Williamsburg, VA – Junior forward Shante Evans had 22 points and 10 rebounds, while hitting a pair of free throws with 43 seconds left to give Hofstra the lead, as the Pride earned a 100-97 victory over William & Mary on Sunday afternoon at Kaplan Arena.
The double-double was the sixth in a row for Evans, who scored 15 of her points after the break. Junior forward Candace Bond clinched the win for the Pride as she nailed a jumper with seven seconds left to account for the final points in the contest.
The 100 points marked the first time in Hofstra’s Division I history that they have scored at least 100 points. Hofstra last reached the triple-digit plateau on January 24, 1981 in a 100-51 victory over Cortland State.
The win improves Hofstra’s record to 11-3 overall and 3-0 in Colonial Athletic Association (CAA), while William & Mary falls to 8-6 and 1-2 in conference action. Hofstra has now five of its last six games.
Hofstra trailed 59-50 at halftime, but held the high-scoring Tribe to just 38 points in the game’s final 20 minutes.
William & Mary was led by Taysha Pye, who scored a game-high 32 points.
A frantic pace was played in opening stanza as the two squads combined for a surreal 109 points, with the Tribe leading 59-50 at the break. Hofstra looked to be in control early as the Pride led 12-4 following a layup from Evans with 17:45 left before the intermission. Hofstra pushed the advantage to nine, courtesy of a three-pointer from sophomore guard Katelyn Loper with 16:43 to play in the first half, before William & Mary began to mount its comeback.
The Tribe used a 19-8 run over the next 6:22 to take a 25-23 lead following a pair of free throws from Pye. William & Mary would extend its lead to as many as 13 in the first half, the last time at 59-46 after two more free throws from Pye with 43 seconds left, before the Pride got the deficit under double digits at halftime. Evans had a layup with 27 seconds left and sophomore forward Anma Onyeuku closed the first half scoring with a bucket with four ticks remaining to close the gap to nine points.
Hofstra would continue to trail the majority of the second stanza, including the last time by double-digits with 10:08 left as William & Mary led 79-69. The Pride would gradually cut into the deficit and close the gap to two at 82-80, following two free throws from Loper with 8:12 to play in regulation. William & Mary would push the advantage back to six at 93-87, before Hofstra used 9-2 run to retake the lead at 96-95 with 1:59 to play after two free throws from Evans.
The final frantic two minutes would see Katherine DeHenzel hit a pair from the charity stripe to allow the Tribe to go back in front, but Evans and Bonds were not to be denied down the stretch as they gave Hofstra the thrilling victory.
Loper finished with 16 points and six rebounds for Hofstra, while senior guard Candice Bellocchio had 14 points, seven rebounds and seven assists. Onyeuku was a huge spark off the bench for the Pride in the contest as she had 15 points and six rebounds in 15 minutes of action.
Janine Aldridge added 22 points, five rebound and five assists for the Tribe.
Hofstra returns to action next Thursday when it hosts Georgia State at 7 p.m.