Frontline setbacks cost Hofstra in loss to Drexel

Hofstra Pride forward Anma Onyeuku goes up for Hofstra Pride forward Anma Onyeuku goes up for the layup off a feed in the first half on Feb. 28, 2013. Photo Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan

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UPPER MARLBORO, Md. - It was not a good afternoon for Hofstra's two starting forwards in the quarterfinals of the Colonial Athletic Association women's basketball tournament.

Anma Onyeuku, the Pride's top scorer in regular-season play, was held to two points. Elo Edeferioka left the contest midway through the second half with a leg injury. And fifth-seeded Hofstra fell to fourth-seeded Drexel, 60-55, Friday at Show Place Arena in suburban Washington.

The Pride (14-15) had won both regular-season meetings by two points.

"As a coach, you can't make an excuse. That is why you have 13 players on the bench and try to go from there. It was unfortunate," Hofstra coach Krista Kilburn-Steveskey said of losing Edeferioka, a 6-3 freshman who exited with six points.

"It just made us want to compete a little harder," Hofstra's Alexis Carter said of losing Edeferioka with 12:56 to play.