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WBB: Loss won't stop Hofstra

Hofstra University #22 Nicole Capurso, left, looks to

Hofstra University #22 Nicole Capurso, left, looks to get past Princeton University #24 Niveen Rasheed in the first half. (Dec. 29, 2011) Credit: James Escher

Hofstra’s non-conference season ended on a bit of a down note as the Pride came up short, 74-69, to two-time defending Ivy League champion Princeton on Thursday night.

But no one in the Hofstra camp is feeling down. Wins over St. John’s, Kansas State, Seton Hall and Marist has the Pride (9-3) feeling good about their chances to excel in the CAA.

“We have done way too many good things and have a lot of season left to let anything down,” said Pride coach Krista Kilburn-Steveskey. “We’re definitely going to learn. We definitely grew and have gotten better as a team.”

Hofstra’s only losses were to Gonzaga, Hartford and Princeton –three perennial NCAA Tournament teams that are expected to make the tournament again.

“We played all these teams not to be down heading into the conference, which we’re not,” Kilburn-Steveskey added. “We play all these games to be ready for conference. We really took one on the chin tonight. It’s a little sour place because we didn’t play well.”

Next up for Hofstra is a home date with Drexel on January 5. Kilburn-Steveskey is convinced her squad is ready to deal with a tough CAA schedule, which includes two dates with No.19 Delaware and games against Towson and VCU.

Said Kilburn-Steveskey: “Princeton would be one of the best teams in our league up there with Delaware, so we certainly know what we need to do to be ready for Drexel to come into our house next week.”

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