The Hofstra women’s basketball team finished the regular season by beating the New Jersey Institute of Technology 77-68 at the Mack Sports Center. The Pride ended the campaign on a three-game winning streak and finished the regular season with a 14-14 record.
Freshman Elo Edeferioka led the way with 11 points and a season-best 17 rebounds including seven on the offensive boards. Asia Jackson led Hofstra with 17 points while Ruth Sherrill added 13 points for the Pride. Uju Nwankwo of NJIT led all scorers with 22 points.
“I like our kids’ toughness and perseverance,” said acting Head Coach Faisal Khan. “It gets us to 14-14, so lots of good things came out of this.” Head Coach Krista Kilburn-Steveskey missed the game for personal reasons.
Today was also the final home game for seniors Annie Payton and Anma Onyeuku.
The Highlanders played the Pride tough and the game featured a lot of fouls, especially in the first half. A late run by NJIT resulted in a tie game at the half, 39-39.
In the second half, Hofstra’s defense tightened up even more and their dominance on the boards, led by Edeferioka, kept the visitors from getting back into the game.
Asia Jackson had a great shooting day, going five-of-seven from the floor and hitting both of her three-point shots.
An 11-0 run by the Pride that ended midway through the second half put the game away for Hofstra. The Pride had balanced scoring on the run with Ruth Sherrill, Krystal Luciano, Annie Payton and Alexis Carter all contributing points.
In the end, Coach Khan was pleased the team finished with a .500 record in conference and for the season with the win today. “In January, we were 1-4 in conference and we fought back to 8-8, so we finished 7-4 in our last 11…We’ve slowly gotten better. We won three in a row now including a tough one against Drexel. Hopefully this gives us tons and tons of confidence heading into the conference tournament on Friday.”
The Pride finished fifth in the CAA and will face fourth-seeded Drexel in the Opening round of the tournament. Hofstra beat Drexel in both meetings this season, 68-66 on the road on February 2 and then 60-58 at the Mack Sports Complex on March 2.
Tip-off is scheduled for Friday at 2:30 PM in Upper Marlboro, Maryland.