Hofstra lost significant firepower from last season’s squad, including two program greats in Shante Evans and Candace Bond.
It’s going to take a lot to replace them, especially Evans, Hofstra’s all-time leading scorer and rebounder. Bond also had a stellar career and was named CAA defensive player of the year last season.
But the Pride, picked sixth in the CAA preseason coaches poll, is fortunate to have senior forward Anma Onyeuku and junior guard Andreana Thomas back in the fold. Both were All-CAA second-team selections.
Thomas averaged 9.1 points and 3.6 rebounds and led the CAA in total assist (206) and dishes per game (6.6). Her experience running coach Krista Kilburn-Steveskey’s offense should keep the Pride competitive. Onyeuku had a solid junior season (9.4 points, 5.6 rebounds) and should be a double-figures performer this season.
Thomas and Onyeuku will get help from forwards Annie Payton (8.5 ppg, 2.1 reb) and Ruth Sherrill and guard Asia Jackson (4.8 ppg). Sydni Epps, Dee Thomas-Palmer and Alexis Carter all saw limited time last season and will be counted on for depth.
“We certainly have a big job ahead of us,” Kilburn-Steveskey said during CAA media day. “It’s going to be a collective effort. I think that’s what we’re instilling every day in practice. You don’t just try to replace one person of that kind of caliber…We do it collectively.”
Hofstra opens the season on Friday, Nov. 8 at Robert Morris.
CAA Women’s BB predicted order of finish
1. James Madison
7. College of Charleston
9. William & Mary