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Evans leads Hofstra women past W & M

Junior forward Shante Evans had 22 points, 10 rebounds and hit a pair of free throws with 43 seconds left to give Hofstra the lead as the Pride earned a 100-97 victory over host William & Mary Sunday afternoon.

The double-double was the sixth in a row for Evans, who scored 15 of her points after the break. Junior forward Candace Bond clinched the win for the Pride when she nailed a jumper with seven seconds left for the final points of the game.

The 100 points marked the first time in Hofstra's Division I history that they have scored at least 100 points. Hofstra last reached the triple-digit plateau on Jan. 24, 1981, in a 100-51 victory.

The win improves Hofstra's record to 11-3 overall and 3-0 in the CAA, while William & Mary falls to 8-6 and 1-2 in conference action. Hofstra has won five of its last six games.

Hofstra trailed 59-50 at halftime but held the high-scoring Tribe to 38 points in the final 20 minutes.

William & Mary was led by Taysha Pye, who scored a game-high 32 points.

St. John's 72, Louisville 64: St. John's is finally healthy and starting to play like the team that was ranked in the preseason Top 25. Eugeneia McPherson scored 16 points and Nadirah McKenith had 15 to help the Red Storm upset the No. 14 Cardinals. Shenneika Smith added 11 points for the Red Storm (10-6, 2-1 Big East), which has won nine straight at home.

"It's very nice to have a lot more options out there," McPherson said. "All the pieces of the puzzle are together now and it makes it easier for each one of us."

Senior Da'Shena Stevens is still working her way back from an offseason injury to her left knee. Just when the Red Storm got her back, McKenith went down with a right knee injury. Now they are both back and that has translated into three straight wins and renewed confidence. "We talked about when we got them back, it's a new year, new season," St. John's coach Kim Barnes Arico said. "We know we're in a little bit of a hole, but hopefully we can impress the NCAA committee and win basketball games."

Becky Burke scored 19 points to lead Louisville (13-3, 2-1), which had won its last six games. -- AP

Albany 57, Stony Brook 32: Destiny Jacobs led the host Seawolves (4-12) with nine points in the America East matchup. Ebony Henry led Albany with 20 points and six rebounds as the Great Danes (9-7) shot 54.5 percent from the field. "Give Albany credit, they're a terrific basketball team and they showed it today," Stony Brook coach Beth O'Boyle said.

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