Hempstead, NY – Senior Annie Payton scored a game-high 19 points and senior Anma Onyeuku added 10 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Hofstra Pride to a 66-56 CAA victory over the Tribe of William and Mary at the Mack Sports Complex Sunday afternoon.
Payton, who was two points off of tying her career-high of 21 set last week, also recorded a game and career high four steals. Onyeuku, who grabbed seven of her 12 caroms off the offensive boards, posted her third double-double of the season and the fourth of her career.
Sophomore Asia Jackson added 11 points and four assists while fellow sophomore Ruth Sherrill chipped in with 10 points and seven rebounds to join Payton and Onyeuku in double-figures. The Pride, who have won four of their last five outings, improved to 10-11 overall and 5-5 in the CAA.
William and Mary junior Jazman Boone led three Tribe players in double-figures with 16 points while freshman Marlena Tremba tallied 14 points and junior Kyla Kerstetter added 13 points and nine rebounds. William and Mary slipped to 5-16 overall and 2-7 in the CAA
After trailing 42-31 at halftime, the Tribe came out of the gate in the second half and went on a 10-4 run over the first 5:04 to close to 46-41 on a Tremba three-pointer. But Payton’s lay-up and Jackson’s jumper boosted the Pride lead to 50-41 at the 13:30 mark. While the Pride went 0-9 from the field over the next five minutes, William and Mary went on a 10-0 run, with Stewart’s three-pointer giving the Tribe a 51-50 lead with 8:29 to play.
But Payton scored five unanswered points, including a free throw at the 5:28 mark, for the Pride to retake the lead at 55-51. After Tremba hit a lay-up and a free throw over the next two minutes to close to within one at 55-54, Hofstra’s Elo Edeferioka’s lay-up at the 2:21 mark started an 11-2 Pride run, with Edeferioka posting four points in the run and Jackson hitting four free throws in the final 42 seconds, to seal the victory. Edeferioka finished the contest with nine points and 12 rebounds for the Pride.
The first half saw the Tribe jump out to an early six-point lead only to see Hofstra take a 9-8 lead on a Onyeuku lay-up at the 14:59 mark. After the Pride opened a 16-11 lead following a Sherrill lay-up two minutes later, William and Mary tied the game at 16-all at the 10:59 mark on a Tremba three-pointer and a Anna Kestler jumper.
Hofstra then went on a 10-4 run over the next three minutes, capped by a three-pointer by Peyton, to build a 26-20 advantage. The Pride added to the lead with a 12-6 spurt, behind four points each by Peyton and Sherrill, to open up a 38-26 lead with 2:27 to play. Sherrill added four more points in the final 1:40 as Hofstra took a 42-31 lead into the locker room at halftime. Payton had 11 points and Sherrill added 10 for the Pride, who outrebounded the Tribe, 23-13 in the first 20 minutes. William and Mary received almost half of its scoring from Boone with 14 points.
Hofstra returns to action on Thursday, Feb. 13 when the Pride host New Jersey Institute of Technology. Game time at the Mack Sports Complex is 7 p.m.