Five members of the Pride reached double figures led by freshman Krystal Luciano (San Juan, Puerto Rico) who had a game-high 17. Ruth Sherrill (Alexandria, VA) had 13 points while Andreana Thomas (West Haven, CT) added 12, Sydni Epps (Cheltenham, PA) 11 and Kelly Loftus (Alexandria, VA) scored 10.
Jessica Rosalbo (Staten Island, NY) led the Clippers with 11 points although the Pride limited Concordia to just 26.9 percent shooting from the field and to a mere 3-of-14 from behind the three-point arc.
“There were a lot of good things [in this game],” Hofstra Coach Krista Kilbrun-Steveskey said. “I got a lot of minutes out of folks who needed to get out on the floor and I thought they did very well with those minutes…We got a taste of what the freshmen could bring.”
The Pride got off to a slow start and led 14-10 after six minutes as the teams traded scoring chances and fouls. But Hofstra took control of the game after the coach replaced all five starters which reignited the offense.
Hofstra went on a 19-2 run in the last 6:30 of the opening half to put the game out of reach. At the break, the home team led 58-23.
The Hofstra defense was a big part of their success, forcing 21 turnovers in the first half while allowing only 23 points. The Pride converted those turnovers to 30 first-half points.
After the break, the Pride slowed down the pace a bit and concentrated on running their half court offense. The Pride took only three shots from behind the three-point arc in the final 20 minutes of the game.
“That was by design,” Coach Kilburn-Steveskey explained. “We were just trying to be more patient and trying to show that we could be disciplined when we needed to be disciplined. We worked on some of the things we knew we needed to work on.”
“We’re definitely a running team,” Luciano said after the game. “It’s a little bit hard when coach said just be calm and run the offense…We got to really work on our offense.”
In the second half, the Pride’s defense was overwhelming, not permitting Concordia to hit a field goal from the floor until 12:18 had elapsed in the half. Hofstra came out after halftime and went on a 27-2 run and the route was on.
The last time Hofstra topped the 100 point mark was January 8, 2012, in a 100-97 victory over William & Mary. By scoring 101 points, the Pride set a new record for offense at the Mack Sports Complex. The 63 point margin of victory was also the largest in the history of the program.
This win over Concordia should give the Pride some momentum as they head into their next game this Saturday when Hofstra will host Cal-Davis at 1:00 PM
“It’s a big deal for us,” Coach Kilburn-Steveskey admitted. “It is a good UC-Davis team coming here, so they’re going to be a great challenge for us.”
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