Skip to navigation Skip to content Skip to footer

University of the District of Columbia Women’s Basketball Drops First Game of the Season in East Coast Conference Opener. Firebirds Fall to St. Thomas Aquinas 63-52.

University of the District of Columbia Women’s Basketball Drops First Game of the Season in East Coast Conference Opener.  Firebirds Fall to St. Thomas Aquinas 63-52.

Sparkill, NY – The University of the District of Columbia Women's Basketball Team fell in their East Coast Conference (ECC) opener to St. Thomas Aquinas College 63-52.  The Firebirds entered the game with with a seven game winning streak on the year and an unblemished 7-0 record.  The Firebirds couldn't keep the momentum going, however, as their winning streak came to an end at the hands of the Spartans.  UDC drops to 7-1 (0-1 in the ECC) on the year while St. Thomas Aquinas advances to 6-3 (2-0 in the ECC).

The Spartans were led by senior forward Briana Sloper who posted a game-high 19 points and 12 rebounds in the win.  The Firebirds were paced by junior guard Janelle Junior (Riverside, CA – La Sierra HS) who posted 16 points in the loss.  The game was well contested for the entire first half.  The Spartans held the first real lead of the game 8-4 at the 14:22 mark in the first half.  The Firebirds kept battling, tying the game 22-22 with 2:10 to play in the half.  St. Thomas Aquinas held a slight lead headed into halftime 27-26.  For the first few minutes of the second half the Spartans were able to slowly build an advantage, taking a 42-32 lead halfway through the second half at the 10:23 mark.  The Firebirds mounted an impressive attempt at a comeback, closing the gap to 51-48 at the 2:51 mark.  The Spartans responded, however, putting together a 12-4 run to close out the game. 

The Firebirds return to action on Wednesday, December 14th at home against St. Augustines at 6:00 pm.