February 15, 2012

GAME PREVIEW: University of the District of Columbia Women's Basketball vs. Mercy

DOBBS FERRY, NY - The No. 25 University of the District of Columbia women's basketball team will look to bounce back from a loss to Dowling on Saturday as the Firebirds visit East Coast Conference foe Mercy College on Wednesday, February 15th at 5:30 p.m.

Fans can catch live audio play-by-play by Eli Pearlstein via www.udcfirebirds.com. Visit the team's schedule page and follow the link for "Audio."

The Firebirds (18-4, 9-3 ECC) had been on an eight-game win-streak and were ranked No. 23 in the country prior to Saturday's 61-42 loss at home to Dowling in the battle of the ECC's top-two teams. UDC has not lost back-to-back games this season, having bounced back from each of its four losses with a victory.

Mercy comes into Wednesday night's game with an overall record of 2-20 and a league mark of 2-10. They are next to last in the league standings and rank dead last in three-point shooting (19.7%), free-throw shooting (63.6%) and rebounding margin (-5.7). They do however feature the league's third-highest scorer and rebounder in Jasmine Williams (17.5 ppg, 8.6 rpg).

Williams led Mercy with 18 points and 10 rebounds when these two teams met at UDC Gym on January 18th, but the Firebirds soared past the Mavericks, 84-61. Eight different UDC players got in the scoring column that night, including senior forward Dohnay Banice (Wilmington, DE - Williamson HS) with 24 points and nine rebounds. Janelle Junior (Riverside, CA - La Sierra HS) knocked down a game-high five three-pointers to finish with 19 points and a game-high seven steals, and Stacy Griffith (Fredericksburg, VA - Riverbend HS) had a double-double of 12 points and 13 rebounds.