Undermanned LIU Brooklyn WBB showing plenty of fight in early going


(Photo: Bob Dea)

How would you like to start out your first season as a Division I head coach and have just seven scholarship players available? Well, that is what LIU Brooklyn women’s basketball first-year head coach Stephanie Oliver has had to deal with to open up her tenure.

The Blackbirds, who came into the season with just ten available scholarship players, has been playing the entire first month of the season without guards Drew Winter and Ashley Brown and forward Angelia Allen, leaving Oliver with just eight players in total. [Read more…]

Five observations from LIU Brooklyn WBB season opening loss to Buffalo

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LIU Brooklyn WBB head coach Stephanie Oliver made her LIU debut in the season opener vs Buffalo on Saturday. (Photo: ESPN3)

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…]

NEC Media Day Q and A with LIU Brooklyn WBB head coach Stephanie Oliver and guard Shanovia Dove


LIU Brooklyn WBB HC and junior guard Shanovia Dove representing the Blackbirds at last week’s NEC Basketball Social Media Day in Brooklyn. (Photo: Bob Dea – BHJ)

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…]

2015-16 LIU Brooklyn Women’s Basketball Preview

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The 2015-16 LIU Brooklyn women’s basketball team huddling up during their first practices of the season on October 7th. (Photo: Twitter @LIUwbb)

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…]

Ten players remain on LIU Brooklyn women’s basketball 2015-16 roster

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…]

2015-16 LIU Brooklyn Women’s Basketball Non-Conference Schedule Announced

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.

Here is a breakdown of their non-conference schedule with opponent’s 2014-15 overall and conference records and final RPI ranking per NCAA.com: [Read more…]

LIU Brooklyn WBB completes coaching staff with hiring of Asia Williams

LIU Brooklyn women’s basketball now has a complete coaching staff.

The final member of LIU’s first-year head coach Stephanie Oliver’s coaching staff was announced today by LIU Athletics and it is former Wake Forest guard Asia Williams. [Read more…]