Boston, MA – Freshman Elo Edeferioka was a force on the glass with 12 rebounds while scoring 12 points and senior forward Anma Onyeuku netted 10 points and to help Hofstra post a 65-55 victory over Northeastern in a Colonial Athletic Association matchup on Thursday night at Solomon Court.
Edeferioka recorded her second career double-double with both efforts coming in the last three games. Fellow freshman Krystal Luciano bolstered Hofstra’s balanced night as six players compiled at least six points for Hofstra. Luciano added six points and eight assists running the point.
Hofstra improved to 7-10 overall and 2-4 in CAA play. The Pride defeated the Huskies for the first time in the regular season since 2011 but won its seconds straight against Northeastern dating to last season’s CAA Tournament quarterfinal victory.
Jewel Tunstull scored 16 points as one of three players to finish in double figures for the Huskies. Despite Amencie Mercier and Kazzidy Stewart both scoring 11 points, Northeastern fell to 7-10 and 1-3 in league play.
Onyeuku scored in double figures for the seventh time in the last eight games and Edeferioka finished with double digit rebounds for the fourth time this season. The game marked her second double-double in a week as she first accomplished the feat last Friday against the College of Charleston.
Senior forward Annie Payton’s early second-half jumper made it 38-26. Payton bookended the half with an insurance three-pointer that made it 60-44 in the final three minutes and ended any hopes of a Northeastern comeback. Payton contributed nine points off the bench in Hofstra’s wire-to-wire victory.
The Pride lead by as much as 16 and held the Huskies to 35.2 percent shooting from the field (19-of-54).Northeastern moved within 38-33 on Tunstull’s floater in the lane. But sophomore forward Ruth Sherrill responded with a right-block layup and, following a defensive stop, made one of two free throws after drawing contact on Tunstull for a 41-33 lead.
Loftus responded by making a pair of three-pointers, including the first one from the left wing three-that made it 46-37. Sophomore Jakelle King-Gilchrist forced pressure as the Huskies turned the ball over in the next possession. Loftus ensured the momentum swung irrevocably to Hofstra with another long-range three-pointer on the wing near the Pride bench for a 49-37 edge.
Hofstra surged to a 7-0 lead and held Northeastern to just 2-of-13 shooting to start the game. The Pride took a 32-23 lead into the half. That marked the largest halftime lead against a league opponent this season; besting the previous high of a six-point edge at Delaware on Jan. 5.
Edeferioka helped Hofstra build a 22-15 rebounding edge by hauling in eight total boards before the break, including five on the offensive glass. Onyeuku scored eight points in the period, including a jumper on the last possession that gave Hofstra what was at that point a game-high nine-point advantage heading into the locker room.
Hofstra will next be in action on Friday, Jan. 31 when the Pride welcomes UNC Wilmington to the Mack Sports Complex for a 7 p.m. game. The Pride defeated the Seahawks, 64-55, in the season’s first meeting on Jan. 12 at Trask Coliseum. That marked Hofstra’s first league win of the season.