Hempstead, NY – Freshman Krystal Luciano scored a season-high 17 points to lead four Pride players with career highs as Hofstra defeated the Concordia (N.Y.) Clippers, 101-38 in a non-conference game at the Mack Sports Complex Monday night.
Hofstra set a number of records in the contest including school records for largest margin of victory and arena records for points scored and margin of victory. The Pride improved to 3-3 on the season while Concordia, a Division II program, fell to 0-9 on the year.
Luciano was 5-for-5 from the field, including two from the arc, and hit five free throws for her 17 points. Sophomores Ruth Sherrill and Sydni Epps each tallied career-highs with 13 and 11 points, respectively. Freshman Kelly Loftus also tallied a season-high with 10 points for Hofstra, which hit 36-of-65 field goals (55 percent). Junior Andreana Thomas added 12 points, all in the first half, for the Pride. Hofstra outrebounded the Clippers, 49-35, and had 19 offensive boards.
Concordia was led by freshman Jessica Rosalbo with 11 points. The Clippers shot 27 percent from the field and committed 30 turnovers resulting in 43 Hofstra points.
The first 3:30 of the contest were played fairly even with three lead changes and a tied score at 4-4 after a Megan Burns free throw. After Hofstra’s Elo Edeferioka gave the Pride a 5-4 lead, Paige Corkins lay-up gave the Clippers a 6-5 lead at the 16:31 mark. It would be Concordia’s last lead of the contest as Epps’ lay-up started a 15-4 run over the next 2:33 that gave the Pride a 20-10 lead after two Anma Onyeuku free throws.
The Clippers closed to within seven at 21-14 after two free throws by Rosalbo at the 11:52 mark and trailed by nine at 28-19 two minutes later after a three-pointer by Rosalbo. But Hofstra, using their considerable size and speed advantage, went on a 27-2 run over the next 7:37 to blow open the contest at 55-21 with just under 2:00 to play in the half. Krystal Ash’s jumper with 19 second to play in the half ended the Pride run before Hofstra’s Luciano hit a three-pointer at the intermission buzzer to end the scoring in the period with the Pride ahead, 58-23.
Thomas had 12 points in the half and Luciano added 10 for the Pride, who hit 21-of-38 field goals, including 6-of-11 three-pointers. Hofstra, which recorded its most points of the season in either half, tallied 26 points in the paint and 30 points off 21 Clipper turnovers.
It didn’t get any better for the Clippers in the second half as they were held without a point for the first 8:46 when Rosalbo hit a free throw. But Hofstra had scored the first 18 points of the half by then and led 76-24. Concordia recorded their first field goal of the second half with 7:42 to play on a lay-up by Victoria Rubin but the Pride led 85-27 at that point.
The Pride return to action on Saturday, Dec.7 when they host UC-Davis at the Mack Sports Complex at 1 p.m.