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Shante Evans and Hofstra defeated Drexel on Thursday
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WBB: Pride Powers Past Drexel

Courtesy: Hofstra Athletic Communications
Release: 02/14/2013

Hempstead, N.Y. - Senior forward Shante Evans had her 15th double-double of the season with 14 points and 13 rebounds and Anma Onyeuku posted a career-best 15 rebounds to pace Hofstra in a 53-43 Colonial Athletic Association win over Drexel Thursday afternoon at the Mack Sports Complex.

Hofstra improved to 12-11 on the season, its first time over the .500 mark since winning its season opener, and is now 8-4 in the CAA. Drexel fell to 16-7 overall and 9-3 in the CAA, and saw its three-game winning streak halted.

The two teams played a tightly contested first half for the first seven minutes as neither team led by more than three. But Evans gave Hofstra the lead for good, 11-10 with a layup with 13:32 to play. That started a half-closing 16-4 run that gave the Pride a 25-14 lead at intermission. The 14 points allowed by the Pride was the fewest surrendered in a half this season, besting the 16 points allowed to Drexel in the first meeting in Philadelphia. Five different players scored for the Pride in the run, led by seven points from Evans.

The Pride defense held the Dragons without a field goal for the final 10:31 as Drexel closed out the half by missing their final 14 shots. For the half Drexel was just 5-for-28 (17.9 percent) from the field.

The second half saw Hofstra build the lead to 13 points on two occasions, the second on Andreana Thomas' three-pointer 2:54 into the half for a 32-19 lead, before Drexel made a mini-run to pull within seven with 14:15 to play. The 6-0 run featured four points from Renee Johnson-Allen. But Hofstra responded with a 10-0 run over the next 3:57 to extend to a 17-point lead, 42-25, with 10 minutes to play in the game.

An 8-3 run by the Dragons, which featured four points apiece from Taylor Wootton and Hollie Mershon, cut the Hofstra lead to 12, 45-33, with 5:56 to play. But the Pride used a 6-1 run over the next 3:17 to build the lead back up to 17, 51-34, on Alexis Carter's two free throws with 2:39 left to play. The Dragons would end the game on a 9-2 run to make it a 10-point final.

The game was part of What I Want To Be Day and featured a crowd of 2,126 people, most of them elementary school students. Prior to the start of the game, a variety of guest speakers spoke to the children about career choices that they can make in the future.

In addition to Evans, Thomas was the only other Pride player in double-figures with 10 points. The sophomore point guard also added six assists. Candace Bond had nine points, while Annie Payton chipped in with eight points and two blocks.

Drexel, which shot just 23 percent from the floor in the contest, was led by Mershon's 12 points and Wootton's 10. Mershon and Johnson-Allen led the Dragons with seven rebounds each.

The Pride shot 42 percent from the floor for the contest and outrebounded the Dragons by nine, 46-37.

Hofstra is back in action Sunday at 2 p.m. when the Pride hosts James Madison. For ticket information call (516) HOF-TIXX.

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