Hofstra wins CAA quarterfinal; Dowling wins NCAA Tournament opener

Hofstra's Candace Bond looks for a shot. (Dec. Hofstra's Candace Bond looks for a shot. (Dec. 1, 2012) Photo Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy

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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.

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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."

 

Dowling advances

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.

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