Shante Evans breaks Hofstra women's basketball career scoring record in win

Hofstra forward Shante Evans lines up her free Hofstra forward Shante Evans lines up her free throw during a game against Harvard in the postseason WNIT basketball game. (March 15, 2012) Photo Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

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A Hofstra record that had lasted for more than 30 years now belongs to Shante Evans.

The 6-foot senior forward set the Hofstra women's basketball career scoring record Sunday in the Pride's 67-53 victory over George Mason in Fairfax, Va.

Evans, who needed four points to break the record, scored 12 on 6-for-6 shooting, lifting her career total to 1,849. Her basket from the low left block with 11:12 left in the first half broke the record of 1,840 set by Dia LaBella Alberda, who played from 1978-82 and had praised and encouraged Evans last week.

"It's a relief that I don't have to worry about it anymore,'' said Evans, who became the program's all-time rebounding leader against Marist Nov. 28. "Now I'm trying to get 2,000. I was comfortable shooting the ball. In the past games, I was rushing some of my shots. Today I calmed down, and it paid off.''

Evans, who entered the game averaging 16.8 points, is on pace to become the first Hofstra woman to score 2,000 points. She leads all active Division I women's basketball players with 57 career double-doubles.

"It wouldn't be that fulfilling for Shante if we didn't get the win,'' Hofstra coach Krista Kilburn-Steveskey said, "and we're all proud of her and we'll celebrate it in front of our fans the next time we come home.''

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Sophomore Andreana Thomas scored 11 of her 18 points in the second half, freshman Asia Jackson added 12 points off the bench and Anma Onyeuku had 10 points for the Pride (7-7, 3-0 Colonial Athletic Association), which has won six straight games.

Amber Easter had 17 for George Mason (5-9, 0-3), which has lost four straight games.

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