Hempstead, NY - Senior Shante Evans recorded her eighth double-double of the season and Andreana Thomas notched her second to lead the Hofstra Pride to a 83-72 victory over the Old Dominion Lady Monarchs in a Colonial Athletic Association battle at the Mack Sports Complex Sunday afternoon.
The Pride, who won for the seventh time in the past eight games, improved to 8-8 on the season and 4-1 in the CAA. Old Dominion fell to 12-5 and 3-2 in conference play.
Evans, who was honored before the game for breaking the school career-point record last week on the road, tallied a game-high 30 points and grabbed 10 caroms to notch her 58th career double-double. Evans tallied 26 of the 30 points in the second half.
Thomas, who logged her second career double-double, tallied 12 points and a career-high 13 assists. Junior Anma Onyeuku notched 18 points, all in the first half for the Pride. Hofstra shot 49 percent (28-57) from the field including 54 percent (13-for-24) in the second half. Thomas fell one assist shy of matching Candice Bellocchio's single-game record of 14 set against St. Francis on Nov. 18, 2009.
Senior forward Candace Bond contributed eight points, seven rebounds and four assists in 36 minutes.
The Lady Monarchs also had three players in double-figures led by sophomore Shae Kelley with 16 points and freshman LaQuanda Younger with 14 points. Junior Rebecca Allison added 11 points for ODU. The Lady Monarchs shot 42.4 percent from the field but just 30 percent (8-for-27) in the first half. ODU, which ranks third in the CAA in three-point percentage, missed their first 16 three-point attempts and were just 4-for-22 in the contest.
The Pride trailed only once in the first half at 2-0. After two free throws by Allison 1:21 into the contest, the Pride went on a 10-2 run over the next 1:48, behind five points from Jackson and three from Bond, to take a 10-4 advantage. The Lady Monarchs went on their own 12-6 to knot the game, for the third time, at 16-16 following two free throws by Kelley with 10:01 to play in the period.
Hofstra then scored eight of the next nine points, with Onyeuku notching six, to open up a 24-17 advantage after her three-point play at the 8:42 mark. Old Dominion closed to within two at 26-24 at the 6:22 remaining in the half after Kelley's lay-up ended a 7-2 run. But the Pride scored 11 consecutive points, with Onyeuku posting eight in the run, to open up their biggest lead of the game to that point at 37-24 after Payton's three-pointer with 1:49 to play. Shae hit a lay-up for the Monarchs 21 seconds later and Dee Thomas Palmer hit a free throw for Hofstra with one minute on the clock to close out the scoring in the half with Hofstra holding a 38-26 advantage. Onyeuku closed out the first 20 minutes with 18 points, just three points shy of equaling her career high.
Like the first half, the Lady Monarchs scored the first points of the period-a lay-up by Jackie Cook-before the Pride went on a 14-6 run, behind 11 points from Evans, over the next 4:37 to boost the lead to 52-34 lead with 14:09 to play after an Evans lay-up. After Galaisha Goodhope tallied a three-point play seven seconds later, the Pride scored 10 of the next 14 points with Epps' three-point play giving the Pride a 63-41 advantage with 10:40 remaining in the second half.
The Lady Monarchs responded with a 12-4 run over the next 2:21, with Younger hitting two treys in the spurt, to close to 67-53 with 8:00 to play. But Hofstra received three consecutive baskets from Evans and a fourth from Thomas to rebuild their biggest lead of the game at 75-53 with 5:27 remaining. ODU got as close as 14 twice in the final minutes behind a 12-4 including two three-pointers by Younger, to move to 79-65 down with 2:32 left. But Thomas hit four free throws for the Pride over the next two minutes before Kelley scored five points and Ashley Betz-White added a bucket in the final minute to close out the scoring at 83-72.
The Pride return to action next Sunday, January 27 when they travel to Harrison burg, Virginia for a meeting with the Dukes of James Madison University at 5:30 p.m.