WBB: Evans Ties Hofstra Rebounding Record In Loss To Saint Joseph’s
Courtesy: Hofstra Athletic Communications
Hempstead, N.Y. - Senior forward Shante Evans scored 19 points and grabbed 15 rebounds to move into a tie as Hofstra's all-time leading rebounder, but the Pride lost to Saint Joseph's, 71-55, in a non-conference matchup on Sunday afternoon at the Mack Sports Complex.
Evans notched her second double-double and the 52nd of her career. With nine second-half rebounds, she now has 1,031 for her career, which tied her with Kate Gordon (1994-98) for the most all-time in Hofstra history. Hofstra lost for the third consecutive time to drop to 1-3 while Saint Joseph's moved to 3-2.
Junior Anma Onyeuku, who tied a career-high with 10 rebounds against nationally ranked St. John's in the last game, again tied her personal best, hauling in seven of her 10 rebounds against the Hawks before halftime. Onyeuku scored nine points, finishing just one shy of her second career double-double (and first of the season).
Ashley Prim paced the Hawks with 19 points as one of three Saint Joseph's players to finish in double figures. Chatilla van Grinsven added nine points and seven rebounds while Ilze Gotfrida (11 points) and Erin Shields (11 points) helped the Hawks post a plus-10 turnover differential and a 27-10 advantage in points off turnovers.
Evans continued her streak of scoring in double figures in every game this season, netting nine of her total points in the opening half. The West Chester, Pa. native's block and grab off Kelsey Berger's shot with 3:14 left in the contest served as the milestone, tying her with Gordon.
Fellow senior Candace Bond continued her climb up the Hofstra record books. Bond's two steals brought her career total to 219, tying Liz Irwin (1978-82) for the fifth-most all time. Bond finished with six points.
Saint Joseph's connected on nine three-pointers on just 20 attempts (45 percent) overall. The high percentage long-range shooting led to a 42-25 halftime edge. Before the break, the Hawks went 7-for-16 from beyond the arc in the opening half, and connected on all but one of their eight free throw attempts in crafting the double-digit advantage.
Prim made four of those three-pointers before the break and Saint Joseph's went on a 8-2 run half-ending run capped by Kasie Parker's jump shot for the 17-point lead.
Coming out of the second half, Hofstra employed a full-court press, leading to four straight points to get the Pride within 42-31. But the Hawks went on a 15-0 run capped by Cloud's four consecutive points and Prim's jumper to build a 57-31 lead almost six minutes into the second half.
Hofstra went on a 9-2 run over 3:30 to get within 59-40 on the strength of freshman Alexis Carter's three-pointer and Evans' layup. The Hawks responded when Berger made a lay-in and Prim connected on a three-pointer, making it a 64-40 with 8:36 left in the contest.
Under Hofstra head coach Krista Kilburn-Steveskey, Hofstra lost a home opener for just the second time in seven games. The Pride defeated St. John's in the home opener last season.
Hofstra will next be in action on Wednesday against Marist with a road game at 7 p.m.