Senior guard Annie Payton (Camden, NJ) had a career-high 21 points, but was sadly unable to save Hofstra University (1-1) in their home opener as the ladies fell to the Boston College Eagles (1-1) on Tuesday night.
Payton using her speed and athletic ability to cut through the Eagles defense for a 7-for-16 night from the field. Also adding a burst of speed on the defensive end, making several key saves was Sophomore guard Sydni Epps (Cheltenham, PA), who also had a fine showing offensively finishing up with nine points, while also grabbing a team-high nine boards.
There were some bright moments for the Pride, including the team using a press that gave the Boston College offense quite a bit of a predicament. In the end though the Eagles offense and rebounding won the night. The Eagles had four players finishing up the night in double-figure scoring, led by Freshman guard Kelly Hughes (Point Pleasant, NJ) who led all scoring with 19.
The Pride closed to within nine points twice in the first five minutes of the second half, that was when the team really came alive using the combination of speed and some really nice passing between the players. In the final nine minutes of play the ladies really started to click, but by then it was too late as Boston had built a comfortable enough lead to get the victory.
Hofstra will have to learn from the game and refocus their energy on their next home game, which will take place on Friday, November 15 versus Fordham University. Tip-off between the two teams is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.
Fans are encouraged to check out our photo gallery below:
Videos from the Home Opener can be seen here: