Blackbirds pick up their first NEC victory of the season

Sophie Bhasin stepped up with 22 points to lead the Blackbirds to their first NEC victory of the season. Photo courtesy of LIU Athletics.

Sophie Bhasin stepped up with 22 points to lead the Blackbirds to their first NEC victory of the season. Photo courtesy of LIU Athletics.

The LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds snapped a three-game losing streak and picked up their first Northeast Conference win of the season on Monday when they beat Central Connecticut 60-51 at home in Downtown Brooklyn.

Sophie Bhasin led the Blackbirds with 22 points, eight rebounds and a pair of blocks. Cleandra Roberts had 12 points and six rebounds. Fanny Cavallo also had a big game with nine points, four rebounds, two blocks and two steals.

The Blackbirds jumped out to a 12-point lead early when Roberts scored seven points in the first 10 minutes of action. Central Connecticut answered back with a 13-2 run to cut the lead to one and trailed 25-24 heading into the half.

The Blackbirds lost the lead early in the second half, but kept it close as the two teams were tied five different times before Kelly Robinson hit a pair of free throws to put them 38-37 with 9:46 to play. That was just the start of a 16-5 run by LIU Brooklyn, powered by six points from Bhasin, four points by Roberts and Robinson, that gave it a 10-point lead with 2:23 to play.

It was a nice conference win for the Blackbirds, who needed one. Up next they will be on the road for a couple of games face Bryant, which is currently tied for first in the NEC, and Fairleigh Dickinson, which is still looking for its first conference win.