Samera Marsh added to LIU Brooklyn women’s basketball coaching staff

Today it was announced that second-year LIU Brooklyn women’s basketball head coach Stephanie Oliver has added a new addition to her coaching staff. She has found a replacement for departed assistant coach Asia Williams who is now on the UNC-Greensboro staff and has hired Samera Marsh as an assistant coach.

Marsh comes to LIU Brooklyn after being at Manhattan last season as an assistant coach for former Jasper head coach John Olenowski was let go by the school after the season.

Previous to her time at Manhattan College, she spent five seasons as the top assistant at Monroe College in the Bronx. She also spent two seasons as an assistant at her alma mater, Saint Peter’s in Jersey City from 2008 to 2010. [Read more…]

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.  [Read more…]

Shanice Vaughan and Shanovia Dove named to All-NEC Third Team

Shanice Vaughan (L) and Shanovia Dove (R) were named to the All-NEC Third Team. (Photos: Bob Dea - BHJ)

Shanice Vaughan (L) and Shanovia Dove (R) were named to the All-NEC Third Team. (Photos: Bob Dea – BHJ)

This morning, the Northeast Conference announced their All-NEC teams for women’s basketball and LIU Brooklyn’s junior guard Shanovia Dove and senior guard Shanice Vaughan both were selected to the All-NEC Third Team.  [Read more…]

LIU Brooklyn WBB gets a berth into NEC Tournament coincidentally on Senior Day

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How fitting for this season’s LIU Brooklyn team to seal their ticket into next week’s NEC Tournament by getting a spot on Senior Day.

The LIU Brooklyn women’s basketball team (8-20, 6-11 in the NEC) clinched their spot right before halftime of their game against Bryant on Saturday when Mount St. Mary’s defeated St. Francis Brooklyn thus eliminating the Terriers and putting the Blackbirds into the field of eight.

“Being down numbers with the injuries, new coaching staff, everything that we went through. I’m really proud that we made it.” said LIU Brooklyn women’s basketball head coach Stephanie Oliver.

LIU Brooklyn came back from a slow start in which they started the game 1 for 11 from the field and saw them down by as much as ten points in the first quarter to briefly tie the game at 27 in the third quarter. After that, the bigger and deeper Bryant team took over. The Bulldogs outscored LIU in the third quarter 19-9 to pull away and defeated the Blackbirds on their senior day, 62-53. [Read more…]

Stephanie Oliver is proving to be right person in rebuilding LIU Brooklyn women’s basketball

First-year LIU Brooklyn WBB head coach Stephanie Oliver has her team on the verge of an NEC tournament berth despite injuries and depth issues all season. (Photo: Bob Dea - BHJ)

First-year LIU Brooklyn WBB head coach Stephanie Oliver has her team on the verge of an NEC tournament berth despite injuries and depth issues all season. (Photo: Bob Dea – BHJ)

This season has been far from easy for first-year LIU Brooklyn women’s basketball head coach Stephanie Oliver. In fact, it has come with plenty of challenges, probably more so than she even had anticipated when she accepted the head coaching job back in last May.

To say this LIU Brooklyn women’s basketball team has gone through a lot since Oliver’s arrival, is probably selling it a bit short.

In the offseason, after Oliver’s hiring, four players decided to either transfer or leave the program. In addition, since Oliver and her staff got a late jump in recruiting, they were not able to bring any freshman players for this season, meaning they were left with just ten eligible players to go into this season with.  [Read more…]

Undermanned LIU Brooklyn WBB showing plenty of fight in early going

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(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…]