Women's Game Recaps #57 - 2/14/19

Thursday’s only game was a good one, with ECC leader St. Thomas Aquinas utilizing a late 9-0 run to turn back the University of the District of Columbia, 67-60. Ruth Adams (19 points, 9 rebounds; 7-13 FG) and Emily Preston (10 points, 5 helpers) led the way for the Spartans as they ran their winning streak to six games. An 18-3 second period surge snapped an early 12-12 tie and propelled STAC into a 30-15 lead with 3:38 left in the half but the Firebirds, not for the last time, rallied and trimmed the deficit to 34-26 by the half. UDC stayed the course after the restart and finally caught STAC with just a few ticks left in the third period with a Tyra Coombs triple knotting matters at 46. The Firebirds took and early fourth quarter lead (51-48) thanks to another three-pointer, this one from Mia-Alexis Lloyd (14 points), but STAC answered with a 10-2 burst to claim a 58-53 lead at the 4:58 mark. Natasha Roy’s trey with 3:36 capped a 5-0 UDC response to create the game’s final tie, 58-each. The Spartans followed with the decisive 9-0 burst, an Adams basket igniting the run. The upshot was a 67-58 lead with just 13 seconds left, enough to secure the result for the visitors. Maya Thomas led the scoring for UDC with 21 points (8-16 FG, 5-10 3FG) and her outfit had the better of things from deep (9-4) but the Spartans were superior at the line (13-19; UDC 7-9 FT) and in turnovers (22-14), the latter leading to a 27-17 advantage in points-off-mistakes. St. Thomas Aquinas technically sits two games ahead of Daemen for the ECC lead but there is only one game between them in the loss column. Meanwhile, UDC remains in sixth place (the last playoff spot), bunched with Bridgeport and Roberts Wesleyan for the last two league post season berths.

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