The Hofstra Women’s Basketball team struggled offensively and fell to Drexel 63-56 before a loud and enthusiastic crowd of 1,864 at the Mack Sports Complex.
Elo Edeferioka led the Pride with 15 points and 12 rebounds while Kelly Loftus added 13 points and Ashunae Durant scored 10.
“We seemed to be one step behind most of the day,” admitted Head Coach Krista Kilburn-Steveskey. “We had only 10 team assists. We just couldn’t find a rhythm or a flow and that’s on us.”
Drexel came out fast and took the lead early. It seemed every time Hofstra rallied to get close or take a brief lead of their own, the Dragons had an answer.
Darius Faulk gave the Pride a 19-17 lead with 8:55 left in the first half before Drexel went on a 16-2 lead over the next eight minutes that gave them control of the game.
Drexel shot 48.3 percent from the floor for the game, while Hofstra hit only 34.5 percent of their shots.
In the first half, most of Hofstra’s offense went through Edeferioka who had nine points at the break, mostly from inside the paint. In the second half, Drexel adjusted and forced the Pride to shoot from the outside. Unfortunately, Hofstra was just 5-for-22 today on three-point shots.
“They were migrating like crazy when the ball was coming in,” Coach Kilburn-Staveskey explained when asked about the Drexel defense in the second half. “They were doubling and tripling…We didn’t get the ball inside enough.”
Part of Drexel’s plan on offense was to force Edeferioka outside to cover Jamila Thompson. “She doesn’t stay in the paint a lot,” Edeferioka said. “That put me out of position to help my team a lot on defense and to rebound.”
Thompson finished with 15 points, one of four Drexel players in double figures. Alexis Smith led the Dragons with 16 points while Sarah Curran added 14.
Offensively, Drexel was also more patient with their passes and was often able to find the open player for a quality shot.
Early in the second half, the Pride started to chip away at the Drexel lead. A three-point shot by Krystal Luciano with 13:47 left reduced the Dragon’s lead to one point at 38-37.
But Kelsi Lidge answered with a three-point shot for Drexel on their next possession to start a 12-0 run for the visitors that put the game out of reach.
The Pride showed great determination and pulled to within five points, but could get no closer.
“We have a really good ball team that can do a lot of damage come March,” Kilburn-Staveskey said. “We just need to be better at doing some things we’re not doing well right now.”
The loss dropped Hofstra to 12-6 on the season and 5-2 in the CAA. Hofstra returns to action Sunday when they visit William & Mary. Tip-off is scheduled for 2 pm. The ladies will return home on February 1 to take on the University of Delaware, with tip-off for the game set for 2:00 p.m.
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