Evanston, Ill. – Northwestern’s Nia Coffey scored 27 points and helped spark an early second-half run Wildcats’ run as Hofstra lost, 74-57, in a non-conference matchup Wednesday night at Welsh-Ryan Arena.
Senior Anma Onyeuku netted 14 points and nine rebounds in nearly recording Hofstra’s first double-double of the season and sophomore Ruth Sherrill tied a career high by scoring nine points for the second time in four games. But the Pride still dropped to 2-2 on the season. Maggie Lyon’s 13 rebounds and 11 points propelled Big Ten-member Northwestern’s record to 4-0.
Senior guard Annie Payton finished in double figures for the third time in four games in tallying 10 points. Lauren Douglas added 14 points off the bench for Northwestern and Christen Inman (11points) also ended her night in double figures to keep the Wildcats undefeated.
Hofstra is 11-13 against members of BCS conferences since 2006-07 and 2-5 since 2012-13.
Northwestern went on a 13-0 run to start the second half, building a 49-34 lead from which Hofstra couldn’t recover. The Pride did not score its first points of the second half until seven minutes in on freshman Asia Jackson’s driving layup.
Hofstra replaced all five players with 10:37 left in the second half in an effort to spark the team. Onyeuku responded with a three-point play to make it 55-41 at the second half’s midway point.
Coffey connected on a jumper the next trip down the court and Hofstra would not get closer than nine points the rest of the way. The Pride is now 1-2 in the all-time series with the win coming last season at home.
Sherrill tied her previous career high of nine points in the first half alone as the second-year forward helped Hofstra close within 36-34 at the break. Seven Pride players scored at least two points before the intermission, though Coffey’s 16 points helped give Northwestern the edge.
Sophomore Alexis Carter converted a fast-break layup to help Hofstra race to a 9-2 lead. But Coffey keyed Northwestern’s first half drive by scoring 12 of the Wildcats’ first 23 points. Hofstra cut into what had been an eight-point Northwestern lead by going on a 12-2 run; keyed by Loftus’ three-pointer and Thomas’ free throw. Hofstra has trailed at halftime in two of four games this season.
Hofstra will play a BCS-conference member for the second straight game when Hofstra hosts Virginia Tech on Saturday at 7 p.m. from the Mack Sports Complex. It will be the second time in three home games that the Pride has faced a ACC school in Hempstead after falling to Boston College in the home opener. For ticket information to all Hofstra Basketball home games please call (516) HOF-TIXX or visit GoHofstra.com/tix.