Blackbirds upset Sacred Heart

Cleandra Roberts picked up her fifth double-double of the season as the Blackbirds upset Sacred Heart. Photo courtesy of LIU Athletics.

Cleandra Roberts picked up her fifth double-double of the season as the Blackbirds upset Sacred Heart. Photo courtesy of LIU Athletics.

The LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds have had a tough season, but on Tuesday they pulled off a nice upset by beating Sacred Heart 62-54 at the Steinberg Center in Downtown Brooklyn. It’s the first win in four games for the Blackbirds, who improved to 5-16 overall and 3-7 in Northeast Conference play.

Things didn’t go well early on for the Blackbirds as they quickly trailed 22-13 midway through the first half and were behind by as much as 10 points before they finished the first half down by seven. They opened the second half on a 7-0 run to tie the game and then quickly pulled off a nice 13-1 run to go up by eight when Sophie Bhasin hit a layup with 10:44 left in the game.

Letava Whippy made it 57-47 LIU Brooklyn with 3:40 left to play before Sacred Heart made one final run, a 7-1 run, to cut the lead to four. Fortunately for the Blackbirds, Cleandra Roberts and Bhasin both hit a pair of free throws in the final minute to seal the victory.

Roberts led with 21 points and 11 rebounds, her fifth double-double in a row. Bhasin had 18 points and Aleisha Myers had nine points.

At this point it seems unlikely that the Blackbirds will be able to turn their season around. A win against Sacred Heart is encouraging though. If they can right the ship, they’ll have eight more games to do it though as the season is winding down. Their next matchup is on Saturday at home against Mount St. Mary’s, a team that has already beaten them once this year.


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