Thomas Powers Women's Basketball Past Mount, 71-61

BROOKLYN, N.Y.—The LIU Brooklyn women's basketball team earned a 71-61 win over Mount St. Mary's on Monday night. First-year guard Brandy Thomas paced the Blackbirds with a career-high 36 points and 19 rebounds, guiding the team to its first conference win of the season. The 36-point outburst by Thomas set a new NEC season-high for the year and the first 30-point showing by a Blackbird in four seasons. Sophomore Jeydah Johnsoncontributed 16 points and freshman Ryan Weise added 11 points. Freshman Tiya Misir tallied a team-high five assists. LIU would take its first lead of the game with a 7-2 opening favor to the halfway point of the period, led by five points from Thomas. Mount responded with a 11-2 stretch of its own over the next four minutes to jump ahead 13-9 with 1:11 to go. The Blackbirds would cut the deficit to one at 13-12 on a three-pointer from Weise as the clock expired to end the quarter. The second period opened with a jumper from sophomore Ella Vaatanen and three from Misir as the Blackbirds continued to find rhythm offensively. An extended 9-2 stretch would build to a six-point lead at 21-15 halfway through the quarter. However, the Mountaineers were there to answer with a 14-6 swing to pull ahead with a 29-27 lead at the half. LIU would use a 12-6 stretch to open the second half behind eight points from Thomas to regain the lead at 39-35 with 4:06 to go. The Blackbirds would continue to hold the lead as the period wore on with Moun