January 9, 2011

Firebirds sweep New Years Classic with 67-54 win over Central State

Washington, DC: January 9, 2011 – The UDC women's basketball team (10-6) used impressive defense and three-point shooting to win their third game in a row, 67-54, over the Central State University Marauders (6-6).The win was the ninth in 10 home games for the Firebirds this season, and they are currently in the midst of their third 3-game winning streak of the year. Both of the previous winning streaks ended after three games.

 It was the three-point shooting that was key for the Firebirds in this game, as they shot 41.2% (7 of 17) from beyond the arc, almost 15 percentage points higher than their season average of 27.8% from long distance. Freshman guard Julissa Anderson (Early Childhood Education – Greensboro, NC) was key in the offensive attack, as she finished with 14 points, and shot 4 of 7 from beyond the arc. Graduate student Niqky Hughes (Public Administration – Fort Worth, TX) also contributed with 12 points, shooting 50% from three-point range. Senior forward Lillian McGill (Admin. Of Justice – Sumter, SC) led the team in scoring with 15 points. She also had a game-high 14 rebounds, and was named the tournament MVP.

Defensively the Firebirds had 11 steals, and held the Marauders to just 25.5% shooting from the field for the game. UDC broke the game open when it went on a 9-0 run beginning with 5:38 remaining in the first half. The run turned a 23-22 ballgame into a 32-22 ballgame, and the Firebirds never looked back.

The closest the Marauders got in the second half was cutting the UDC lead to seven with 6:29 remaining in the ballgame on a three-pointer by freshman guard Iniquia Snell. UDC answered right back though, with a jumper by junior guard Jasmine Rich (Business Management – Willingboro, NJ) that started a 6-0 run for the Firebirds, which put the game out of reach.

Snell led the way for Central State with 18 points, followed by senior forward Brooklyn Morrow who had 17 points and 5 rebounds. Morrow was named to the all-tournament team along with Anderson for UDC, Ashley Deans from King College, and Vanessa Rice from Washington Adventist.

Next up for UDC is a game at home Wednesday, January 12, against Salem International, at 6:00pm. The game can be heard live by clicking on the "audio" link under the scheduled game at www.udcfirebirds.com.