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Washington Adventist dropped a home game 77-70 to the Lady Rams of Bluefield College Feb. 1.

The Lady Shock fell behind early and couldn’t claw their way out of the jam. WAU trailed 40-27 at the end of the first half, and with 11:10 remaining the game the Lady Rams stretched their lead to 22, 63-41. WAU would make their move and use a 21-9 run to cut the lead to 72-62 with 2:34 left to play.

Courtney Cayard (Washington, D.C.) led the Shock with 16 points and seven rebounds. Rawshawnda Carter (Washington, D.C.) had 13 points and five rebounds and Re’gene Watson added 10 points. Freshman shooting guard Nicole Derrickson (Landover, Md.) added 12 points, six assists and five steals.

Bluefield was led by Janee Simmons’ 15 points and 12 rebounds, Destiny Tolliver also had a double-double of 10 points and 12 rebounds. Teqa McNeal contributed 14 points and Alexis Grant added 10 points.

UDC rolled to it’s sixth consecutive victory and maintained a hold on first place in the East Coast Conference with a 75-70 win over St. Thomas Aquinas Jan. 31. Telisha Turner surpassed 1,000 points for her career as she scored 22 to lead the Firebirds. Denikka Brent added 12 points and nine rebounds.

The Firebirds improved to 14-3 overall and 10-1 in ECC play as they completed the season sweep of the Spartans. STAC has now lost six of its last seven and fell to 8-9 overall and 4-8 in league play.

The two teams were close in field goal shooting (STAC 50-percent, the Firebirds 49-percent), but STAC had the upper-hand in three-point shooting, making 8-of-15 (53-percent) to UDC’s 8-of-19 (42-percent). The Firebirds made up for the three-point shooting disparity by nearly doubling the Spartans in offensive rebounds (13-7) and out-scoring their guests 16-5 in second-chance opportunities and 30-26 in the lane.

Bowie State picked up a CIAA division victory Saturday defeating Elizabeth City State 65-55 on the road. The Lady Bulldogs improved to 8-11, 3-8 and 2-3 in the North.

Ashley Castle paced BSU scoring a game-high 17 points. Donia Naylor (Washington, D.C.) and Brooke Miles (Upper Marlboro, Md.) added 11 points each in the win. Miles was the leading rebounder for the Lady Bulldogs with nine.

Bowie State opened the second half with an 8-0 run and never looked back.

Jeffries knocked down her second 3-pointer of the afternoon with 13:03 remaining in the second half to pull the Lady Vikings within one at 37-36.

Four Lady Vikings’ players scored 11 points each.Elizabeth City State fell to 5-14, 2-8 CIAA, 2-2 North.

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