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Sunday, January 20, 2013

Firebirds Snap Five-Game Losing Streak With Decisive, 73-52 Win Over Molloy

January 19, 2013

Firebirds Snap Five-Game Losing Streak With Decisive, 73-52 Win Over Molloy

WASHINGTON, DC – The University of the District of Columbia women's basketball team's five-game losing streak came to a halt as the Firebirds earned a decisive, 73-52 East Coast Conference victory over Molloy at home on Saturday afternoon.
With the win, the Firebirds improved to 7-10 overall and 2-5 in league play while Molloy fell to 6-9 overall and 2-5 in the ECC.
The Firebirds' two leading scorers, senior guard Janelle Junior (Administration of Justice – Riverside, CA/La Sierra HS) and sophomore guard Denikka Brent (Mechanical Engineering – Chesapeake, VA/Booker T. Washington HS) each registered game-highs of 12 points to help their team to victory. Junior shot 3-of-3 from behind-the-arc and Brent made 6-of-8 from the free-throw line while also adding eight rebounds and two assists.
Other key contributors for District of Columbia were junior guard Julissa Anderson (Criminal Justice – Greensboro, NC/Southeast Guilford HS) with 11 points, freshman reserve guard Tajruba Baldwin-Kollore (Public Health – Newport News, VA/Denbigh HS) with nine points, junior forward Robin Keke(Biology – Bowie, MD/Bowie HS) with eight points, five rebounds and three steals, and junior point guard Teara Shaw  (Health Education – Bronx, NY/John F. Kennedy HS) with seven points, a game-high nine assists, three rebounds and two steals.
Having shot just 31-percent from the field and scored a mere 45.6 points per-game over their last five, the Firebirds came out and shot 23-of-52 (44-percent) and scored over 70 points for the first time since November 28th, 2012. Meanwhile, the defense continued to play well, holding its fifth opponent in six games to 60 points or less. The Firebirds held the Lions to 28-percent shooting and forced 21 turnovers.
Molloy put two scorers in double-figures – reserve guard Kelly Guerriero (12 points) and starting guard Ashley Addison (10 points, seven rebounds). Lions starting forward Ikema Ross had a game-high nine rebounds as well.
District of Columbia got off to a fast start as four different Firebirds scored to begin the game on an 8-0 run. Molloy answered back with a jumper by Alex Hampton and a three-pointer by Guerriero to cut the lead to 8-5, but back-to-back treys by Junior sparked a 9-0 Firebirds surge which put the hosts up 17-5 almost halfway through the first frame. The Lions crept back within single-digits after consecutive three-pointers by Addison and Guerriero and later closed within five after a jumper by Alexia O'Connor just before the seven-minute mark. Still leading by just seven with 2:40 to play in the first half, the Firebirds scored five of the final seven points to take a 36-26 cushion into intermission.
The Lions scored the first four points of the game when play resumed, and following a pair of free-throws by Nicole Arnone, the Firebirds' lead was just six with 18 minutes still to play. Brent's jumper at the 17:20 mark would then ignite a 7-0 Firebirds run, culminating in a layup by Anderson just before the 16-minute mark to put District of Columbia ahead 43-30. The Firebirds lead would remain in double-digits the rest of the way despite Molloy closing within 11 on four separate occasions. After another Guerriero three-pointer at the 11:21 mark brought them within 11 for the fourth and final time, the Firebirds put the game away with a 13-0 run over the next seven minutes to take a commanding lead, 66-42. District of Columbia's lead would balloon at 25 (71-46) at the 2:44 mark before the Firebirds settled for a 73-52 final verdict.
Next up, the Firebirds host ECC foe Queens on Wednesday, January 23rd at 7 p.m.

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