Hempstead, NY – Senior Anma Onyeuku scored a career-high 23 points to lead three Pride players in double-figures and sophomore Ruth Sherrill grabbed a career-high 13 rebounds in Hofstra's 77-64 victory over the Fordham Rams in a non-conference game at the Mack Sports Complex Friday night. Hofstra improved to 2-1 on the season while the Rams slipped to 1-2.
Onyeuku topped her previous best of 21 points, set at Auburn last season, by going 10-for-13 from the field including 2-for-3 from the three-point line. Junior Andreana Thomas finished two points off her career high with 21 points while dishing out a game-high five assists. Sherrill more than doubled her previous high of six caroms, set against Princeton last December, with 13 (including nine offensive rebounds). Senior Annie Payton added 11 points for the Pride.
The Rams were led by senior Erin Rooney with a career-high 23 points, topping her previous best of 22 set twice before. She also grabbed a team-high nine rebounds. Classmate Abigail Corning joined Rooney in double-figures with 11 points while grabbing seven rebounds. Fordham shot 40 percent (24-for-60) from the field but hit on just 3-of-16 threes and 13-of-24 (54 percent) on free throws.
The first five minutes of the contest were played evenly with three lead changes and one tied score. Mary Nwachukwu’s lay-up at the 14:26 mark gave Fordham its third lead of the contest at 9-8. But the Pride would go on a 9-0 run, behind a three-pointer and a lay-up by Onyeuku, over the next 2:24 to open up a 17-9 advantage after Asia Jackson’s jumper with 11:46 to play in the period.
After two free throws by Danielle Burns 30 seconds later, the Pride outscored the Rams, 15-8 over the next 7:10 to post their biggest lead of the half at 32-19 following Thomas’ driving lay-up with 2:00 to play in the half. The Rams closed the period on a 7-2 run with Hannah Missry hitting a trey and Burns and Rooney adding two points each to close the deficit to 34-26 at halftime.
Hofstra would reestablish their biggest lead to that point 6:10 into the second half after a 13-8 spurt gave the Pride a 47-34 advantage following a Payton three-pointer. But after the Rams closed to within eight points for the second time in the ensuing 2:11 at 50-42 after a Rooney three-point play, Payton and Onyeuku hit back-to-back three pointers to start a 9-0 Hofstra run over the next 1:04 that gave the Pride their biggest lead at 59-42 after Thomas' three-point play with 10:14 to play.
Fordham would score six of the next seven points, including two lay-ups by Rooney, to cut the gap to 60-48 with 8:54 to play. That was as close as the Rams would get as Hofstra open up an 18-point advantage at 75-57 with 2:26 to play after a Thomas jumper.
Hofstra will return to action on Wednesday, Nov. 20 when the Pride travel’s to Evanston, IL to face the Wildcats of Northwestern at 7:30 p.m. (ET).