Philadelphia, Pa. – Saint Joseph’s Erin Shields scored 12 of her total 20 points in the first half as Hofstra fell to the Hawks, 73-60, in a non-conference matchup on Tuesday night at Hagan Arena.
Junior guard Andreana Thomas notched a team-high 14 points for Hofstra and sophomore guard Asia Jackson added eight points and three steals, though the Pride saw its two-game winning streak snapped in falling to 4-4. Forward Sarah Fairbanks compiled 15 points for Saint Joseph’s, which won for the eighth consecutive game in moving to 9-1.
Freshman Krystal Luciano, the reigning Colonial Athletic Association Rookie of the week, scored 10 points. It was her second career game in double figures and her second in the last three games after finishing with 17 versus Concordia (N.Y.).
Hofstra is now 0-2 all-time against Saint Joseph’s. The defending-Atlantic 10 champions entered the game receiving a vote in the Associated Press national poll. Saint Joseph’s led the contest wire-to-wire.
Shields hit a left-wing three-pointer on the Hawks’ opening second-half possession and Fairbanks added a layup for an early 5-0 run to start the second half in building a 38-23 advantage. The Hawks started the half on an overall 12-2 run 3:40 into the period to take a 45-25 edge.
Saint Joseph’s would lead by as much as 23. Luciano and Jackson hit back-to-back three-pointers, though Hofstra would not close within single digits the rest of the way.
Freshman Elo Edeferioka came off the bench to grab all six of her rebounds and score all seven of her points in the second half.
Saint Joseph’s raced to a 15-4 lead after back-to-back three-pointers and a transition layup. The Hawks took a 33-23 edge into halftime with Shields scoring 12 points on 5-of-6 shooting from the field. Thomas did her best to match the shooting guard, notching 10 of her points before the break.
The game featured a matchup of two point guards who entered ranked in top-20 for the NCAA Division I assist average. Natasha Cloud (seventh) and Thomas (18th). Thomas scored in double figures for the third consecutive game and the fourth time this season. Cloud ended the contest with eight assists and 11 points. Thomas had three assists.
Shields reached the 1,000 career point mark in the first half. Hofstra is now 1-1 against Atlantic 10 teams this season after defeating Fordham at home, 77-64, on Nov. 15.
Hofstra will have an 11-day break before traveling to Havard on Saturday, Dec. 21 in a non-conference matchup. It will mark the longest duration between games this season for the Pride.