Lady Blackbirds pick up first win of the season

Letava Whippy had a career-high 18 points as the Blackbirds won their first game of the season on Saturday. Photo courtesy of LIU Brooklyn Athletics.

Letava Whippy had a career-high 18 points as the Blackbirds won their first game of the season on Saturday. Photo courtesy of LIU Brooklyn Athletics.

The LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds snapped an eight-game losing streak that has lasted all season with a 67-52 road victory over Monmouth University on Saturday behind 23 points from Cleandra Roberts.

The 23-point performance from Roberts was a career best and she was helped out a pair that also set career highs, Letava Whippy, who had 18 points, and Aleisha Myers, who had 13. Myers was especially effective from behind the arc where she shot 3-of-5.

The Blackbirds got off to a quick start as they led Monmouth by as much as 18 points behind 50 percent shooting and 19 rebounds, including eight offensive boards. Whippy was their strongest player that half as she led with 10 points and six rebounds in 14 minutes. Roberts was also strong with nine and three.

Monmouth cut the lead to 14 early in the second half, but then the Blackbirds went on a 15-6 run to build that lead back up to 23 points with 7:09 left to play. From there they coasted to a nice first victory of the season behind 14 second half points by Roberts and 11 from Myers, who hit all of her threes in the second half.

The Blackbirds improved to 1-8 on the season. They have just two games left this season before they begin the Northeast Conference portion of their schedule. They don’t play again until after Christmas on Dec. 28, when they play Grand Canyon University in Arizona,¬†and don’t come back to Brooklyn until Jan. 11, when they take on St. Francis Brooklyn at the Barclays Center.


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