St Francis sweeps the Battle of Brooklyn with a Lady Terriers’ victory at Barclays

Eilidh Simpson had 17 points to lead the Terriers over the Blackbirds at the Barclays Center on Saturday.

Eilidh Simpson had 17 points to lead the Terriers over the Blackbirds at the Barclays Center on Saturday. Photo by Rob Abruzzese.

St. Francis Brooklyn made a major statement last week when it swept the Battle of Brooklyn with the men’s team beating LIU Brooklyn at home on Thursday before the women’s team won in dominating fashion 69-48 at the Barclays Center on Saturday afternoon.

“When we come here normally (to watch the Nets) we’re three rows from the back where you can barely see the court,” Eilidh Simpson said of playing at the Barclays Center. “To actually step out on to the court and to look up to the seats it was really cool. You are nervous to start the game, but as soon as the game starts you forget about where you are playing and who is watching you.”

It was a one-sided game the entire way with the Terriers shooting 54.2 percent to the Blackbirds’ 31.0 percent. The Terriers had an 11-point lead at halftime and eventually won by 21. Simpson led the Terriers with 17 points, Leah Fechko had 12 points and nine different players contributed with points as the Terriers made good use of their depth.

For the Blackbirds, Cleandra Roberts led with 27 points and six rebounds. It was the one thing that really seemed to bother St. Francis coach John Thurston. “We stopped her from being an All-NEC player and she became an All-American player. She was outstanding today for LIU.”

Unlike the men, beating LIU Brooklyn is nothing new for the Lady Terriers. The win improved their Northeast Conference record to 3-0 though, the first time in the school’s history that they have gotten off to such a start, and that was much more significant than beating their hometown rivals. After the game, Thurston tried to downplay their early record as he has bigger goals in mind.

“All it means is that we’re 3-0,” Thurston said. “It has no bearing on the next game. I always say after every game that we don’t have to play this one anymore. It’s nice, but it only lasts until the end of today. Tomorrow we have to wake up with the mindset that we’re 0-0. Our team hasn’t gotten carried away with the record, they just play.”

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