LIU WBB closes out non-conference play with a 57-45 loss to UMBC at Barclays Center


LIU Brooklyn women’s basketball wraps up non-conference with tough fought loss to UMBC at Barclays Center (Photo: Bob Dea – BHJ)

To say LIU Brooklyn women’s basketball has had a rough non-conference season would be quite an understatement. It has been a tough go for the Blackbirds and it only got tougher after a 57-45 loss to UMBC at the Barclays Center on Wednesday evening.

With the loss, LIU completes non-conference play at 1-10 before starting up NEC play next Thursday against Mount St. Mary’s.

The Blackbirds really challenged themselves in November and December, playing games at Ohio State and Seton Hall as well as against Wisconsin-Milwaukee and George Mason but unfortunately for them, they didn’t get the results they desired. [Read more…]

2016-17 LIU Brooklyn Women’s Basketball Preview

The 2016-17 LIU Brooklyn women's basketball team (Photo:

The 2016-17 LIU Brooklyn women’s basketball team (Photo:

Last year, the LIU Brooklyn Athletic Department decided it was time to make a change in the women’s basketball program. The department made a head coaching change and hired Marist grad and former Seton Hall assistant Stephanie Oliver in May of 2015 to turnaround what had become a dormant program.

When Oliver arrived at LIU last season, she knew she was in for quite a challenge. The challenge was made even more difficult when several players decided to either transfer out or no longer be a part of the basketball team.

When the 2015-16 season began, Oliver and her coaching staff were left with just nine available scholarship players and no incoming freshmen that would be the building blocks for the immediate rebuilding of the program. [Read more…]

LIU Brooklyn 2016 NEC Media Day Photo Gallery

All photos taken by Bob Dea for Blackbirds Hoops Journal at NEC Media Day at the Barclays Center on October 26, 2016. [Read more…]

Five thoughts from LIU Brooklyn MBB & WBB practice


This past Thursday, I was fortunate enough to attend both LIU Brooklyn men’s basketball and women’s basketball teams practices through generous invitations by LIU Brooklyn men’s basketball head coach Jack Perri and LIU Brooklyn women’s basketball head coach Stephanie Oliver.

I got to observe both teams go through their paces in practice as they prepare for the upcoming college basketball season. The LIU men’s basketball team is looking to make a deep run into March while the women’s basketball team will be hoping to build on what has to be considered a positive first season for them under Stephanie Oliver.

First, here are five thoughts from LIU men’s basketball practice: [Read more…]

Casey Bray hired as LIU Brooklyn’s WBB new Director of Basketball Operations

LIU Brooklyn women’s basketball tabs Casey Bray as their new Director of Basketball Operations. (Photo: LIU Brooklyn Athletics)

The LIU Brooklyn women’s basketball coaching staff is now all set.

LIU Brooklyn women’s basketball head coach Stephanie Oliver chose a familiar face as the new addition to her coaching staff in hiring former University of Bridgeport forward Casey Bray as LIU’s new Director of Basketball Operations. An official announcement has yet to be made but Bray is listed under LIU Brooklyn women’s basketball coaching staff on LIU Brooklyn Athletics website.  [Read more…]

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…]