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Fuller, Jenkins lead Hofstra women past Stony Brook

At least Stony Brook made it interesting. The Seawolves refused to go away, battling Hofstra down to the wire. But they were just too undisciplined and ice cold from behind the arc to eke out an upset.

Behind 13 points and 14 rebounds by Jess Fuller and Asia Jenkins' 13 points, the Pride extended its home winning streak to four with a 67-61 win last night in a women's basketball game at Mack Sports Complex.

A three-pointer by Cassie Klockgether pulled Stony Brook to within 62-59 with 39.6 seconds left. But the Seawolves missed their next two threes.

It wasn't the prettiest of games for the Pride, which allowed Stony Brook to hang around after taking a 38-26 halftime lead.

"We never put them away . . . a credit to them," Hofstra coach Krista Kilburn-Steveskey said. "But you do take the wins. We're a much better team than we've shown the last four games."

Fuller, who entered the game with 133 blocks, had four to surpass Diane Leonard (134) for second on Hofstra's all-time list.

It was Hofstra's first game without sophomore forward Joelle Connelly, who left the school for personal reasons, according to Kilburn-Steveskey. Connelly, the Colonial Athletic Association's Rookie of the Year last season, averaged 3.2 points and 3.7 rebounds in nine games this season, compared with 9.1 points and 6.2 rebounds per game last year.

But even without Connelly, the Pride was able to put away a Stony Brook team that repeatedly killed its own momentum with turnovers and poor shooting.

Stony Brook used an 8-2 run to get within 38-32 early in the second half. And as Hofstra, which led by 15 in the first half, tried to pull away, the Seawolves went on a 6-1 run, sparked by two Kirsten Jeter baskets and a Gerda Gatling drive with 12:30 left.

A Crystal Rushin fast-break layup and a Misha Horsey drive pulled Stony Brook within 53-50, the closest the team had been since Joia Daniels' drive cut the Seawolves' deficit to 4-2 with 17:33 left in the first half.

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