Hempstead, N.Y. - Junior forward Shante Evans scored 10 of her team-high 14 points in the second half but the Pride couldn't overcome JMU's strong second half as the Pride fell, 81-63, to the Dukes in a Colonial Athletic Association matchup on Thursday night at the Mack Sports Complex.
JMU's Tarik Hislop (25), Toia Giggetts (21) and Jasmine Gill (20) all cracked the 20-point plateau. Nikki Newman set a career high with 16 rebounds for the Dukes. Hofstra saw its four-game winning streak snapped in falling to 13-4 and 5-1 in CAA play. JMU improved to 12-5 and 4-2.
Hislop scored 16 of her career-high point total in the first half while Giggetts also set a personal best with 21 points and 11 rebounds with 7-of-10 shooting from the field.
Four Hofstra players scored in double figures, though the Pride lost for just the second time at home this season in dropping to 6-2. Sophomore guard Katelyn Loper notched 11 points and accounted for half of Hofstra's six three-pointers.
Freshman Andreana Thomas finished in double figures for the third time this season, racking up 10 points. Senior guard Nicole Capurso scored 10 points and grabbed five rebounds. Evans, who finished with eight rebounds, saw her double-double streak end at eight games.
Junior Candace Bond hauled in nine rebounds for Hofstra and notched three assists.
JMU out-scored Hofstra in the second half 46-31, and found an edge on the low blocks with a 64-45 advantage. The Dukes also grabbed 29 offensive rebounds, though Hofstra stayed competitive in the paint as JMU only out-scored the Pride in the lane 28-22.
Loper and Capurso used long-range shooting to help Hofstra close the gap before JMU put the game away. The duo combined for five of Hofstra's six total three-pointers with Thomas adding the only other trey. Loper now has 114 career three-pointers, moving into ninth place all-time on the program's all-time list.
Senior guard Candice Bellocchio drove in for a layup to help put Hofstra within 45-41 almost six minutes into the second half. But JMU responded with Gill and Newman hit back-to-back three-pointers for an eight-point edge that prompted the Pride to call timeout with 14:09 left.
Gill continued her hot three-point shooting, hitting a long-range trey from the far left wing for a 60-49 edge midway through the second half to create a cushion. Following another defensive stop, Kirby Burkholder connected on another three-pointer for a 14-point advantage to help put the game away.
Evans continued her hard work on the offensive glass, grabbing seven offensive rebounds in the second half to keep Hofstra competitive.
Hislop and Giggetts combined for 31 first-half points, accounting for nearly 90 percent of the team's offense to send JMU into halftime with a 35-32 edge.
Despite being out-rebounded in the opening half, 33-22, Hofstra went on a 7-0 run to cut into JMU's game-high nine-point lead. The Pride also hit five three-pointers in the opening half while holding the Dukes to 0-for-4 shooting from beyond the arc.
Loper gave the Pride a boost off the bench, energizing the home team and erasing a slow start with nine points and a trio of three-pointers in just 12 minutes.
Hofstra will next be in action on Sunday when the Pride hosts Northeastern with a 2 p.m. tipoff at the Mack Sports Complex. Head coach Krista Kilburn-Steveskey will be looking for career win No. 100.