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Hofstra stops William & Mary to advance to CAA semifinal

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. - Forward Anjie White tied career highs with 17 points and 12 rebounds and guard Krystal Luciano scored a season-high 16 points to lift Hofstra to a 64-51 victory over William & Mary in a Colonial Athletic Association quarterfinal Friday night at Show Place Arena.

In the semifinals, third-seeded Hofstra (19-11) will take on seventh-seeded Delaware (15-16), which has won two games in two days after playing in the first round and upsetting second-seeded Drexel, 55-48, in an earlier quarterfinal.

The Pride and Blue Hens will square off at 3:30 p.m. Saturday in a game televised locally on SNY. Hofstra lost its two regular-season meetings against Delaware.

Hofstra advanced to the CAA semifinals for the second time in three seasons and fourth time since joining the conference in the 2001-02 season.

White posted a double-double in a CAA Tournament game for the first time, with 12 of the points coming in the second half. Luciano tied a career high with nine rebounds.

Freshman forward Ashunae Durant, named the CAA's Rookie of the Year, added 12 points and six rebounds. Forward Elo Edeferioka supported White in the frontcourt with six points and five rebounds.

Tough Pride defense forced sixth-seeded William & Mary (15-15) into a rough shooting night. The Tribe connected on 19 of 60 shots from the floor (31.7 percent) and 6 of 19 three-pointers (31.6 percent).

White's free throws and high-arching jumper were part of a 6-0 run for Hofstra as the Pride went ahead 39-24 early in the second half. The Tribe got within 12 at the final media timeout, cutting Hofstra's lead to 56-44.

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