Hempstead, N.Y.- Five players scored in double figures as the Hofstra women's basketball team used a balanced attack to post a 94-74 victory over Seton Hall on Thursday night at the Mack Sports Complex.
Junior forward Deven Green set a career-high with 13 points and 10 rebounds for her first double-double. Senior guard Nicole Capurso added 20 points and junior forward Shante Evans poured in 14 points as Hofstra (5-1) extended its winning to five. Jasmine Crew netted a game-high 25 points and Brittany Morris scored 22 but Seton Hall still fell to 5-3.
Head coach Krista Kilburn-Steveskey picked up her 91st career win to move into sole possession of second place on Hofstra's all-time victories list.
Ten players registered points for the Pride. Sophomore guard Katelyn Loper finished in double figures for the fifth time this season, scoring 17 points while hitting a trio of three-pointers. Senior center Marie Malone recorded a season-best 11 points.
Seton Hall entered with the 40-ranked defense in the country, holding opponents to less than 53 points per game. But the Pride torched the Pirates for 50 first-half points in recording its second wire-to-wire victory of the season (and second against a Big East Conference-opponent after accomplishing the feat versus St. John's).
The Pride continued its string of success against Big East foes, winning for the fifth time in the last six games against power-conference member opponents. Hofstra also beat a Big East team for the second straight home game after defeating the Red Storm on Nov. 18.
Hofstra held Seton Hall to just 25 percent shooting on three-pointers (3-for-12) as the Pirates lost for the first time in three games on the road this season. Malone needed just the first half to set a season high in points, scoring nine of her total points before the break.
Green, who never had more than three rebounds in a single game, corralled four offensive rebounds and six defensive boards. She scored 11 of her 13 points in the second half, needing just 22 minutes to earn the double-double.
Hofstra, which entered ranked No. 19 in the Collegeinsider.com Mid-Major Top-25 poll, surged to a 15-3 start six minutes in. The Pride exploited the defense with an array of shot selections, using Evans' inside game and Loper and Capurso's outside shooting to double-up the score on Seton Hall midway through the opening half.
Loper hit four of her first five shots from the field and Capurso drilled back-to-back three-pointers from the right and left wings, respectively, to give Hofstra a 36-18 edge and prompted Seton Hall to call its timeout with 7:19 left in the half.
The Pride took a 21-point edge into the locker room as Loper (13 points), Capurso (11), Malone (9) and Evans (8) helped Hofstra finish 51.7 percent from the floor through the opening 20 minutes while also connecting on 14-of-15 free throws.
Junior guard Courtney Breen made her Hofstra basketball debut. The one-time Pride women's soccer standout played four minutes in the second half.
Before the game, Evans was honored with a short presentation at mid-court in recognition of scoring her 1,000th career point during last season's Colonial Athletic Association tournament.
Hofstra will start a stretch of three consecutive road games when it travels to Atlanta to face Georgia State in the CAA opener on Sunday at 2 p.m.