Washington, DC: November 18, 2008-- Three players scored in double figures tonight for the University of the District of Columbia Lady Firebirds as they defeated the # 2 ranked California University of Pennsylvania Lady Vulcans, 74-64, in the Physical Activities Center. Sophomore forward Lillian McGill (Sumter SC) paced the Lady Firebirds to the victory with 20 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists.
Senior forward Deyshia Williams (Camden, NJ), making her first start, added 15 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists, and senior guard LaQuanda Brandon (Washington, DC) contributed 14 points. Senior guard Lindsay Johnson led the Lady Vulcans in scoring with a game-high 21 points, followed by sophomore forward Kayla Smith with 13 and sophomore guard Amber Dubyak with 12 points. Junior guard Brooque Williams posted a triple- double of 11 points, 14 rebounds and 10 steals for the Lady Vulcans.
UDC Head Women’s Basketball Coach Lester L. Butler, Jr. said, “It was a big win for our program, having the opportunity to play one of the top Division II teams in the country. California was ranked #2 in the nation among Division II schools in the Pre-season USA Today ESPN Coaches’ Poll this year, and went to the Elite 8 last year. They returned 5 starters from that Elite 8 squad this year.”
Butler went on to say, “This was a game that we circled on our schedule because last year we finished 21-8 and did not go to the playoffs. Therefore, we scheduled some of the best teams in the country in order to be ranked in the region.”
“Lillian McGill played an exceptional game and showed that she is one of the best post players in the country. Deyshia Williams played well in her first start and was very aggressive in the game, scoring 15 points and grabbing 8 rebounds. LaQuanda Brandon played extremely well in the second half coming down the stretch and hitting some big baskets. Freshman Stacy Griffith came in from the bench and chipped in with 9 points and 7 rebounds to allow us to seal the win”, said Butler.
UDC caught on fire in the second half after getting off to a slow first half start, shooting 64 percent in the half (16-25) and 51 percent ( 26-51) for the game. UDC had phenomenal free throw shooting (100 percent (4-4) first half) and 77 percent (20-26) for the game.
UDC, now 2-1, returns to action on Saturday,
November 22, at home hosting the 2nd Annual UDC Classic. They will
play Davis & Elkins College at 4 p.m. California drops to 2-1
and will play Saginaw Valley State on Saturday.