Hempstead, NY – The Hofstra Women’s Basketball team will play its first home game since December 1 when it hosts the New York Life Holiday Invitational, presented by Hofstra University this week at the Mack Sports Complex.

Hofstra, which will be hosting an inseason tournament for the first time since the 1982-83 season, will open play at the New York Life Holiday Invitational with a 12 p.m. contest against Central Connecticut State on Wednesday.  The other opening day game will feature Auburn taking on Marist at 2:30 p.m.  Thursday will see the consolation game take place at noon before the championship game starts at 2:30 p.m.

Wednesday’s game between Hofstra and Central Connecticut State will be Pride’s annual "What I Want To Be Day".  Hofstra Athletics will host a field trip for elementary school students called "What I Want To Be Day."  The trip will feature presentations by various educational groups on professions in their fields.  There will also be plenty of games and promotions taking place during the game, which starts at noon.

Hofstra (7-2) is coming off a 66-52 victory over Saint Peter’s on Sunday.  The Pride, which has won seven of its last eight games, were led by junior forward Shante Evans who had 17 points and 15 rebounds for her third double-double of the season and 35th of her stellar career.

Junior forward Deven Green continues to provide solid contributions off the bench for Hofstra as she added 10 points and six rebounds against the Peahens.  Senior guard Nicole Capurso was also in double figures with 11 points, while senior guard Candice Bellocchio dished out a game-high nine assists for the Pride.

Evans leads Hofstra in scoring and rebounding with averages of 15.9 and 8.6, respectively.  Bellocchio has been strong all season running the offense as she is averaging 4.9 assists per contest, to go along with her 9.2 points.  

Central Connecticut State will bring a 6-3 overall mark into Wednesday’s game after dropping a close 71-64 decision to James Madison on Sunday.  Kirsten Daamen is averaging a team-best 15.3 points, while also pulling down 4.9 rebounds for the Blue Devils.

Marist is 4-4 so far in 2011-12, having dropped its last two games at Boston University and St. Bonaventure.  Corielle Yarde leads the Red Foxes in scoring, rebounding and assists with averages of 14.3 points, 6.6 rebounds and 4.3 assists.

Auburn is 6-3 and suffered a 62-54 loss to Purdue on Sunday.  Three players are averaging in double-figures for the Tigers as Camille Glymph leads the team with 10.8 points, Hasina Muhammad is second with 10.3 points and Tyrese Tanner is third on the squad with 10.0 points per game.  Tanner also pulls down 4.2 rebounds per game.

For ticket information to the New York Life Holiday Invitational, presented by Hofstra University, please call 516-HOF-TIXX or visit THIS page on GoHofstra.com.

For live video, audio and stats of games during the tournament please visit GoHofstra.com.

In addition, all games during the invitational will air on a tape-delayed basis on Verizon FiOS1 TV.