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WBB: Hofstra catches ESPN's eye

Hofstra University #2 Candace Bond dribbles downcourt in

Hofstra University #2 Candace Bond dribbles downcourt in the first half of an NCAA women's basketball game vs. Princeton University at Mack Sports Complex. (Dec. 29, 2011) Photo Credit: James Escher

The Hofstra women’s team is moving up in the world.

ESPN’s women’s basketball analyst Charlie Crème has the Pride women as the No. 10 seed in his first “Bracketology” of the 2011-2012 season. Crème has Hofstra (11-3, 3-0 CAA) squaring off against No.7 Oklahoma in the first round, with the winner facing either Kentucky or South Dakota State in the second round.

“You’re hoping everything you’ve instilled in them the last few years comes to fruition,” Hofstra coach Krista Kilburn-Steveskey said during a conference call on Wednesday.

Wins over St. John’s, Kansas State and Marist and close losses to Gonzaga and Princeton have clearly won over some of the national media contingent. Five of Hofstra’s opponents –Delaware, Gonzaga, Kansas State, Marist, Princeton– were included in Crème’s “Bracketology”.

Does Kilburn-Steveskey believe her team, fresh off a 100-97 win over CAA foe William & Mary, is where it needs to be? “We’re right there on the cusp,” said Kilburn-Steveskey. “We’re right there, but we need to keep focus.”

Hofstra hosts Georgia State on Thursday and travels to Old Dominion on Sunday.


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