WRITTEN BY AKEEM NELSON
The St. Francis Terriers capped off a strong end to the regular season with a 73-49 win over the LIU Blackbirds in the Battle of Brooklyn.
With this win the Terriers have now won five of their last six games and now stand (12-18) for the season and are going (9-9) against the NEC. More importantly for the Terriers they have locked up the 5th seed in the NEC playoff bracket.
The game was won in convincing fashion as the Terriers started out hot from the field. St. Francis opened the game up by sinking three straight three-point shots en route to an 11-0 run to start the game.
LIU trailed by as much as 23 points in the first half as the Blackbirds could not find the net against the stifling defense of the Terriers.
The Blackbirds are the 6th highest scoring offense in the NEC at 64.7 points per game, but they ran into a roadblock known as the Terriers who are the best scoring defense by only allowing 60.8 points per game on the season.
It was evident that the defensive stops and turnovers forced by the Terriers created multiple shot attempts for them on offense.
The Terriers offense exploded like we haven’t seen it all year. The entire staring lineup scored over 9 points for the first time this season. Seniors Jaymee Veney and Eilidh Simpson scored 12 points each while savvy guard Katie Fox had nine all from three point range.
Leah Fechko continued her great play by adding 12 points and Cassidy Derda scored 7 points in just nine minutes of action.
But the game belonged to senior forward Sarah Benedetti who was named MVP of the game. She scored a game high 17 points while adding 4 assists, and three rebounds.
LIU scored only 49 on 39% shooting from the floor and 36.4% form three-point range.
The Terriers next game will be in the NEC first round of the playoffs, as they will square off against the offensive powerhouse Sacred Heart University. Sacred Heart finished the season (16-12) and was the second highest scoring team in the conference this season.
These two teams last faced each other on February 14th resulting in a resounding Terriers win, 77-53 in a convincing fashion. The game will be played on Sunday March 8th.