GARDEN CITY, NY – The University of the District of Columbia women's basketball team suffered a 90-62 loss to host Adelphi University in East Region non-conference play Sunday afternoon at the Center for Recreation and Sport.
The Firebirds (2-3) were led offensively by junior transfer guard Natasha Roy's 11 points and four assists – both team-highs. Twice-reigning East Coast Conference Rookie of the Week Daeja Quick added nine points, and junior transfer guard Mia-Alexis Lloyd grabbed a team-high five rebounds while scoring eight points and collecting two assists and two steals.
Adelphi (4-2) earned its 3rd straight win as 11 different players entered the scoring column, including four starters in double-figures. Simone Hobdy led all scorers with 20 points to go with a game-high five steals and three assists. Natalie Fekula hauled in a game-high eight rebounds and added 11 points, and point guard Jess Camarda handed out a game-high eight assists and scored five points.
UDC jumped out to early leads of 3-0 and 5-3, but after an Emily Miccile three-pointer made it 6-5 Adelphi at 8:21, the Panthers never trailed again. UDC sophomore transfer guard Natalija Dubrovina, who knocked down two three-pointers in the first quarter, forced an 8-8 tie with the 2nd of those three-pointers at the 6:34 mark, and later, after surrendering six straight points, UDC answered right back with the next six to tie it at 14-all with a layup by Roy at 3:16. From that point on though, it was all Adelphi, as the Panthers closed out the first quarter on a 10-1 run to claim a 24-15 lead at the end of the period.
The Panthers' momentum carried over into the 2nd quarter where they opened on a 10-0 run in the first three-and-a-half minutes of the period. In a nearly seven-minute run that split both quarters, Adelphi held UDC without a field goal and out-scored the Firebirds, 20-1 to take a 34-15 lead. The Panthers would go on to out-score UDC 22-10 in the 2nd quarter, and they took a commanding, 46-25 lead at halftime.
Lloyd would score the first points of the 3rd quarter with a layup 10 seconds in to make it a 19-point deficit, but that was as close as UDC would get the rest of the way. Though the Firebird offense picked up in the 2nd half with 20 points in the 3rd quarter and 17 points in the 4th, Adelphi more than matched them with 44 combined points, including 30 in the 3rd quarter. The Panthers would go on to win comfortably, 90-62.
Next up, UDC will host Virginia Union on Wednesday, November 29th at 6 p.m.