No. 23 University of the District of Columbia Women’s Basketball Suffers Lopsided Loss to C.W. Post in Season Finale

Lauren Brittingham had 11 points and nine assists.
Lauren Brittingham had 11 points and nine assists.

BROOKVILLE, NY –  The No. 23 University of the District of Columbia women's basketball team suffered a 78-60 loss in its season finale Saturday at C.W. Post.

"You've got to give C.W. Post credit - they played an excellent game today," head coach Lester Butler, Jr. said. "They wanted the game a little more than us today. We had a chance to claim a share of the regular season title, and we just didn't play our best basketball."

The Firebirds, who were outrebounded 49-38  and allowed 21 second-chance points, fell to 21-5 overall and 12-4 in league play to end the regular season. They will be the No. 2 seed in next week's East Coast Conference Tournament, where they will meet the winner of the No. 4 vs. No. 5 quarterfinal game in the semifinals.

C.W. Post, which shot 49-percent from the field and outscored UDC 44-30 in the second half, improved to 20-8 overall and 11-5 in the ECC. The Pioneers will be a No. 3 or No. 4 seed depending on the final of today's St. Thomas Aquinas game vs. Mercy.

Senior forward Dohnay Banice (Wilmington, DE – Williamson HS) led three Firebird scorers in double-figures with 15 points and eight rebounds. Guards Lauren Brittingham (Washington, DC – Potomac HS) and Ty Abilla (Galloway, NJ – Absegami HS) also scored 11 points apiece. Brittingham also handed out a season-high nine assists.

Stacy Griffith (Fredericksburg, VA – Riverbend HS) scored the first two points of the game, but C.W. Post answered with a 7-0 run and would never trail again for the rest of the day. After a three-pointer by Janelle Junior (Riverside, CA – La Sierra HS) ended a three-minute UDC dry-spell, the Pioneers  went on another 7-0 charge that extended their lead to 14-5 at the 14:18 mark. C.W. Post led by as many as 11 (25-14) before the Firebirds used a 10-0 surge to cut the deficit to one after a conventional three-point play by Dohnay Banice just past the seven-minute mark. Alexis Peters stopped the bleeding with a three-pointer, and Post out-scored UDC 9-6 to close out the half and take a 34-30 lead at the break.

Junior buried a three-pointer to start things off in the second-half and cut the deficit to one, but seven straight points by the Pioneers pushed their lead back to eight. A Brittingham three-pointer and two Abilla layups comprised a 7-1 Firebirds run to close the gap to 42-40 at the 15:17 mark, but it was all Pioneers from there. C.W. Post used a 22-2 blitz over the next 7:17 to take firm control of the game, 64-44 at the eight-minute mark. The Pioneers went on to even the season series with a comfortable, 78-60 win.