The University of the District of Columbia women’s basketball team upset NCAA Div. II No. 25 Virginia State 88-62 Nov. 19. With the win, the Firebirds, who had already received votes in the poll, strengthened their case to be ranked with the best.
The Firebirds return to the court Nov. 22 against Bloomfield College (1-1) for their second home game of the season. Tip-off is at 1 p.m. Dennika Brent leads UDC averaging 16.7 points, 10 rebounds and 4.7 steals per game. Bria White only plays about 22 minutes a night, but she scores 16.3 ppg. Telisha Turner paces the Firebirds in assists (6.3) and contributes 14 ppg. Shakena Williams and Tatyana Calhoun each contributes 10 ppg.
Turner led the way against VSU (1-1) with 19 points and five assists. Williams (Calvin Coolidge/Frederick CC) added 14 points, including four treys. Calhoun contributed 10 points. UDC (3-0) held VSU to 38 percent shooting from the floor. Brent collected a team-high two blocks, five steals and 10 rebounds.
Tiffanie Adair led the Trojans (1-1) securing 16 points and 10 rebounds. Da’Shae Jones followed through with 13 points. Jessica Lyons (Largo) collected 11 points. DeAnna Waters (Wise) netted nine points and eight rebounds for the Trojans.
The good news at Bowie State University is the Lady Bulldogs (1-3) have finished the Div. I part of the schedule. Fans will get a chance to see if playing the bigger schools has improved BSU on their Div. II schedule Nov. 22 when the Lady Bulldogs host Alderson Broaddus University (0-2). Tip time is set for 2 pm in the A.C. Jordan Arena.
George Washington University was the benefactor of BSU’s latest foray into the land of the giants. The Colonials (2-1) routed their Div. II opponent 88-45 Nov. 19 at the Smith Center.
Four players on the George Washington squad posted double figures. Caira Washington (Georgetown Day School) and Mia Farmer put up 13 and 11 points respectively while Chakecia Miller and Brianna Cummings added 10 points each. Lauren Chase (Riverdale Baptist/UMBC) contributed eight points, 10 assists and five steals against Bowie State. Kelli Prange (Damascus) finished with nine points, nine rebounds and two blocks. Prange, a freshman, leads the Colonials with 16.3 points and 10 rebounds per game.
Donia Naylor (Anacostia/Angelina College) led Bowie State with 14 points. Naylor along with Alisha Burley tied for team-high six rebound honors apiece. Ty-Nita Baker 11 points and Jasmine McIntosh (Bowie/East Tennessee State) came off the bench to score eight points in her season debut and added five rebounds.
The Colonials return to action on Saturday when they host No. 9 Maryland at 3:30 p.m. The Terrapins (3-0) routed No. 25 South Florida 85-67 Wednesday. Shatori Walker-Kimbrough scored a career-high 25 points, including 17 in the first half, while Malina Howard notched her first career double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds. Lexie Brown added 15 points, Kristen Confroy had 11 and Laurin Mincy scored 10.