Hofstra wins CAA quarterfinal; Dowling wins NCAA Tournament opener
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Hofstra found itself in an early hole in its CAA quarterfinal game against Northeastern Friday.
In addition to facing a seven-point halftime deficit, leading scorer and rebounder Shante Evans was saddled with foul trouble.
Hofstra overcame its adversity and rallied for a 57-52 women's basketball win over Northeastern (17-13) and will face top-seeded Delaware in a semifinal Saturday at 2 p.m.
"We were a little bit starstruck in the first half," Pride coach Krista Kilburn-Steveskey said. "We were playing hard, but not necessarily at our best."
Andreana Thomas led Hofstra (14-16) with 15 points, five rebounds and five assists and Deven Green had 11 points.
Evans, an All-CAA first-team selection, finished with six points and 11 rebounds in just 22 minutes and Candace Bond, named the CAA defensive player of the year, had nine points and nine rebounds.
Freshman Asia Jackson had seven steals for Hofstra.
Despite Evans' foul trouble, Kilburn-Steveskey thought her team played a complete game. "It certainly wasn't the way we'd drawn it up, having [Evans] only play four minutes in the first half," the coach said. "But great teams figure out a way to win. And they really, really did it together."
Danielle Wilson had 23 points and 22 rebounds as 10th-ranked Dowling topped NYIT, 62-51, in an NCAA Tournament Division II first-round game at Bentley University in Waltham, Mass.
Connie Simmons chipped in 15 points and Christine Verrelle had 11 points and eight rebounds as Dowling (26-3) celebrated the program's first NCAA Tournament win.
The Golden Lions will play Stonehill in a second-round game Saturday at 5 p.m.
Nikki Jo Rotolo had 16 points and Charlene Riddick 11 points for NYIT (23-6), which made its first NCAA Tournament appearance.