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Firebirds Send the Marauders Down to an 85-43 Defeat to Sweep Season Series

Kendra Johnson paced the Firebirds to victory over Central State by scoring 16 points
Kendra Johnson paced the Firebirds to victory over Central State by scoring 16 points

Wilberforce, Ohio: February 19, 2011-- It didn't take the University of the District of Columbia Firebirds Women's Basketball Team long to dispense with the Central State University Marauders today at Beacom/Lewis Gymnasium in Wilberforce, Ohio. Junior guard Kendra Johnson (Mass Media- Mt. Laurel, NJ) led the Firebirds to an 85-43 triumph over the Marauders by scoring 16 points, pulling down 3 boards, dishing out 2 assists and making 4 steals. The Firebirds improved to 16-8 overall with this win, while the Marauders fell to 8-14.

For all practical purposes, the outcome of this game was clear at the end of the first half, as the Firebirds outscored the Marauders 40-19 in this period alone. It was all downhill from then on for the Marauders as they could not contain the Firebirds scoring, which saw them outscored 45-24 in the second half.

The Firebirds shot 45 percent (17-38) from the field during the first half to the Marauder's 27 percent (9-33), 27 percent (3-11) from beyond the arc to the Marauder's 0 percent (0-4), and 43 percent ( 3-7) from the free-throw line to the Marauder's 33 percent (1-3).

Things did not improve for the Marauders in the second half and they ended the game at 27 percent (17-63) shooting from the field, 0 percent (0.0) from beyond the arc and 56 percent (9-16) from the charity stripe. The Firebirds nearly outgunned them in all scoring categories for the game shooting 44 percent (36-81) from the field, 37 percent (7-19) from beyond the arc and 50 percent (6-12) from the charity stripe.

Joining Johnson in double digit scoring for the Firebirds were freshman forward Monet Nias (Criminology, Glen Burnie, MD) with 13 points, 4 rebounds, junior guard Jamilia Bonner (Accounting-Mobile, AL) with 11 points, seven rebounds, 1 block and senior forward/center Lillian McGill ( Criminal Justice-Sumter, SC), who scored 10 points and pulled down 12 boards for her tenth double-double of the season.

Scoring in double digits for the Marauders were Taylor Hanson with 12 points, 5 rebounds and 1 assist, and Adrianne Griffith, who scored 11 points, pulled down 5 boards, made 1 assist and steal each.

The Firebirds will remain in the Buckeye state for a February 21 contest against the Urbana University Blue Knights.  They will return home for the UDC Independent Schools Invitational Classic on February 25, 26 & 27, which they are hosting.