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WBB: Hofstra off to record start in CAA

Hofstra University #22 Nicole Capurso, left, tries to

Hofstra University #22 Nicole Capurso, left, tries to drive past Princeton University #3 Lauren Polansky in the first half. (Dec. 29, 2011) Credit: James Escher

You have to figure the Hofsra women are feeling really good about themselves following Thursday’s 80-67 win over Georgia State. If they were feeling good, there is good reason to.

The Pride (12-3, 4-0 CAA) is off to its best league start since joining the CAA. Add that to impressive wins over St. John’s, Kansas State and Marist and the Pride could be on the AP radar on Sunday night. Of course Hofstra has to face traditional conference heavyweight Old Dominion on Sunday.

Old Dominion (5-11, 2-2) is struggling, but Pride coach Krista Kilburn-Steveskey said her team knows better than to look past anyone these days. “We’re taking it like we always should, one game at a time,” Kilburn-Steveskey said of Thursday’s win over Georgia State.

Even the prospect of her team making history with its 4-0 league start shouldn’t be a signal to take the foot off the gas pedal. “They’ll take 45 minutes to enjoy this win and go to bed,” said the coach. “That’s how they’re programmed.”

The lesson of not getting ahead of things was driven home after the Pride’s season-opening loss at Gonzaga. Kilburn-Steveskey said her squad didn’t take too kindly to that loss.

“That loss knocked us back pretty hard,” said Kilburn-Steveskey. “We had seven months to prepare for it.”

If it was truly a lesson learned, expect to see a fired up Hofstra team in Old Dominion on Sunday at 3 p.m.

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