Junior guard Telisha Turner racked up a team-high 21 points, but the University of the District of Columbia (UDC) Firebirds suffered their first East Coast Conference (ECC) loss of the season, a 78-74 defeat to the Roberts Wesleyan Redhawks on Jan. 10 at Voller Athletic Center in Rochester, N.Y.

UDC had control of the game early on and took a 41-38 lead into halftime. But the Firebirds fell out of their shooting rhythm in the second half, making just 27 percent of their shots after the break.

Turner, the ECC’s leading scorer, fought hard to keep her team in the game, nailing six 3-pointers. UDC sparked a 9-2 run in the final minutes of the game to close in on Roberts Wesleyan’s lead, but the Redhawks made a key free throw to push the lead to four points and seal the victory.

Senior guard Teara Shaw was the only other UDC player to score double digits, with 11 points, but three different players each scored eight points for the Firebirds.

Junior forward Chelsea Sanders scored a game-high 25 points for Roberts Wesleyan; she also made the game-deciding free throw at the end of the game. Sophomore forward Samantha Courtney scored 19 points off the bench, while junior forward Marissa Sell added 10 for Roberts Wesleyan.

UDC fell to 8-3 and 4-1 in the ECC. They will host Long Island, N.Y.’s Molloy College on Jan. 15 in Washington D.C.

Perry Green

AFRO Sports Editor