The Firebirds (3-18, 1-10 ECC) started the first seconds of the first quarter off strong with an early 10-2 lead, by the end of the first quarter the Firebirds were up by 8 (18-10) points setting the tempo for the game. – By the end of the 2nd quarter the Firebirds were down but still fighting having scored 7 points in 2nd quarter making it a five point game (25-30). By the 3rd quarter the Firebirds were moving again scoring 21 points pushing the score to 46-40 at the end of the 3rd quarter, in the 4th quarter the true grit of the Firebirds showed with the Women scoring 14 points to close the gap to make it a one point loss. Queens college goes on to be 9-9 overall and 5-5 in East Coast Conference.
Freshman Daeja Quick had a stellar game with 17 points but was not the only contributor to this hard fought game. Danielle Harrington had a smooth 13 points with 3 steals, 5 rebounds and 2 assists. Mia-Alexis Lloyd contributed with 12 points having 4 rebounds, 2 steals and 2 assists and Tyra Coombs with an encouraging 9 points 3 rebounds and 1 assist.
Queens College was led by the upper classmen in points, with Merrick Rowland with 14 points, Junior Marina Ramon Lopez with 12 points and Junior Emer Moloney with 11 points. Also contributing to the team was Beth Bonin with 9 points and Taliyah Hopkins also with 9 points creating a total of 18 points for the team.
The Knights and Firebirds were close in the shootout with the Knights being 42.6% (23-54) from the Field goal and the Firebirds being 42.1% (24-57), But ultimately the Knights won out with 44.4% (4-9) in the 3-point range game versus the Firebirds 42.9% (6-14). The Knights dominated in rebounds with 38 while the Firebirds had 27. Although the Knights had many rebounds they also had numerous turnovers with a total of 17 compared to the Firebirds 12 turnovers.
Next up for UDC is an ECC battle at home against Roberts Wesleyan on Friday, February 2nd.