WRITTEN BY JOSEPH PRATASIEWICZ
Final: The Battle of Brooklyn belongs to the SFC Terriers as they beat the LIU Blackbirds 66-50. Tonight’s win helped the Terriers secure the fifth seed and they will take on the Bryant Bulldogs in the NEC quaterfinals.
Recap: It looked like it was going to be a battle between both teams but once the Terriers found their rhythm mid-way in the first half it was all downhill for the Blackbirds.
The Terriers were down 12-8 with 12:34 remaining in the first half when junior forward Sarah Benedetti got things going.
Benedetti nailed a three cutting the Blackbirds lead to one. After that the Terriers went on a 16-4 run giving them a 24-14 lead.
Things were looking good for the Terriers until junior guard Eilidh Simpson got taken out. It appeared she hurt herself and could have injured her lower ankle.
Eilidh did not return for the remainder of the game.
All season long the Terriers bench has proven to be deep and tonight was no different. Their bench finished with 41 points.
The Terriers finished the game with three players scoring in double digits. Senior guard Jasmine Robinson scored 14 points and had 6 assists.
Robinson was 5-7 from the field. Sophomore Leah Fechko scored 10 points and was able haul in 5 rebounds.
Benedetti finished with a game high 25 points and was 7-15 from downtown.
At the end of tonight’s game Benedetti recieved the Battle of Brooklyn MVP. The LIU Blackbirds struggled shooting from the field only hiiting 37% of their shots.
Sophomore guard Sophie Bhasin lead the Blackbirds in scoring with 21 points in 28 mintues of game play. Bhasin struggled early in the first half shooting 3-9 from the field.
Since coach John Thurston took over as Terriers head coach they are 4-0 against LIU.
Moving forward the Terriers will need to make sure that Simpson will be healthy for Sunday’s game.
Their playoff game will this Sunday on the road against the Bryant Bulldogs.