Hempstead, N.Y. - Hofstra will be looking to get back on the winning track and Shante Evans will be looking to make history when the Pride travels to Marist to play the Red Foxes in a non-conference game on Wednesday at 7 p.m. from McCann Arena.
The Pride enters the contest 1-3 overall and looking to snap a three-game losing streak. Marist (3-3) is coming off a victory over Wake Forest to conclude a 1-2 trip at the Paradise Jam in St. Thomas (U.S. Virgin Islands).
Evans, a senior forward, enters the game needing just one more rebound to become Hofstra's all-time leader. Evans, who notched 15 rebounds in her last game against Saint Joseph's, is tied with Kate Gordon with 1,031 career rebounds. Gordon played from 1994-98.
Hofstra is 6-0 all-time against Marist, winning every game in a series that dates to 1979-80. Last season, Hofstra defeated the Red Foxes at home, posting a 71-69 victory. Evans scored 29 points and added 18 rebounds in the victory while Candace Bond also finished with a double-double by posting 15 points and 14 rebounds.
This season, Evans has shown the form that put her on the Wooden Award and Naismith Trophy watch lists, averaging nearly a double-double with 14.8 points and 9.8 rebounds. The West Chester, Pa. native has scored in double figures in all four games.
Junior Annie Payton has been a force off the bench for Hofstra, averaging 9.5 points despite starting only game. Payton has been the Pride's best long-range shooter, connecting on seven three-pointers, which is four more than the next-closest teammate.
Bond continues to show the defensive ability that earned her spots on the Colonial Athletic Association's All Defensive Team the last two seasons. The senior leads Hofstra with eight steals.
As Hofstra looks to pick it up its first win since the season opener against Stetson, the Pride has found success on the offensive glass, building a plus-12 advantage in that category over the opposition. While Evans has been Hofstra's top rebounder, junior Anma Onyeuku has posted back-to-back 10-rebound games against St. John's and Saint Joseph's, respectively, to tie a career high.
Onyeuku is averaging 18 minutes a game, though she has been effective during those stretches. The Fayetteville, Ga. native is making 46.7 percent of her field goal attempts, which leads Hofstra's offense.
Marist features a balanced scoring attack with five players averaging more than eight points. Elizabeth Beynnon is coming off a 22-point effort in the Red Foxes' last game against ACC-member Wake Forest. Beynnon went 8-for-9 from the field and is averaging 10.7 points per game.
Marist likes to shoot from long range, attempting 50 more three-pointers than opposing teams. Madeline Blais has been a threat off the bench, shooting 6-for-13 from beyond the arc.