Charleston, S.C. – Senior guard Annie Payton set a career high with 27 points for Hofstra, but four College of Charleston players scored in double figures as the Pride fell to the Cougars, 87-74, in a Colonial Athletic Association matchup Sunday afternoon at TD Arena.
Payton finished in double figures for the 13th time this season and the 27th of her career. The Camden, N.J. native was 12-for-13 from the line and tallied 17 points in the second half.
Hofstra senior forward Anma Onyeuku scored 13 points and grabbed 11 rebounds despite foul trouble limiting her time in the second half. Alyssa Frye scored 18 points, Alfreyea Tolbert notched 14 points and Jazz Green scored 14. CofC’s Jasmine Carter scored 15 of her 19 total points in the last half.
The Pride lost for just the second time in the last six games in dropping to 10-12 and 5-6 in league play. CofC swept the season series and improved to 13-12 overall and 6-6 in CAA play.
Onyeuku registered a double-double for the second consecutive game and the fourth time this season, including three against league opponents. She has accomplished the feat six times in her career.
Overall, Hofstra shot 20-of-24 from the free throw line.
Sophomore guard Asia Jackson contributed 11 points and three assists. Onyeuku was sent to the bench with her fourth foul less than eight minutes into the second half. Hofstra moved within nine points when Onyeuku hit a jumper to make it 48-39 with 15:37 left. But CofC pulled away as the Pride would not get within single digits again. The Cougars, who bested the Pride, 62-59 in Hempstead last month, took the regular season series in Hofstra’s first-ever game on CofC’s home court.
Foul trouble put Hofstra in an early hole as CofC took a 39-30 halftime lead. Six Hofstra players were whistled for multiple fouls before the break, though Onyeuku and Payton each hit a pair of three-pointers in the period to keep the deficit at single digits. Onyeuku hauled in eight rebounds and scored six points before halftime.
Hofstra raced to a 7-3 lead in the opening three minutes, promoting CofC to call its first timeout. The Pride forced the Cougars to miss nine of the first 10 shots.
Frye hit back-to-back right-wing three-pointers to cap an 11-0 CofC run. Onyeuku’s right-corner three-pointer shifted momentum and started a 9-0 Pride run with Jackson getting a reverse lay-in and Onyeuku hitting another three-pointer from the opposite corner.
A 10-0 run gave CofC a 28-20 lead before Hofstra battled back. Sophomore Alexis Carter and freshmen Krystal Luciano and Elo Edeferioka each picked up two fouls less than 12 minutes into the half. But sophomore forward Ruth Sherrill tried to pick up the slack with six rebounds and a layup off the bench to bolster the team’s front court. Edeferioka had five points and five rebounds and Luciano had four points, four assists and three rebounds.
Hofstra will next be in action on Thursday when the Pride hosts Northeastern at 7 p.m. from the Mack Sports Complex in a CAA matchup. The Pride defeated the Huskies, 65-55, on the road on Jan. 23 in the first meeting between the schools.