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Pride women lose, but outlook still positive

Hofstra's Shante Evans drives to the basket. (Dec.

Hofstra's Shante Evans drives to the basket. (Dec. 1, 2012) Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy

No one should be shedding any tears over Hofstra’s 59-53 loss at Drexel on Thursday night. Considering where the Pride stood six weeks ago –they got off to a 1-7 start– losing by six points to the CAA’s first place squad might be considered something positive.

Most teams that start a season 1-7 might pack it in, but Hofstra rebounded and won six straight before Thursday night’s loss. The vibes gained from the winning streak were definitely a positive, but Pride coach Krista-Kilburn Steveskey wanted the win.

“We had a great opportunity,” said the coach. “We know what the problems are. We’re a much better rebounding team than we’ve shown.”

After such a great stretch, the Pride has a lot to look forward to.

In addition to the play of Shante Evans (16.1 ppg, 10.5 reb), who became the program’s all-time leading scorer last week, and sophomore guard Andreana Thomas (9.3 ppg, 5.6 ast) and several others, Hofstra (7-8, 3-1 CAA) has gotten solid production from Anma Onyeuku (9 ppg, 5.1 reb), Annie Payton (8.6 ppg) and defensive wiz Candace Bond (6.8 ppg, 3.3 stl).

Freshman guard Asia Jackson has also had a positive impact. “Good teams have players step up and we just need to get ready for ODU on Sunday,” said Steveskey.

Part of Hofstra’s early success in the CAA can be attributed to a tough-as-nails non-conference schedule that included games against Texas, St. John’s Marist, Princeton, Harvard and Auburn.

After Sunday’s home tilt against Old Dominion, the Pride is at James Madison on Jan. 27, home against George Mason on Jan. 31 and at Delaware on Feb. 3. It could be a make-or-break stretch for Hofstra.

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