Jersey City, NJ – Junior forward Shante Evans had 17 points and 15 rebounds to lead the Hofstra Women’s Basketball team to a convincing 66-52 victory over Saint Peter’s on Sunday afternoon at the Yanitelli Center.
Hofstra has now won seven of its last eight games as they improved to 7-2 this season. The Peahens fall to 0-8 with the loss.
A pair of first half runs would allow Hofstra to take a 33-17 lead into the break as Evans led the way with 10 points and 10 rebounds in the first twenty minutes. It marked her third double-double of the season and 35th of her career.
The Pride scored the first five points of the contest and later would add runs of 9-0 and 10-0 to take its largest lead of the half at 30-11 with 2:51 left in the first stanza following a layup from Evans.
In addition to Evans, senior guard Candice Bellocchio also had a stellar first half for the Pride as dished out six assists and scored four points in the opening stanza.
Hofstra had a strong first half defensively as well, as the Pride forced 15 turnovers, had 11 steals and held the Peahens to 22.6% (7-31) shooting.
Saint Peter’s would gradually close the gap to open the second half as the Peahens used a 12-2 run over 4:17 to narrow the gap to 38-29 with 14:44 left in regulation following a free throw from Jynae Judson. The Peahens would later get to within eight at 41-33, but Hofstra later used a 10-0 scoring run to take a commanding 53-34 lead following a pair of free throws from Bellocchio.
The Pride would never seriously be challenged the rest of the contest as they defeated Saint Peter’s for the second straight season.
Bellocchio finished with nine assists in the game, while senior guard Nicole Capurso added 11 points for the Pride. Junior forward Deven Green chipped in with 10 points and six rebounds for the Pride and freshman guard Onyesonam Nolisa had five points in the first action of her collegiate career.
Judson led Saint Peter’s with 21 points and nine rebounds, while Aziza May had 15 points and seven assists for the Peahens.
Hofstra is next in action on Wednesday when it hosts the New York Life Holiday Invitational. The Pride will take on Central Connecticut State at 12 p.m. and that game will be followed by Auburn against Marist at 2:30 p.m. Day two of the New York Life Holiday Invitational will feature the consolation game at noon and then the championship game at 2:30 p.m. For ticket information please call 516-HOF-TIXX.
Wednesday’s game between Hofstra and Central Connecticut State will be Pride’s annual "What I Want To Be Day". Hofstra Athletics will host a field trip for elementary school students called "What I Want To Be Day." The trip will feature presentations by various educational groups on professions in their fields. There will also be plenty of games and promotions taking place during the game, which starts at noon.