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Hofstra women wins its eighth straight

Nicole Capurso dribbles over halfcourt in home game

Nicole Capurso dribbles over halfcourt in home game versus Hartford. December 22, 2010. Credit: Hofstra Athletic Department

While everyone has been admiring the Connecticut 89-game winning streak, Hofstra has been on a nice little run of its own.

The Pride ran away from Hartford, 65-51, at the Mack Sports Complex on Wednesday for its eighth straight win. Its Hofstra’s longest streak since winning 10 in a row during the 2006-2007 season.

It wasn’t the prettiest win, however, as the Pride fought through 28 turnovers and several missed opportunities on offense. But Pride coach Krista Kilburn-Steveskey was pleased her team fought through its problems on offense.

“I let my players play through this today,” Kilburn-Steveskey said. “I have a handy-dandy play sheet in my pocket. But for us to be good down the line, we’ve got to be able to handle some of this adversity.”

Hofstra broke it open early in the second half and led 41-21 with 15:32 left. Hartford cut it to 50-43 with 7:40 to go, but Shante Evans hit a layup and Aamira Terry added two free throws on the ensuing possession, sparking a 15-6 run that left the Pride up 65-49 with 2:50 left.

Evans led Hofstra (8-1) with 16 points and 11 rebounds,  Nicole Capurso added 11 points and Candace Bond chipped in 10 points.

It was the third game in five days for the Pride, which beat Albany, 90-60, on Monday.

“It was mental first, then physical,” Evans said in reference to a question about fatigue. “We just weren’t playing out game out there initially.”

As for the winning streak, Kilburn-Steveskey wasn’t ready to throw caution into the wind. “It’s great, but it’s early,” she said. “We want it down the road. Obviously it helps build steam. I describe it as a little bit of a locomotive. We’re building the team. The best is way yet to come.”

Hofstra will get another chance to show its mettle at the Maggie Dixon Surf ‘N Slam Classic in California next Tuesday. The Pride will square off against San Diego in one semifinal and face either Texas of Cincinnati on Thursday.

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