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Women’s Basketball Determined to Win Their Home Opener

By: Elise Person, Staff Writer

The energy in the Steinberg Wellness Center on a Tuesday, Nov. 14 night was apparent as the LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds took on the Saint Peter’s Peacocks in their home opener. The Blackbirds used their hustle, determination, and teamwork to push them towards their first win of the season against the Peacocks by the final score of 57-46.

Throughout the first half, LIU was tough on the offensive glass and played a tightly packed zone which took away Saint Peter’s inside game. Saint Peter’s countered this by successfully hitting many outside shots, keeping it a close game.

LIU Graduate Student guard, Denisha Petty-Evans. Photo by Mike McLaughlin/LIU Athletics

Playing selflessly and efficiently, the Blackbirds offense looked to pass the ball and make opportunities for their teammates with each possession. LIU offered many players with different scoring opportunities. Notable players on the offense included point guard, redshirt junior Drew Winter and freshman, Jeydah Johnson.

In the first half alone, Winter pushed the ball up the court finding her teammates under the basket and around the arc totaling for four assists. While Johnson wrapped up nine points in the first half, two of them being shots from beyond the arc. The end of the first half ended with LIU leading 30-28.

After halftime, the Blackbirds slowly allowed Saint Peter’s to creep up on the scoreboard. With the Peacocks hitting two three-pointers at the end of the third quarter, the Blackbirds trailed by six. The score going into the fourth quarter was LIU 37, Saint Peter’s 43.

In the fourth quarter, spectators truly saw the grit and determination of the Blackbirds. Graduate student, Denisha Petty-Evans put the team on her back coming out into the fourth quarter and showed everyone her determination to win. In the first three and a half minutes of the fourth quarter, Petty-Evans had seven points and an assist. Her hustle and drive was infectious.

The Blackbirds became unstoppable and their drive to win was seen by every single person in the gym. With a minute left, Saint Peter’s put a press on in desperation, but the Blackbirds broke it with ease.

LIU took away the win solely through hustle and determination, as they ended the game by putting up 20 points in the fourth quarter and held Saint Peter’s to only three points.

After the game, Blackbirds’ head coach, Stephanie Del Preore, commented on her team’s effort in the fourth quarter said, “It was a really proud moment as a coach to hold a team to only three points in the fourth quarter.”

“Everything we’ve stressed since they’ve been on campus [this year], all came out in the fourth quarter and that’s the best time to do it,” she added.

Del Preore wants to see this same effort displayed throughout the rest of the season as she genuinely believes that her team has what it takes to go to the next level of play. “I just want to see us to continue playing competitively because we have a really smart, athletic team,” said Del Preore, “If we compete on that alone, it’s going to help us win games.”

The LIU women’s basketball team will now hit the road for the next two weeks playing against UMBC, Army West Point, Lafayette, and NJIT.


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Category: Basketball, Sports