Richmond, VA – Andrea Barbour had 26 points and Courtney Hurt added 20 points and 15 rebounds to lead VCU to a 76-60 victory over Hofstra on Thursday evening at the Verizon Wireless Arena.
Hofstra was led by junior forward Shante Evans who had 13 points and seven rebounds.
The loss drops the Pride’s overall record to 16-7 and its Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) mark to 8-4. VCU improves to 14-9 and 7-5 in league play. The Rams have now won five straight in the series with the Pride.
Senior guard Candice Bellocchio had 11 points in the game to give her 998 for her career, just two points shy of reaching 1,000 career points. In addition, Bellocchio played in her 125th career game tonight, needing just one to tie Cigi McCollin (2002-07) for first all-time in program history.
Hofstra took a 28-25 lead at the break as Evans posted seven points and five rebounds in the opening 20 minutes, while junior forward Candace Bond added six points and six rebounds. The first half featured five lead changes and six tied scores as neither team was able to pull away. Hofstra used a 10-5 run midway through the first stanza to take the largest lead of the opening 20 minutes at 22-17 following a three-pointer from THOMAS with 5:36 left.
VCU rallied and scored five straight to knot the score at 22 with 4:12 left in the opening stanza but the Pride scored four of the final five points in the half to take the narrow three-point lead into the locker room.
The Rams began the second half on fire as they scored the first six points of the stanza and used a 12-5 run early on to take a 37-33 lead with 16:53 left in regulation, forcing Hofstra to utilize a timeout.
Hofstra would fall behind 43-38 before they used an 8-2 run to take a 46-45 lead after a free throw from sophomore forward Anma Onyeuku. Senior guard Nicole Capurso hit a layup with 12:26 to play that knotted the score at 45.
That would be the last lead Hofstra would have in the contest, though, as Barbour started a 16-6 run with a layup that culminated with a free throw from Hurt with 5:40 to play that put the Rams ahead 63-54. That would prove to be too much of a deficit to overcome for the Pride as VCU pulled away for the 76-60 win.
Junior forward Deven Green nearly had a double-double for the Pride as she had 10 points and nine rebounds.
Hofstra returns to action on Sunday when it travels to George Mason for a 2 p.m. contest.