After building a 14-12 lead in the opening quarter, LIU fell apart in the second quarter while Sacred Heart came to life.
Led by Candice Leatherwood‘s 13 points, the Pioneers took command of the game with a 30-21 halftime lead.
Seneca Richards did her best to get the Blackbirds going in the final period. Richards nailed two treys early in the quarter, resulting in a 34-33 deficit with 8:42 remaining.
Richards finished with nine points — all coming in the fourth quarter.
That was the closest LIU would get, as Sacred Heart converted its free throws down the stretch to secure the victory.
LIU was led by Denisha Petty-Evans who tallied 10 points, three rebounds and two assists.
DeAngelique Waithe was effective in the paint, as she grabbed seven rebounds and sent back four shots at the rim. She also contributed nine points.
Leatherwood scored a game-high 21 points to go along with six rebounds. Abigail Kangudie controlled the boards, pulling down 15 rebounds coupled with eight points.
The loss brings LIU to 4-4 in NEC conference play and 8-11 overall.
LIU returns to action on Monday, as they host the Knights of Fairleigh Dickinson. Game time is at 7:00 p.m. ET.