Williamsburg, VA - Sophomore forward Shante Evans continued her already amazing career with another stellar outing as the West Chester, PA native scored a career-high 36 points and added 14 rebounds to lead Hofstra to a 91-84 victory over William & Mary on Wednesday evening at Kaplan Arena.
The 36 points is tied for the fourth-most in a single game in school history and the most since Jen Brickey poured in 36 against William & Mary on January 20, 2002.
Freshman guard Kate Loper starred for the Pride as well as she scored a career-high 26 points, including six three-pointers, to help the Pride capture the season sweep of the Tribe.
The double-double was the 15th of the season and 31st of the career for Evans, who was 11-19 from the field.
Hofstra improves to 18-11 overall and finishes its Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) regular season slate with a mark of 10-8. William & Mary falls to 3-25 and 2-16 with the loss.
The win earned Hofstra the No. 5 seed in the upcoming CAA Championship, where the Pride will see a familiar opponent. Hofstra will meet William & Mary at 2:30 p.m. on March 10 in the first round of the conference tournament. The win was also the Pride's fourth straight in the series.
Next week's meeting will mark the seventh time Hofstra and William & Mary will meet in the conference tournament since the Pride joined the CAA in 2001-02.
Hofstra opened up an early 9-2 lead as Evans had four early points to give the Pride the seven-point advantage with 17:09 left in the opening half. William & Mary fought back and a layup from Taysha Pye at the 10:17 mark knotted the score for the first time in the contest at 16.
At that point, Hofstra hit back-to-back three-pointers, courtesy of senior guard Aamira Terry and Loper, to push the lead back to six points with just under 10 minutes remaining.
With Hofstra holding just a slim 26-24 lead with 7:31 left before halftime, the Pride used a 9-0 scoring run to take its first double-digit lead of the contest at 35-24 with 5:33 to play. Evans, who had 17 points and seven rebounds in the first twenty minutes, tallied seven of the points during the run to fuel the Pride.
Two free throws from Loper later in the half would push the advantage to 43-31, the largest of the game to that point, before the Tribe scored the final four points of the stanza to trail by eight at the break.
It would be all William & Mary to start the second half as the Tribe outscored Hofstra, 12-4, over the first three minutes of the stanza to even the score at 47 following a three-pointer from Katy Oblinger.
As she had done throughout the contest, Loper stepped up once again and drained a three-pointer to give Hofstra back a three-point lead, 50-47, with 15:49 to play. Another trifecta from Loper with just under 13 minutes left would extend the lead back to nine for the Pride at 63-54.
A baseline jumper from Katherine DeHenzel with 7:08 left in regulation would cut the Hofstra lead to 70-66 and force the Pride to utilize a time out.
Evans would tie her career-high coming out of the time out with a pair of free throws to push the lead to 72-66, but the Tribe would continue to fight back and a layup from Correal would even the score at 72 with 5:27 left.
The game would go back and forth over the final few minutes as a driving layup from junior guard Jael Pena with 3:26 to play put the Pride ahead 78-76.
With the score knotted at 78, sophomore forward Candace Bond would come up huge as she drained a three-pointer to push the lead to 81-78 and Evans would add a basket to give the Pride a slight 83-78 margin with under two minutes to play.
That would prove to be enough breathing room for the Pride in the contest as they would go on to capture a seven-point victory over the Tribe to earn their 18 win of the season.
Terry joined Evans and Loper in double figures with 11 points, and Hofstra was a stellar 24-26 from the charity stripe in the game.
Pye led the Tribe with 26 points, while DeHenzel added 18 points and five rebounds.