On Saturday, the LIU Brooklyn women’s basketball team opened the Stephanie Oliver era with their 2015-16 season opener upstate at Buffalo. The Blackbirds dropped their opener, 55-38, to the Bulls to start 0-1 on the season. Here are five observations I gathered from watching their season opener on ESPN3. [Read more…]
Last season, the LIU Brooklyn women’s basketball team endured a 9-21 season which resulted in a head coaching change in the offseason. Out went former head coach Gail Striegler and in comes first-year LIU head coach Stephanie Oliver who the LIU administration is hoping can turn around a program which has not won double-digit games in any of the last three seasons and has just one regular season championship and one NEC tournament championship in their entire history.
Year one of this new era for Oliver and her coaching staff, could be quite a challenge. Last week, at the NEC Basketball Social Media Day at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, the NEC women’s basketball coaches picked the Blackbirds to finish last in the conference this season.
Yet, Oliver is hoping with a team that has only ten scholarship players available to her this season but doesn’t include a single freshman and features eight upperclassmen, can prove the NEC coaches wrong and get into the NEC tournament in March and use this season as the stepping stone to long-term stability and success within the program.
I got a chance at NEC Basketball Social Media Day to speak one-on-one with Stephanie Oliver as well as junior guard Shanovia Dove, who returns as LIU’s top returning scorer from last season at 8.0 ppg, in which was ranked second on last season’s team. In her two seasons at LIU, Dove has averaged 4.7 ppg in 55 career games and started 20 of 27 games played last season. [Read more…]
It is safe to say, the 2015-16 LIU Brooklyn Women’s Basketball team is one entering into a transitional phase. The amount of changes this program has had since we last saw them back in March would probably make any person’s head spin a bit.
Gone are former LIU head coach Gail Striegler after seven seasons at the helm, the last three being all losing seasons and failing to reach double-digit wins. Enter new head coach Stephanie Oliver, in her first Division I head coaching job, after spending the last two seasons as an assistant coach at Seton Hall.
The challenges facing Oliver in her first season is plentiful. Four players since her arrival have left the program and Oliver was only able to bring in one late transfer to the roster who isn’t eligible to play this season, leaving her with just a ten-player roster of returning scholarship players going in from a team which finished 9-21 overall and 6-12 in the NEC last season. [Read more…]
It seems like the winds of change have finally blown through the LIU Brooklyn women’s basketball program.
In May, LIU hired Stephanie Oliver as their new head coach and at the time of her official annoucement, LIU had fourteen returning players on their roster. Although it would have been nice, it would have been hard to expect Oliver to retain all fourteen players considering they were all recruited by former LIU head coach Gail Striegler and her staff. Expecting one or two players to go would have not been surprising. But as the school year has arrived and preparations for the 2015-16 season gets going in earnest, the LIU women’s basketball team is left with just ten players on their final roster to go into the season in year one of the Oliver era.
Four players are presumed no longer with the program. These players are Mercedes Harris, Jahmia Phillips, Demi Tomlinson and Sophie Bhasin. [Read more…]
Today, the LIU Brooklyn women’s basketball non-conference schedule was released via a series of tweets from the program’s Twitter feed (@LIUwbb). This is the first non-conference schedule for LIU Brooklyn women’s basketball first-year head coach Stephanie Oliver. In the 12-game non-conference schedule, the Blackbirds will face one team who participated in the NCAA Tournament this past March and five teams who had winning records last season.
New LIU Brooklyn women’s basketball head coach Stephanie Oliver today revealed two members of her coaching staff for her first season at the helm of the Blackbirds.
Oliver announced she has brought in Heather Zurich and Tim Gardner to join her on the bench next season. They will join the only returnee from former head coach Gail Streigler’s coaching staff last season in Director of Basketball Operations Hillary Spears. [Read more…]