The win helped snap the Blackbirds two game losing streak and gives the squad a boost of confidence heading into a short Christmas breaks. Prior to the victory over Ohio, LIU has dropped games to Rutgers University and the University of Pennsylvania.
Sophomore Honor Duvall put up a career high 14 points for the Blackbirds, While junior Cleandra Roberts had a double-double, putting up 11 points and pulling down 10 rebounds.
The game started off close with Roberts putting the Blackbirds ahead 2-0, But the Bobcats’ Kiyanna Black quickly tied with a bucket of her own. Duvall made it 4-2 Blackbirds at 16:35, but Erin Bailes hit a three-pointer 32 seconds later to make it 5-4 Ohio. After that thought the Blackbirds began to separate themselves from their opponent.
The Blackbirds would go on an 8-0 run, highlighted by buckets from Senior Tamika Guz,, Junior Fanny Cavallo, and Duvall, to make it 12-5 LIU.
Ohio would manage to cut their deficit to four, but the Blackbirds made another run and by the 7:21 mark had a 15-point, 28-13 lead. LIU’s largest lead came after sophomore Letava Whippy was fouled and made two free throws with 1:19 left in the half to put them up by 21. And the Blackbirds went into halftime with a 40-21 lead over the Bobcats.
To start the second half the Bobcats came out flying. They managed to make quick work of LIU’s lead and trim it down to just 11 points in the first four minutes of the half. The Blackbirds and Bobcats traded baskets, but Ohio could never get over the hump and tie the game. The closest they got was when they made it 55-47 with 4:20 left in the game.
The Blackbirds would push their lead to 14 and eventually won by nine, 63-54.
LIU shot 48.1% (25-52) from the field and 60% (3-5) from behind the arc. Their opponents shot just 32.8% (21-64) from the field and 12.5% (3-24) from three-point range.
The Blackbirds do not return to action until December 28th when they travel to Honolulu to take on Hawaii. They open their Northeast Conference portion of their schedule until January 5th when they take on Quinnipiac.
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