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Firebirds cap off Homecoming Classic with 59-37 win over St. Paul’s College

Niqky Hughes scores 18 points to lead Firebirds to victory in consecutive games
Niqky Hughes scores 18 points to lead Firebirds to victory in consecutive games

Washington, DC: November 21, 2010 – The UDC Lady Firebirds (3-1) stayed undefeated at home this season with a 59-37 win over the St. Paul's College Tigers (1-3) in the final game of the 2010 UDC Homecoming Thanksgiving Classic.

UDC jumped out to an 11-2 lead with 16:47 remaining in the first half and never looked back. Graduate student Niqky Hughes (Public Administration – Fort Worth, TX) paced the Firebirds with 16 points in the game on 6 of 11 shooting, including hitting 2 of 4 shots from beyond the arc. Joining Hughes in double figures were senior forward Lillian McGill (Admin. Of Justice – Sumter, SC) who had 11 points and was three rebounds away from her fourth double-double of the year, and freshman guard Renita Walker (Electrical Engineering – Norfolk, VA) who had 10 points and a team-high 12 rebounds.

As a team, the Firebirds shot 11 of 25 (44.0%) from the field in the first half, and 5 of 11 from three-point range (45.5%). The Tigers, on the other hand, only shot 6 of 25 (24.0%) from the field in the first half, and missed all four of their three-point attempts. UDC also outscored St. Paul's off turnovers in the first half 14 - 6, which helped the Firebirds race to a 20-point half-time lead, 32 – 12

The second half saw no major runs by either team, and the closest the Tigers got was when they cut UDC's lead to 13 on a lay-up by Jasmine Stewart with 6:17 remaining in the game. The Firebirds quickly answered with a lay-up of their own by McGill with 5:57 remaining to stretch the lead back out to 15, and seconds later Walker hit a three-pointer to again give the Firebirds a comfortable advantage they would not relinquish.

Hughes was named the tournament MVP with a combined 28 points during the two games the Firebirds played over the weekend. McGill and junior guard Kendra Johnson (Mass Media – Mt. Laurel, NJ) were named to the all-tournament team from UDC. Sophomore guard Jasmine Stewart was named to the all-tournament team for the Tigers, with 29 points during the two games the Tigers played.

The other selections to the all-tournament team were Lauren Staats from Georgian Court University, and Nadirah Brown from Cheyney University.

 The Firebirds have one more game before the Thanksgiving break, on Tuesday, November 23, at 6:00pm, against Shippensburg at the UDC sports complex. The game can be heard live on-line by clicking on the "audio" link.