Hempstead, NY - Nicole Capurso's three-pointer with 16 seconds left snapped a 66-66 tie and gave Hofstra a 69-66 Colonial Athletic Association win over visiting Towson Sunday afternoon at the Mack Sports Complex. Shante Evans scored 29 points and grabbed a season-best 20 rebounds for the Pride.
Hofstra improves to 18-8 on the season, 10-5 in CAA play. Towson falls to 16-10, 7-8 in the CAA. The loss snapped a four-game win streak for the Tigers.
Evans scored 21 of her 29 points in the second half as Hofstra rallied from a four-point halftime deficit. The Pride took their first lead of the game, 38-36, on an Evans layup 2:06 into the second half. The first nine minutes of the second half featured five tied scores. After Ciara Webb tied the game at 50 for Towson on a free throw at the 10:52 mark, the Tigers went on a 12-4 run that gave them a 62-54 lead with 5:18 to play. Krystin Fields had six of her 13 points in the run.
Hofstra responded with a 12-2 run to take a 66-64 lead with 1:00 to play. Anma Onyeuku's three-point play with 1:27 left gave Hofstra a 65-64 lead and Evans converted one of two free throws to give the Pride a two-point edge. But Sheree Ledbetter tied the game for Towson with a pair of free throws with 43 seconds to play.
On Hofstra's ensuing possession, the Pride had two shots blocked out of bounds and a third go off a Towson player to retain possession. With Candice Bellocchio inbounding the ball under the Hofstra basket, she found Capurso on the right wing and the senior's three-point shot bounced high off the rim before falling through for the winning shot. The Tigers had a shot at the buzzer that hit the rim and went out of bounds as time expired.
Towson led from start to finish in the first half, scoring the first six points of the game behind four points from Deree Fooks. Hofstra then scored five straight points on a layup from Evans and a three-pointer from Capurso to pull within one, 6-5, with 15:52 on the clock. Towson went back up by as many as five, 10-5, before Hofstra rallied to tie the game at 18 on an Evans layup with 9:57 to go.
But Towson went on an 11-3 run to take its largest lead of the game, 29-21 with 4:29 to play. Fields had five of the points for Towson in the run, while Fooks added four. The Pride would then close out the half by outscoring the Tigers, 9-5, to trail 34-30 at intermission. Hofstra scored seven straight points, four by Candace Bond and three from Katelyn Loper, to pull within one at 29-28. But Towson scored five of the next seven points to head into the locker room with the four point advantage.
The Tigers had four players in double figures led by Fooks' 20. She also added a team-high eight rebounds. Fields had 13 points, Tanisha McTiller had 11 points and Krystal Parnell added 10.
Bond was the only other player for Hofstra in double digit scoring with 14 points. Capurso finished with seven points, while Bellocchio added six points and seven assists. Evans scored her 29 points on 13-26 shooting and had 13 offensive rebounds.
Hofstra returns to action Thursday night at James Madison. The game will air on ESPN3 at 7 p.m.