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Hofstra women roll to fifth straight win

Hofstra University junior / starting guard #10 Candice

Hofstra University junior / starting guard #10 Candice Bellocchio dribbles upcourt during women's basketball team practice held at Mack Sports Complex, located on campus. (Nov. 4, 2010) Credit: James Escher

Hofstra junior guard Candice Bellocchio

The beauty of flying under the radar is that you can sneak up on sleeping opponents.

The Hofstra women's team, a 96-69 winner over Niagara on Thursday night, is beginning to move beyond that stage. 

Super sophomore Shante Evans had 25 points, 13 rebounds and two blocks. Kate Loper added 19 points in the win. That wasn't it for Hofstra as Anma Onyeuku had 13 points and Candice Bellocchio added 10.

So how good can this team be? The Pride (5-1) has made short work of its opponents this season. There was a 23-point win over St. Peter's, an 84-72 win over Stony Brook and an 89-73 win over Farfield.

Hofstra's biggest win to date as an 80-76 win over Providence. It's not often that Hofstra takes down a Big East team.

The Pride's next four games are non-conference affairs against vulnerable opponents. Hofstra plays at Seton Hall and Albany on December 18 and 20. After that the Pride hosts Hofstra and is then on the road against San Diego.

A 9-1 start before its first CAA game against Delaware on Jan. 2 is not out of the question.



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