Hempstead, NY – Hofstra senior Annie Payton scored a career-high 21 points but five Eagles scored in double-figures as Boston College defeated the Pride, 80-63 in a non-conference game at the Mack Sports Complex Tuesday night.
The Eagles improved to 1-1 on the season while the Pride dropped to 1-1.
Freshman guard Kelly Hughes led Boston College with season-highs of 19 points and eight rebounds while junior Lauren Engeln pumped in 14 points. Senior Kristen Doherty had a team-high nine rebounds and added 10 points while sophomore Nicole Boudreau and senior Katie Zenevitch also tallied 10 points.
Payton, who surpassed her previous high of 17 at Stetson in the 2012-13 season opener, was 7-for-16 from the field with two three-pointers. Sophomore Sydni Epps tallied nine points and grabbed a team-high nine rebounds while junior Andreana Thomas added seven points. The Pride shot just 26 percent (19-for-74) from the field including just 6-of-32 (19 percent) from the three-point line.
Freshman Elo Edeferioka grabbed nine rebounds, including seven on the offensive glass, in her first career start.
The Pride struggled coming out of the gate, hitting just one of nine field goal attempts while the Eagles built a 10-2 lead 4:41 into the contest, with Engeln getting six of the 10. But Hofstra got their legs and went on a 10-0 run with Dee Thomas-Palmer and Kelly Loftus hitting three-pointers to wrap up the run and give the Pride their first lead of the game at 12-10 with 12:13 to play.
But after two lead changes, Kat Cooper started a 14-0 BC run, with two free throws, over the next 2:57 to take a 29-16 lead with 6:45 to play in the half after a Hughes jumper. The Pride closed to within eight at 29-21 after five straight Payton points. But the Eagles, behind five points by Hughes and four from Alexa Coulombe, scored 10 of the next 15 points to regain a 13-point advantage with 1:22 before Payton’s jumper closed the halftime scoring with BC ahead, 39-28. Payton had 10 for Hofstra. Boudreau also tallied 10 for the Eagles, who hit 12-of-26 (46 percent) field goals in the first 20 minutes.
Despite a lack of field goals, the Pride closed to within nine twice in the first five minutes of the second half, the latest at 45-36 after two free throws by Thomas with 15:21 to play. But the Eagles then went on a 13-2 run over the next 3:29 to build a 58-38 lead with 11:30 to play after an Engeln jumper. Hughes had five points and Engeln had four in the BC spurt.
Hofstra, despite making just four field goals over the first 11 minutes of the period, came alive in the final nine minutes. After Cooper gave the Eagles their biggest lead of the game at 63-41 after a lay-up at the 9:16 mark, the Pride, behind three three-pointers including two by Payton, went on a 16-6 run over the next 3:10 to close to within 12 at 69-57 after an Edeferioka free throw with 5:36 to play.
But that would be as close as the Pride would get as BC would outscore Hofstra, 11-6 the rest of the way with Doherty and Engeln each scoring four points, to give the Eagles their final 80-63 margin.
Hofstra returns to action this Friday when they host the Lady Rams of Fordham at the Mack Sports Complex. Game time is 7 p.m.