Cheney, WA – Sophomore forward Anma Onyeuku tied her career-high with 16 points on 7-9 shooting from the field to lead the Hofstra Women’s Basketball team to a dominating 90-69 victory over Eastern Washington on Sunday afternoon at Reese Court.
Senior guard Candice Bellocchio had a strong game for the Pride as well, as she chipped in with 10 points and a team-high seven assists.
Hofstra improves to 1-1 with the win, while Eastern Washington sees its record even at 1-1.
In a half where Hofstra put up 49 points to lead by 19 at the break, it was the defense that led the way to provide Hofstra with the lead.
A pair of free throws from Courtney Nolen with 8:38 left in the first half would cut the Pride advantage to 26-25 before Hofstra began to pull away. Hofstra would hold the Eagles to just five points the remainder of the half as they closed the stanza on a 23-5 run. Eastern Washington had only one field goal over the final 8:38 of the half, as the Pride used a 13-0 run to expand its lead from 30-27 to 43-27 following a layup from sophomore guard Katelyn Loper with 2:01 left before intermission. Bellocchio led the charge in the opening twenty minutes as she had 10 points and four assists as Hofstra had 10 first half assists to Eastern Washington’s three. Hofstra shot a stellar 55.9 percent from the field in the opening half, including 19-29 (66%) from inside three-point territory
A three-pointer from senior guard Nicole Capurso 11 seconds into the second half would give Hofstra its first lead over 20 points in the contest at 52-30. It marked Capurso’s first three-pointer of the season and also the Pride’s first of the contest. Capurso ranks as one of Hofstra’s all-time best three-point shooters, as she now has 147 in her career to rank fourth in program history.
The lead would increase to as many as 28 in the game as Hofstra never relented on both the offensive and defensive ends. Hofstra took the 28-point lead with 8:04 left in regulation when Loper hit a driving layup to make the score 76-48 in favor of the Pride.
Junior forward Shante Evans added 11 points and seven rebounds for the Pride, while Loper chipped in with 15 points and five rebounds in the second of two games near her hometown of Post Falls, Idaho.
Aubrey Ashenfelter led the Eagles with 20 points.
Hofstra returns to action next Friday when it hosts St. John’s in its home opener at 7 p.m. inside the Mack Sports Complex. For ticket information please call 516-HOF-TIXX or visit GoHofstra.com.