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Clash of the local women: Hofstra vs. Stony Brook

You can literally throw out the records when Hofstra faces Stony Brook in women's basketball.

Hofstra came into Monday night's matchup as the more talented team with more depth and size. The Pride's size won out in the end as they outlasted Stony Brook, 67-61, at the Mack Sports Complex.

Hofstra coach Krista Kilburn-Steveskey didn't view the matchup of David vs. Goliath. Instead, she viewed it as a matchup between two local teams looking to make a name for themselves.

"We had a lot of memories from a couple of years ago when we got annihilated against them," Kilburn-Steveskey said. "I thought that was going to be motivation enough."

The last time the two met Stony Brook prevailed, 64-48.

 It was a game that featured two teams at opposite ends. Stony Brook (2-8) has been plagued by slow starts, while Hofstra (7-3) has had issues finishing games. Both programs experienced the same problems on Monday.

The scrappy Seawolves trailed by as many as 15 in the first half, but fought back and faced a 62-59 deficit with 39.6 seconds left.

Hofstra had the size with 6-5 senior Jess Fuller, 6-foot freshman Shante Evans and 6-2 Marie Malone. Fuller finished with 13 points, 14 rebounds and four blocks, Evans had 12 points and Malone had seven rebounds.

To the Seawolves credit, they didn't let Hofstra's size faze them. Stony Brook forwards Kirsten Jeter and Crystal Rushin finished with 14 and 11 points, respectively.  

Although Hofstra's size was an issue, it was another slow start that doomed the Seawolves. "We just couldn't score early on," said Stony Brook coach Michele Cherry, whose teamed trailed 19-4 with 10:44 left in the first half.

Slow starts have really done a number on the Seawolves this season.

Photo credit: Newsday / Joseph D. Sullivan

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