Junior forward Denikka Brent scored a game-high 20 points with nine rebounds to lead the University of D.C. (UDC) Lady Firebirds to their fourth straight victory, a 45-43 defeat of Dowling College in an East Coast Conference (ECC) game on Jan. 25 in Oakdale, N.Y.

The win kept UDC tied for first place in the ECC with a 12-3 overall record and an 8-1 record against conference opponents.

Brent came out hot for the Lady Firebirds, scoring the first seven points of the game, according to UDC Sports Information. But Dowling responded with its own scoring run and took a comfortable lead midway through the first half. UDC rallied to cut that lead to 25-21 at halftime.

Brent then scored six straight points as part of a 15-2 Lady Firebirds run to start the second half. UDC retook the lead, and held on to it for the remainder of the game despite a comeback attempt by Dowling.

Brent was the only UDC player to score double digits in points; junior guard Telisha Turner added eight points with four rebounds for the Lady Firebirds.

Senior forward Julia Koppl led Dowling with 13 points while junior guard Christine Verrelle followed with 11 points.

UDC will face conference foe Mercy College on Jan. 30 in Dobbs Ferry, N.Y.

Perry Green

AFRO Sports Editor