Hempstead, N.Y.- Senior guard Candice Bellocchio, junior forward Shante Evans and senior center Marie Malone all registered double-doubles to power Hofstra to an 82-75 victory over William and Mary in a Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) matchup on Thursday night at the Mack Sports Complex.
Bellocchio tallied 14 points and 11 assists for her second double-double of the season and Evans compiled 19 points and 10 rebounds for the 12th double-double of the campaign. Malone scored eight of her 10 points and hauled in nine of her 10 rebounds in the second half for her first career double-double. It marked the first time three Hofstra players had double-doubles in the same game since Evans, Bellocchio and Anma Onyeuku accomplished the feat at Niagara on Dec. 9, 2010.
In all, five players scored in double figures as Hofstra won for the seventh time in nine games in improving to 16-5 and 8-2 in league play. Five players also finished in double figures for the Tribe but couldn't prevent William and Mary from falling to 9-12 and 2-8.
Sophomore guard Katelyn Loper scored eight of her 12 total points in the second half and junior forward Candace Bond contributed 10 points and six rebounds to help Hofstra sweep the season series over the Tribe. In the two games against the Tribe, Hofstra scored a combined 182 points, including the first 100-point game in the Pride's Division I history on Jan. 8.
Emily Correal posted a double-double for the Tribe, scoring 14 points and adding 12 rebounds. Jaclyn McKenna paced the visitor's attack with 16 points.
Evans has scored in double figures in 20 of Hofstra's 21 games this season in helping the Pride move to 8-2 at home. She finished just one point shy of her ninth 20-point effort of the season.
The Pride came out the gate strong in both halves, erasing a three-point halftime differential with a 9-2 run to take a 42-38 edge. William and Mary came as close as two points on three separate occasions, though Hofstra generated defensive stops to keep the lead and found its collective shooting stroke from the field to create breathing room.
Evans' sequence seven minutes into the second half was exemplified her strong overall game. She stole the ball from a driving Kaitlyn Mathieu and fired an outlet bounce pass to spring Onyeuku's layup and a 50-44 lead.
Onyeuku then added her first career three-pointer, burying a right-wing shot for seven-point Hofstra lead. Following a William and Mary missed layup, Loper finished strong at the hoop for a 9-2 run that gave Hofstra a 55-46 advantage with 11:16 remaining.
Hofstra surged to an 11-2 lead 3:30 into the contest. Evans powered her way in for a coast-to-coast layup as part of a three-point play to cap the 7-0 run for the early momentum.
A 16-6 William and Mary run gave the Tribe its first lead of the game midway through the half. Hofstra hoisted eight more shots than the Tribe before intermission, though the Pride struggled to find an early rhythm from the floor.
But the Pride went in the locker room with momentum after William and Mary missed three shots in a single sequence with time winding down. Evans grabbed the rebound and initiated a fast break that culminated with Onyeuku's layup just before the buzzer to cut the deficit to 36-33 at the break.
Bellocchio tallied seven assists in the opening half and Evans scored 13 points and grabbed six rebounds.
With her first basket just 20 seconds into the game, Capurso netted her 1,152 career point to move into 15th place on the team's all-time list. Bellocchio also reached a milestone, playing in career game No. 123 for the second-most in program history.
After a two-day break, the Pride will be back in action on Sunday when Hofstra hosts Old Dominion University in a CAA contest at 2 p.m. from the Mack Sports Complex.