, members of the UDC Women’s Basketball team offered their time, help, and support towards a great cause. Held in mid October at Turkey Thicket Recreational Center in North East DC, the Special Olympics put together one of many all-afternoon programs, offering sports and recreational events for persons with intellectual disabilities. Students with special needs from different elementary and middle schools around the DC metro area were able to show case their athletic abilities in a number of events including shooting, passing, and dribbling.

September 25, 2007
UDC Basketball Team Participates in Sickle Cell Walk
Washington, DC: September 22, 2007-- The University of the District of Columbia Lady Firebirds Basketball Team was among the hundreds who participated in the annual Sickle Cell Walk on Saturday, September 22, 2007 in downtown Washington, DC. The Sickle Cell Walk raises funds to help conduct research on the causes and a possible cure for this disease, which is more prelevant among African Americans.

September 13, 2007
Clarissa Newton Selected for NCAA Degree- Completion Award
Former University of the District of Columbia women’s basketball player Clarissa Newton has been selected by the NCAA to receive a NCAA Division II Degree- Completion Award. Ms. Newton’s basketball eligibility expired at the end of the 2006-07 season, and this award will pay her tuition and fees for her final year of studies at UDC.

July 11, 2007
Lady Firebirds Basketball Score High in Classroom
The Lady Firebirds Basketball Team scored major points in the classroom last semester, with several achieving a grade point average of above 3.5. Tiffany Church, a freshman, business management major, earned a 3.81 G.P.A., Narissa Eve, sophomore, business management (3.62), Narissa Eve, sophomore, business management (3.62), Robin Williams, sophomore, journalism major (3.60), and Nicole Cooper, freshman, business management (3.53). These exceptional young ladies earned a spot on the Dean’s List as a result of their academic achievement.