Boston - Senior forward Shante Evans logged her 19th double-double of the season with 21 points and 17 rebounds but five Northeastern players scored in double figures as Hofstra fell to the Huskies, 88-81 in a Colonial Athletic Association meeting on Wednesday night at Solomon Court.
Hofstra junior Annie Payton added 12 points off the bench, sophomore Andreana Thomas scored 12 points and tallied nine assists in 40 minutes and senior Deven Green added 12 points on 4-of-5 shooting. But Hofstra ended the regular season 13-16 and 9-9 in Colonial Athletic Association play.
Northeastern went 11-for-21 from three-point range. Deanna Kerkhof scored a game-high 24 points and Jewel Tunstull (16 points), Kashaia Cannon (14), Christine Huber (14) and Amencie Mercier (10) also had double-digit point totals to lift Northeastern to 17-11 and 10-7 against the conference.
Hofstra senior Candace Bond had a strong overall game for Hofstra with 14 points and six rebounds, helping the Pride build a 45-29 rebounding advantage. Ten combined players cracked double digits in points in the contest.
The game was a playoff preview as both Hofstra and Northeastern are locked into the fourth-fifth seed matchup in the quarterfinals of the CAA tournament next week. Northeastern, which has one game remaining in the regular season, swept the regular season series after also 59-57 win at the Mack Sports Complex on Feb. 7.
Green followed up a career-high effort in points scored by contributing nine of her total pointsagainst the Huskies in the first half, marking the second consecutive game she's scored in double figures and the third time she's reached double figures this season. Green scored a career-high 18 points versus UNCW on Sunday.
Northeastern, which built a six-point halftime lead, went ahead 62-48 with Kerkhof hitting a three-pointer and Tunstull hitting a right block jumper with 13:52 left.
Hofstra employed a full-court press to try and cut into the deficit but Huber's three-pointer extended an 18-4 run to put the Huskies ahead, 70-52. The Pride would respond, making a late push with Onyeuku hitting a lay-in off the glass for 9-0 run over 1:19 that put the Pride within 78-69 after trailing by as much as 21.
Tunstull stymied the run with a layup that went in off the back rim. Evans later forced a foul and made both free throws to put Hofstra within 84-73 with 3:34 left. Evans scored two straight field goals as part of stretch of six consecutive points to put the Pride within 84-77.
But Mercier made a clutch basket before Bond's three-pointer made it 86-81. Anma Onyeuku got the steal before Payton's three-point attempt hit the front rim and bounced out with just less than a minute on the clock.
Kerkhof made two clutch free throws with 20.4 seconds left for seven-point lead, ending Hofstra's comeback bid.
Evans notched her 69th career double-double, which leads all active Division I players according to STATS LLC. The West Chester, Pa. native scored in double figures in 28 of Hofstra's 29 regular season games this season and has double-doubles in 35 of Hofstra's last 50 games dating to 2011-12.
Evans nearly posted that double-double in the opening half alone with nine points and nine rebounds to cut Hofstra's deficit to 48-42 heading into halftime. Cannon and Kerkhof both hit a pair of three-pointers to open up a six-point Huskies lead at the half.
Northeastern lead by as much as eight in the period, though the Pride got within three when Bond knocked down a turnaround jumper and Onyeuku forced a steal and drew a backcourt foul on the next trip down. Onyeuku made both free throws to make it a 43-40 contest before Northeastern closed the half on a 5-2 run. Hofstra is now 2-12 when trailing at halftime.
Before the game, Northeastern honored seniors Christine Huber, Cannon, and Kerkhof with framed jerseys. Both Cannon and Kerkof have scored more than 1,000 career points for the Huskies. The festivities for the trio came three days after Hofstra conducted its own senior day ceremonies in which the Pride retired Evans' No. 30 and also singled out Bond and Green for their contributions to the program.
Hofstra will next be in action in the CAA Championship quarterfinals on Friday, March 15 in Upper Marlboro, Md.