LIU Brooklyn WBB season ends at Bryant in NEC Tourney Quarterfinals

The LIU Brooklyn women’s basketball were in for a major challenge as they entered their matchup against the two-seeded Bryant Bulldogs Sunday afternoon.

Although, LIU did split the season series against Bryant this season and beat Bryant on the road back on January 2nd in the NEC season opener for both teams, LIU wasn’t coming into the NEC tournament with a ton of momentum with just one win in their last five games.

Unfortunately for LIU, they couldn’t pull off the upset as they were defeated by Bryant, 70-56, in the NEC Tournament Quarterfinals. 

After getting off to a nice start with a good first quarter in which LIU led 17-13, Bryant took it to the Blackbirds in the second quarter, outscoring them 24-9 to take a 37-26 lead into the locker room.

LIU closed the gap to within five entering the fourth quarter and got as close as three at 59-56 with 4:35 left to play after a Shanovia Dove three-pointer.

But Bryant closed the game on a 11-0 run as LIU missed their final seven field goal attempts.

Shanovia Dove finished her season with a career-high 28 points vs Bryant Sunday afternoon. Photo: Bob Dea - BHJ)

Shanovia Dove finished her season with a career-high 28 points vs Bryant Sunday afternoon. (Photo: Bob Dea – BHJ)

LIU junior guard Shanovia Dove finished with a career-high 28 points in the loss. Unfortunately, no other Blackbird finished in double digits. Senior Shanice Vaughan in her final game as a Blackbird finished with nine points.

LIU shot 40 perfect from the field but was 5 of 17 from three and missed seven of eighteen free throws. LIU were out-rebounded by the bigger Bryant Bulldogs by nine and gave up fourteen offensive rebounds. LIU committed sixteen turnovers.

The Blackbirds complete Stephanie Oliver’s first season as their head coach with a 9-21 record (7-11 in NEC) and match their overall record from last season. LIU though got to nine wins this season while being severely undermanned and being in a height disadvantage lineup wise in almost every game.

LIU returns back five scholarship players who played this season as well as get a couple of transfers who will be eligible and should get back Drew Winter who missed this season due to injury along with a slew of freshmen coming into the program.

This was a good foundation season for Oliver and her coaching staff and next season will be a dramatic different season for LIU Brooklyn as hopefully they will gain depth and more height and will be a good mix of veterans, who know what to expect from Oliver going into next season, along with the newcomers, Oliver’s first recruiting class, who are expected to help with the continuous turnaround of the program.

LIU Brooklyn-Bryant highlights (courtesy of Bryant Athletics):

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