N.Y. - Senior Shante Evans tallied her fourth consecutive double-double with 11
points and 12 rebounds to lead three Pride players in double-figures as Hofstra
held off the Tribe of William and Mary, 56-53 in the Colonial Athletic
Association opener for both teams at the Mack Sports Complex Sunday afternoon.
which won its fourth consecutive game, improves to 5-7 overall and 1-0 in the
CAA while the Tribe, which dropped their seventh consecutive contest, falls to
2-10 and 0-1 in the CAA.
Evans recorded her 57th career double-double which is the most of any active Division I player, continued to close in on the Hofstra career points record and now has 1,819 career points, which is just 21 from reaching Dia Labella's mark set from 1978 through 1982. Sophomore Andreana Thomas, who fell one carom and two assists of a triple-double, recorded 10 points, a career-high nine rebounds and eight assists. Junior Annie Payton also added 10 points and equaled her season-high with five boards.
The Tribe also had three players in double figures including two with double-doubles. Senior Emily Correal posted 20 points and 10 rebounds while senior Jaclyn McKenna tallied season-highs of 12 points and 11 rebounds. All of McKenna's points came in the second half. Senior Janine Aldridge came two rebounds short of a double-double, posting 10 points, eight caroms and five assists.
Pride trailed just once in the contest early at 2-0 and led by as many as 10 in
the first period. After trailing 28-20 at halftime, William and Mary came out
in the second half and outscored the Pride 8-2 over the first 3:36 to close to
within two at 30-28 after a Correal jumper. McKenna had six points in the run
for the Tribe. But Payton hit a three-pointer 20 second later
to boost the Pride lead to 33-28. McKenna scored the Tribe's next six points
around a lay-up by Hofstra's Evans to bring the Tribe back to within one twice,
the latest at 35-34 at the 11:34 mark.
Asia Jackson's three-pointer 10 seconds later started a 14-4 Hofstra run that
gave the Pride their biggest lead of the game at 49-38 with 6:06 to play after Payton's three-pointer. Payton had five points in the run while Evans
Three free throws, including two by Correal, started the Tribe on a 15-5 run over the next 4:36 to close to within one at 54-53 after Jazmen Boone's lay-up with 52 seconds to play. Aldridge and Correal each had six points in the run with Aldridge's coming on two three-pointers and Correal's all coming from the charity stripe.
On the Pride's next possession, Payton took a three-point attempt from the left side that fell short into the waiting hands of Evans under the hoop for an easy lay-up to boost the lead back to 56-53 with 27 seconds remaining. The Tribe had a chance to tie the game in the waning seconds but Aldridge's three-point attempt with four seconds remaining skidded off the rim and out of bounds.
Pride trailed just once in the first half, after an opening basket by Taylor
Hilton. But Hofstra scored the next five points as Evans hit a free throw and
Green and Thomas made baskets to give the Pride a 5-2 advantage at the 17:17
mark. Three minutes later with Hofstra leading 9-8, the Pride went on a 13-4
run over the next 3:40 to take a 22-12 lead after a Bond jumper at the 8:51
mark. Bond had six points in the run while Jackson added four to give the Pride
their biggest lead of the half. The Pride shot 56 percent from the field while
William and Mary shot just 33 percent in the first 11 minutes of the period to
take the lead.
Correal hit a three-pointer and Hilton added a lay-up to bring the Tribe back to within five at 22-17 with 7:21 to play in the half. But the Pride responded by scoring six of the next eight points with Anma Onyeuka's lay-up at the 3:39 mark giving the Pride a 28-19 lead. Correal hit a free throw for the Tribe 15 seconds later to close out the first half scoring with Hofstra holding a 28-20 advantage.
The Pride return to action on Thursday, January 10 when they host the Panthers of Georgia State at the Mack Sports Complex at 7 p.m.