WRITTEN BY ROBERT DEVITA, JOSEPH PRATASIEWICZ AND JULIA GIAMMONA
Basketball: Terriers improve to 12-2 with with a blowout win over LIU Brooklyn.
Final: The Terriers make in eight in a row with an impressive win at the Barclays Center, defeating the LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds 69-48.
Today the ladies took control of this one and never looked back. After a slow start early on for the Terriers they were able to find their groove and play their brand of basketball which has made them so successful this season.
The Terriers had a solid 11 point lead at the end of the first half and they continued to pour it on right out of the gates in the second half. They were lead by Junior forward Eilidh Simpson who scored 17 points shooting 5-8 from the field and 2-4 from three.
“It’s pretty cool like we come to the stadium, it’s the local NBA stadium, we come here we sit three rows to the back and barely see the court. So to actually step out on to the court and look up at those seats it’s pretty cool and it’s an amazing feeling.” Said Junior forward Eilidh Simpson, when asked what it was like to play at the Barclays Center.
Today we saw a very balanced scoring attack from the Terriers, they had five players score 8 points or more. Sophomore guard Leah Fechko had another very solid game scoring 12 points and grabbing 6 rebounds on the day. Junior forward Jaymeey Veney, Freshman forward Olivia Levey and Junior forward Sarah Benedetti each scored 8 points a piece.
A bright spot for the Terriers was the play of Freshman forward Olivia Levey she scored 8 points shooting 4-4 from the field in only 9 minutes of play off the bench. Levey was not the only key contributor off the bench as the Terriers bench combined for 26 points.
The Terriers offense was very efficent today as they shot a total of 54.2% from the field. They took a bunch of high percentage shots and converted on their good looks.
LIU Brooklyn struggled all day long. The Terriers defensive intensity was high as usual, all season long we have seen a concious effort on the defensive side of the ball. Today was no different the Blackbirds were limited to only 48 points on the day as they shot a miserable 31% from the field.
Their only bright spot this afternoon was their leading scorer Senior forward Cleandra Roberts. Roberts had a game high 27 points and pulled down 6 rebounds. Other then Roberts the Blackbirds had virtually no other source of offense. She shot 11-21 from the field, the rest of the team shot a combine 7-37 which speaks volumes to the outcome in this one.
The Terriers defense has been great all season long as it was once again this afternoon, but it is very difficult for any team to win when one player has to do all the lifting by herself. Which was the case today for the Blackbirds as their eratic offense made it tough to do anything.
With this win the Terriers improve their conference record to 3-0. Every conference game is huge, so it is key that they get off to a good start. The victory today marks their third in a row over rivals LIU Brooklyn dating back to last season.
It is nice that they are 3-0 but there is a lot of basketball to be played going forward. “All it means, we are 3-0 it has no barring on the next game.” Coach John Thurston commenting on the fact that the Terriers are 3-0 in conference play.
What to watch for going forward is the status of Junior forward Sarah Benedetti who exited the game late in the second half with an apparent left ankle injury.
The Terriers are back in action on Monday, January 13th on the road against fellow NEC counterparts Mount St. Mary’s.
Halftime: The Terriers come into this afternoon’s matchup looking to improve to 12-2 on the season and they are well on their way of doing so. This matchup has been brought to the brightest lights, the Barclays Center which is home to the Brooklyn Nets.
After a sluggish start to the first half where we saw both teams trade misses, the Terriers were able to take control and play their style of basketball.
Their defense has been on point today as it has been all season long. They have limited the Blackbirds to 27 points in the first half, and are shooting a miniscule 28.6% from the field. Defense has been the Terriers biggest strength all season long, today has been another example of their will to commit to defense.
On the offense side of the ball the Terriers have had a very balanced scoring attack. 8 of the 9 players who have seen action for the Terriers this afternoon have scored. Not only have they had a balanced scoring attack, but they are shooting lights out from the field at 57.7%. Their leading scorer has been Sophomore guard Leah Fechko with 7 points.
Senior guard Jasmin Robinson has contributed nicely off the bench with 6 points. Junior forward Jaymee Veney who has been one of the Terriers best players all season long has added 5 points.
The story of the first half for LIU Brooklyn is their lack of converting on offense. They have been led by their leading scorer forward Cleandra Roberts who has 12 points so far this afternoon. Other then Roberts, no one has been able to step up and give the Blackbirds an offensive boost.
If the Terriers can continue to play tough defense they should walk out of this one with a victory. If LIU Brooklyn can’t get anyone else going besides Roberts it may be a very long second half for them, because the Terriers have seem to found their groove.