Hempstead, NY – Senior Anma Onyeuku scored 21 points to lead three Pride players in double-figures to lift Hofstra to a 76-57 non-conference victory over the Aggies of UC Davis at the Mack Sports Complex Saturday afternoon.
The Pride, which won their second consecutive contest, improved to 4-3 on the season. Hofstra held UC Davis to just 2-of-30 from three-point range as the Aggies dropped their second consecutive game in dropping to 2-6.
Onyeuku hit 10-of 17 field goals and grabbed six rebounds to post her fifth double-figure scoring game of the season. Junior Andreana Thomas added 11 points and a game-high six assists while sophomores Ruth Sherrill and Asia Jackson each added 10 points. Sherrill had a team-high nine rebounds. The Pride shot 41 percent (25-of-61) from the field including 58 percent (15-for-26) in the second half. Hofstra outrebounded the Aggies, 51-43.
UC Davis was led by sophomore Alyson Doherty with a career-high 24 points, topping her previous best of 16 set last season. Classmate Celia Marfone added her first career double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. The Aggies hit on 22-of-67 field goal attempts (33 percent).
The first half featured seven lead changes and three tied scores. After splitting the first 10 points of the contest through the first 5:51, Jackson and Thomas sandwiched three-pointers around two free throws by Molly Grubel to take an 11-7 lead at the 12:37 mark. But Sydnee Fipps hit a jumper and Doherty followed with consecutive baskets to give the Aggies a 13-11 advantage with 10:01 to play in the half. After three more lead changes, Heidi Johnson’s jumper for UC Davis tied the game at 17 with 7:01 to play.
But, with five different players scoring, the Pride went on a 10-3 run the rest of the half to open up a 27-20 lead at the intermission. Sophomore Sydni Epps tallied six points and Jackson added five for Hofstra, which hit on 10-of-35 field goals (29 percent) for the period. Doherty led all scorers with nine points for UC Davis which hit on eight of 26 field goal attempts (31 percent) including 0-for-11 from the arc.
Hofstra opened the second half with a 9-4 spurt over the first 4:10, with Onyeuku scoring four for the Pride, to open up their biggest lead to that point at 36-24 after a Thomas lay-up. But the Aggies chipped away and scored six straight points as part of a 15-6 run to close to within three at 42-39 after a three-point play by Doherty at the 10:55 mark.
But the Pride, behind nine points from Onyeuku and five by Sherrill, went on a 19-3 run, including 14 unanswered points, over the next five minutes to open up their biggest lead of the contest at 61-42 with 5:45 to play. The Aggies didn’t quit and scored the next eight points, including five by Doherty and three by Celia Marfone to close to 61-50 with 3:51 remaining.
Hofstra responded with eight unanswered points, including four by Thomas, to equal their biggest lead of the game at 69-50 with 2:50 to play after two free throws by Thomas. Jackson's three-pointer with eight seconds to play would boost the Pride’s biggest lead to 21 at 76-55 before Brianna Salvatore hit a jumper with two seconds remaining to close out the scoring at 76-57.
Hofstra embarks on a three-game road trip that will first take them to Saint Joseph’s University on Tuesday, Dec. 10. Game time is 7 p.m.