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WBB: Is Hofstra ready for the big time?

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

Is time for the Hofstra women to be taken seriously on the national level? After an awe-inspiring win over St. John’s in its home opener and wins over Kansas State and Drake in Mexico, it just might be time.

Hofstra (4-1) has shown it has the depth and the talent on both sides of the ball to be a player on the national scene this season. The early season tests aren’t over yet. The Pride still has a home game against Seton Hall on Thursday and a road game at Hartford on December 7. Seton Hall (3-2) is off to a respectable start with closes losses to Michigan and Alabama.

Hartford is 4-1 and has only lost to Notre Dame.

If there’s one hitch, it could be Candice Bellocchio. The senior point guard got hurt in Friday’s win over Drake. It’s not yet known how serious the injury is. It's worth noting that Bellocchio got hurt six minutes into the game and the Pride still won by 10. But even if Bellocchio is gone for an extended stretch, Pride coach Krista Kilburn-Steveskey has enough depth to get by.

But proof is in the pudding. And we’ll find out on Thursday night if the Pride are ready for the big time.

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