The LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds look unlikely to turn their poor season around, but they are still fighting and they beat Central Connecticut 59-48 on Monday night at Detrick Gym in Connecticut behind 26 points from Cleandra Roberts.
Roberts had 26 points and seven rebounds on 12-for-22 from the floor. Aleisha Myers had 11 points on 3-of-4 from behind the arc, Letava Whippy had eight points and four rebounds, and Kelly Robinson had four points, five assists and six rebounds. Jessica Babe led Central Connecticut with 14 points.
This game was won in the first half as Roberts had 14 of her 26 points, the Blackbirds shot 45.5 percent overall and held CCSU to just 26.1 percent from the floor. The Blackbirds also caused 19 turnovers in the first half as CCSU only picked up three assists.
Myers got things off on the right foot with a three-pointer to go up 3-0 at the 18:27 mark. Roberts quickly made it a 5-0 lead and it was 12-2 when she scored again with 14:13 left in the first half. CCSU never got close after that as Whippy stole the ball and scored on a fastbreak layup with 46 seconds left in the half to go up 32-13.
Central Connecticut finally woke up in the second half and ended up leading the frame 35-27, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the huge halftime lead. Roberts only had 12 points though she was more efficient as she hit 5-of-7 shots. It was big that she did that though as CCSU shot 53.6 percent in the second half and only committed seven turnovers.
This doesn’t exactly put the Blackbirds back into the playoff race as they are now 6-17 overall and 4-8 in the Northeast Conference. It is a good sign, especially considering that they have now won two out of three, that they are going down with a fight. They have six games left this season and play again on Saturday when they head to Pennsylvania to take on St. Francis University.