Princeton, N.J. - Senior Candace Bond notched nine points, six rebounds and five steals while fellow senior Shante Evans scored 13 points, but Princeton's strong opening half allowed the Tigers to pull away as Hofstra lost, 84-54, in a non-conference matchup on Wednesday night at Jadwin Gymnasium.
Evans continued her streak of scoring in double figures
every game this season. The West Chester, Pa. native tallied five rebounds and
Niveen Rasheed scored a game-high 23 points with nine rebounds and Kristen Helmstetter added a career-high 21 points on 4-of-5 three-point shooting for the Tigers. Lauren Polansky grabbed a career-high 11 rebounds.
Hofstra dropped to 1-6 while Princeton improved to 6-2. Bond set a new season best in steals, after twice posting four steals. Sophomore Andreana Thomas reached double figures for the third time, ending her evening with 10 points and three assists while again pacing Hofstra in minutes played with 33.
Princeton built a 26-point halftime lead, crafting a 45-19 edge at the break on the strength of a 25-2 run. The Tigers shot 53.1 percent in the first half, helping Princeton establish an early cushion after Hofstra got as close as two .
Princeton started the contest on a 8-2 run. But Hofstra responded with its own 5-0 run capped by junior Annie Payton's three-pointer to make it 15-13 midway through the opening half.
The Tigers then scored the next 19 points to open a 21-point lead (34-13) with 2:50 left in the opening half. Overall, Princeton's 25-2 run put the home team ahead, 40-15. Helmstetter scored 11 of her points in the first half while Rasheed notched 10.
Evans, who set Hofstra's all-time rebounding record last week against Marist, continued her ascent up the program's record book. Evans jump shot from just outside the paint with 5:45 remaining in the second half moved the six-foot forward past Jen Brickey for the second-most points in team history. Brickey notched 1,726 points in a career that spanned 1999-03. Dia LaBella holds the record with 1,840 career points. Evans, who entered averaging 17 points per game, is on pace to break the record.
With Payton's opening half three-pointer, Hofstra has now
gone 96 consecutive games with at least one three-pointer. Payton made two of
Hofstra's six three-pointers to account for all of her points.
The Pride fell to 3-4 in the all-time series against Princeton. The home team has won every game in the all-time meeting except for last season when the Tigers won at the Mack Sports Complex.
The game featured another talented opponent on Hofstra's schedule. Thus far, every team Hofstra has played qualified for the postseason last year. Princeton, which was the preseason favorite in the Ivy League, has already been the fourth NCAA Tournament team Hofstra has opposed in the non-conference portion of the schedule in the current campaign with Texas, St. John's and Marist also on that list.
Hofstra will play its third road game in four contests when the Pride travels to Alabama to take on Auburn on Sunday at 3 p.m. Eastern time.