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:

November 14 – @ Buffalo (19-13, 11-7 MAC, RPI 129)

November 22 – @ Howard (4-27, 3-13 MEAC, RPI 341)

November 27 & 28- Florida State/Sam Houston State – (LIU Turkey Classic)
Florida State: 32-7, 14-2 ACC, RPI 7 – NCAA Tournament team – Reached Elite 8
Sam Houston State: 6-22, 5-13 Southland, RPI 295

December 2 – @ Navy (17-14, 10-8 Patriot, RPI 197)

December 6 – Colgate (9-22, 7-11 Patriot, RPI 266)

December 9 – NJIT (13-17 Independent, first yr in Atlantic Sun in 2015-16, RPI 294)

December 14 – Columbia (8-19, 2-11 Ivy, RPI 288)

December 21 – @ Stony Brook (17-14, 10-6 America East, RPI 193)

December 29 & 30 – Florida Atlantic/Miami (OH)/Bethune-Cookman – (FAU Tournament)
FAU: 13-17, 7-11 C-USA, RPI 221
Miami (OH): 7-23, 4-14 MAC, RPI 280
Bethune-Cookman: 13-17, 9-7 MEAC, RPI 262

LIU will have five home games from their eleven game non-conference schedule. All five non-conference home games will be played at the Steinberg Wellness Center. The Blackbirds will also play up to five road games and at least one neutral site game before entering into conference play on Saturday, January 2nd. The NEC schedule will be released on a later date.

LIU could potentially face just one NCAA Tournament team from last season in Florida State who reached the Elite Eight at their LIU Turkey Classic.

Including Florida State who had a 7 RPI last season, LIU will face five top-200 RPI teams. Also, five of the teams finished above .500 last season.

Overall, this is well put together schedule by first-year head coach Stephanie Oliver as she will go to battle next season with almost the exact same team that went 9-21 and 6-12 in the NEC. There are plenty of opportunities for some early season wins. The home slate with the exception of a tough game against Florida State  if it happens, is one that could very favorable for the Blackbirds. Their road slate has it challenges with games at Buffalo, at Navy and at Stony Brook but none of those games you would consider unwinnable.

It will be interesting to see how Coach Oliver will fare through her first non-conference schedule as LIU Brooklyn head coach. LIU finished 3-8 in their non-conference games last season including starting the season with a six-game losing streak. If LIU can stay away from another poor start and can be at least over .500 heading into NEC play, I think LIU will be in very good shape. The first couple of games should gives us a early feel on how the Blackbirds will respond to the new coaching staff and to Coach’s Oliver new philosophies.

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