Atlanta, GA – Senior guard Nicole Capurso became the 22nd member of the 1,000-Point Club at Hofstra as she led the Pride with 20 points in Hofstra’s 86-71 victory over Georgia State on Sunday afternoon at the GSU Sports Arena.
Capurso now has exactly 1,000 points in her stellar career as she reached the milestone with 2:07 left in the contest on a pair of free throws.
Hofstra also got 16 points, eight assists, five rebounds and four steals from senior guard Candice Bellocchio. The 16 points marked a season-high for Bellocchio.
The win was the Pride’s sixth straight as they improved to 6-1 on the season and 1-0 in Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) play. Georgia State falls to 2-4 and 0-1 in league action.
With the six-game win streak it is now the fifth win streak of at least six games during Krista Kilburn-Steveskey’s tenure as head coach. The Pride had an eight-game win streak last season.
Despite shooting just 29.5% (13-44) from the field in the opening twenty minutes, Hofstra would take a 38-33 lead into the break as Capurso led Hofstra with 12 points and Bellocchio added 10.
Capurso was on fire early on as she had 11 points during a 15-4 Pride run that gave Hofstra a 15-6 lead with 16:11 left before intermission.
Georgia State would battle back and knot the score at 30 with just over two minutes left on a free throw from Chan Harris. Hofstra would immediately regain the advantage, though, as Bellocchio drained a three pointer just 26 seconds later to put Hofstra ahead 33-30. Bellocchio, the fifth-year senior from Staten Island, NY would add another trifecta in the final minute to account for the five-point Pride lead.
Hofstra had a strong first half defensively, as the Pride forced 16 Panther turnovers and had 10 steals, led by five from junior forward Candace Bond.
A layup from Cody Paulk less than two minutes into the second stanza would allow Georgia State to even the score at 40.
Led by Loper, who was held scoreless in the opening 20 minutes, Hofstra regained the lead and used a 9-2 run to lead 49-42 after a jumper in the paint from Bellocchio. Loper had five points during the 9-2 run as Hofstra retook the lead.
Hofstra would push the lead to 55-43 as the run in total would end up being a 15-3 spurt as Hofstra held the Panthers to just three points from the 18:25 mark until 12:36 was on the clock. Senior center Marie Malone cemented the run with a pair of free throws with 12:36 left.
The Pride placed a total of five players in double figures as junior forward Shante Evans added 11, freshman guard Andreana Thomas had 11 and sophomore guard Katelyn Loper chipped in with 10. Bond finished with eight points, six rebounds, five steals and three blocks.
Kayla Nolan led Georgia State with 17 points, while Chan Harris had a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds.
Hofstra will look for its seventh straight win when it travels to Hartford for a 7 p.m. game on Wednesday.