DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. (Feb. 15, 2012) – Senior forward Jasmine Williams (Stratford, Conn.) scored her 1,000th career point in a loss to the University of the District of Columbia on Wednesday night.
UDC improves to 19-4 overall and 10-3 in the East Coast Conference, while Mercy drops to 2-21 (2-11).
Just two points shy of 1,000 for her career entering tonight's game, Williams netted her 999th career point on a free throw to give Mercy its final lead of the game at 5-4 four minutes in, and shortly after became the 18th Maverick to score 1,000 on her only basket of the game, a layup that brought Mercy back within one with 14:56 to play in the first half.
The Mavericks took an early lead but it was short-lived, as the Firebirds rode a 15-2 run that included 11 unanswered points to a 12-point lead with 12 minutes remaining in the half. UDC extended its lead to 23 points at the 1:18 mark following another 11 straight points, but a few late Mercy baskets cut the deficit to 20 at halftime. That margin rose as high as 32 in the second half before Mercy was able to trim it back down to a 22-point loss on a 12-3 game-ending run.
Williams finished the night with seven points and five rebounds. Junior wing Jessica Biggs () came off the bench to lead the team with 10 points, including two three-pointers, in just 12 minutes of action. Senior forward Talia Beaulieu (Waldorf, Md.) grabbed a team-high 10 rebounds while senior point guard Simone Williams (Waldorf, Md.) dished out a team-high three assists and tied with junior forward MarQuesha Moore (Bryans Road, Md.) with a game-high five steals.
Senior forward Stacey Griffith (Frederickburg, Va.) led three Firebirds in double-digits with 14 points, while freshman wing Denikka Brent (Chesapeake, Va.) pulled down a game-high 13 rebounds and senior point guard Lauren Brittingham (Washington, D.C.) led the game with eight assists in only 15 minutes on the court.
Head Coach Kelli Dunlay and the Mavericks will look to bounce back on Saturday at Queens College (1-22, 0-13) in the second game of the ECC Doubleheader of the Week. The Mavericks won the two teams' previous meeting, 73-48, in Mercy Gymnasium on Jan. 14 for their first win of the season. Tipoff on Saturday is set for 3:30 p.m.