Boston, MA – Junior forward Shante Evans had a huge game with 28 points and 14 rebounds, but Northeastern used big second half run to pull away for a 80-62 victory over Hofstra on Wednesday evening at Solomon Court.
The loss drops Hofstra’s record to 19-10 overall and 11-7 in Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) play. Northeastern improves to 8-21 and 6-12 in league action.
Seedings and pairing for the CAA Championship will be announced later this evening. The Championship will be held at The Show Place Arena in Upper Marlboro, Maryland next Thursday through Sunday. Hofstra has clinched a bye and will be the No. 4 seed in the championship.
Sophomore guard Katelyn Loper had 11 points and three three-pointers for the Pride to move into a tie for fifth all-time in three-pointers at Hofstra with 138. She is now tied with Marguerite Moran (1987-89).
A high-octane first half saw the squads combine for 79 points as Northeastern took a 41-38 lead into the break as Christine Huber had 11 points and Jewel Tunstull added 10.
The first half featured 11 tie scores and four lead changes with Hofstra being carried by the duo of Evans and senior guard Candice Bellocchio. Evans was 6-8 from the field in posting 15 points and six rebounds before the break. Bellocchio dazzled running the offense with eight points, six assists and four rebounds.
With her 28 points in contest, Evans moved into fifth place all-time in scoring. She now has 1,573 career points, passing Christine Lathuras (1,548; 1980-84). Cigi McCollin ranks fourth all-time in scoring at Hofstra with 1,662 points from 2002-07.
Hofstra used an early 7-0 scoring run to take a 16-11 lead following a free throw from Evans before the Huskies answered with an 11-0 spurt of their own, capped by a free throw from Dani Iervilino with 11:01 left to make the score 22-16 in favor of Northeastern.
The teams would battle the remainder of the half with neither squad able to pull away. The Huskies were able to take a three-point lead into the break as A’lece Mark sank a three-pointer with 1:37 remaining on the first half clock to account for the halftime score.
Northeastern scored the first four points of the second stanza to lead 45-38 with 18:58 left after a layup from Deanna Kerkhof. The Huskies extended the lead to 48-39 following a three-pointer from Iervilino before Hofstra mounted a rally.
A basket from Evans started a 6-0 scoring run for Hofstra that brought the Pride back to within 48-45 with 15:02 left in regulation.
With the score 50-49 in favor of Northeastern, the Huskies would begin to expand on its advantage and take control of the game. From the 12:31 mark of the second half until 5:37 remained in regulation, Northeastern would outscore Hofstra, 22-5, to take a 72-54 lead.
That deficit would prove too much to overcome for the Pride as they would eventually fall to the Huskies.