Hempstead, NY - Jewell Tunstull corralled her own offensive rebound and hit a jumper with one second left to lift Northeastern to a 59-57 victory over Hofstra Thursday night at the Mack Sports Complex. Hofstra's Shante Evans and Anma Onyeuku shined in the loss for the Pride with 19 and 18 points, respectively.
Hofstra slipped to 10-11 overall and 6-4 in the Colonial Athletic Association with the loss. Northeastern improved to 13-8 overall and 6-4 in the CAA.
The Pride, playing their third game in five day, jumped out to a quick start by building a 9-2 lead over the first four minutes. After Onyeuku put the Pride up 2-0 33 seconds into the contest, Evans converted a three-point play to put the Pride up 5-0. A'Lece Mark hit two free throws to put the Huskies on the board, but Evans scored four more points to put the Pride up by seven. Annie Payton jumper would give the Pride their largest lead, 11-2 with 15:15 to play in the opening 20 minutes.
The Huskies would then go on a 20-10 run over the next nine minutes to take a 22-21 lead on Amencie Mercier's three-pointer with 6:14 to play. The lead was short-lived as Onyeuku keyed a half-closing 6-2 run to give the Pride a 27-24 lead at the half.
The two teams struggled to score to start the second half, combining for 10 points in the first eight minutes. But with Hofstra holding a 33-28 lead, the Huskies scored five straight points to tie the game at 33 on Mark's jumper with 10:35 to play. However, Evans and Onyeuku scored back-to-back baskets to give Hofstra four point cushion at 37-33 with 9:03 remaining.
The teams would flip-flop the lead five times over the next 5:30 with Northeastern taking its largest lead of the game, 52-47 with 3:36 to play on a three-point play from Tunstall. But the Pride chipped away and took the lead, 53-52 on an Onyeuku layup with 2:13 to play.
That would be the last lead for the Pride as Kashaia Cannon's three-pointer put the Huskies ahead, 55-53, with 1:38 remaining. Hofstra would tie the score on two occasions, including 57-57 with 31 seconds left on Candace Bond's jumper. But on the ensuing Northeastern possession, Tunstall got the ball down low and had her first shot blocked by Evans. She got the rebound and hit a short jumper in the paint to give the Huskies the hard-fought win.
Evans, who added 16 rebounds, and Onyeuku combined for 37 of the Pride's 57 points and shot 17-26 from the field. Onyeuku also chipped in with nine boards. Evans extended her career double-double total to 63, which leads all active players. She has 1,982 career points and is set to become Hofstra’s first career 2,000-point scorer.
Mark led three Huskies in double-figures with 16 points. Deanna Kerkhof added 14 points and Tunstall had 13.
Hofstra returns to action Sunday at Georgia State. The game tips-off at Noon and will be broadcast on the Madison Square Garden (MSG) Network.