WRITTEN BY FRANK STAMPFL AND JUSTIN WORSLEY
Ashley Palmer had 22 points and Long Island University scored 29 points off of turnovers to upend St. Francis College Women’s Basketball team 66-53.
LIU (18-7, 11-2 in the NEC) only led 30-29 at halftime, but broke the game open in the opening minutes of the second half, going on a 15-2 run that put them in the lead for good
Three different Lady Terriers (3-21, 2-11) scored in double-digits, including 14 by guard Jasmin Robinson, but LIU dominated the glass, out-rebounding St. Francis 36-23 and capitalized on the Lady Terriers 23 turnovers.
“LIU turned up the pressure aggressively,” said head coach Brenda Milano. “We didn’t respond to their aggressive play.”
Palmer made he presence known early and ofter, scoring 11 points in the first half and grabbing four rebounds. Palmer finished the game with six rebounds and a pair of assists.
LIU’s bench also played a major factor in the game, outscoring the Lady Terrier reserves, 25-9, including 16 by Cleandra Roberts.
After shooting just 40-percent in the first half, the LIU Lady Blackbirds connected on 53.6-percent in the second half, while limiting St. Francis to just 38.1-percent from the field in the second half.
The two will meet again on Thursday, Feb. 15 at 7 p.m. in Brooklyn Heights.
FINAL: LIU 66 – SFC 53
0:39 – Stefanie Bingham sinks both free throws for SFC but trail 66-50.
3:34 – After another official timeout, the Lady Blackbirds are leading 64-46.
5:15 – Veney sinks both free throws for the Lady Terriers but they trail 62-44.
7:56 – During the timeout, St. Francis trails 56-42. LIU is shooting 61.1% in the second half and has 25 points off turnovers.
9:50 – Jaymee Veney sinks a pull-up jumper for the Lady Terriers but they still trail 56-40.
12:00 – Ashley Palmer hits another jumper to give LIU the 12-point lead. SFC trails 50-38.
13:40 – Jasmin Robinson takes the ball to rack and makes the layup plus a free throw on the foul. LIU leads 45-38.
14:52 – At the official timeout, LIU is currently on a 13-2 run, led by Ashley Palmer who has 15 points in the game. LIU leads 43-33.
16:20 – LIU goes on a 9-0 run following a basket by Ebony Davis. SFC trails 39-31.
17:45 – A breakaway layup made by She’tiarra Pledger for LIU as they lead 34-31.
First Half Recap:
The Lady Terriers are locked in a close game, being down by only one point at the half. St. Francis was up by as much as six points but LIU would storm back, going on a 9-2 in the final minutes.
Forward Sarah Benedetti is the leading scorer for St. Francis right now with 10 points, shooting 2-3 from long range and 4-5 overall.
Jasmin Robinson is controlling the tempo of the game for the Lady Terriers, scoring 7 points and dishing out 2 assists.
Despite the 9-2 run at the end of the first half, St. Francis’ defense has been stifling as LIU is shooting just 40% from the field in the game.
LIU has taken advantage of some sloppy play in the game, scoring 14 off of 11 St. Francis turnovers.
St. Francis College lady Terriers (3-20 overall; 2-10 in NEC) are currently playing the LIU lady Blackbirds (17-7 overall; 6-6 in NEC).
HALFTIME: LIU 30 – SFC 29
1:51 – The Lady Blackbirds are currently on a 9-0 and have grabbed the lead 30-27.
3:05 – Cleandra Roberts sinks both free throws for LIU. St. Francis still up 27-26.
4:15 – The block by Jessica Kaufman leads to a fast break layup by Jasmin Robinson. Lady Terriers up 27-24.
6:20 – Lady Blackbirds try to pressure Jasmin Robinson but she finds Sarah Benedetti for the breakaway layup. SFC up 25-21.
7:33 – Ebony Davis makes the layup with the contact for LIU as the free throw awaits. Lady Terriers up 21-20.
10:20 – Sarah Benedetti drains another three and gives the lady Terriers a 17-16 lead.
12:19 – Katie Fox makes the layup and the foul but misses the free throw. St. Francis up 12-11.
14:20 – LIU goes on a 6-0 to take a 11-10 lead.
15:53 – The lady Terriers are up 10-5 early in the game thanks to back-to-back three pointers by Sarah Benedetti and Jasmin Robinson.