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Shante Evans gets 2,000 points

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

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

She’s done everything for Hofstra and is now in a class by herself.

Pride senior forward Shante Evans surpassed the 2,000-point plateau in Sunday’s 72-59 win over Georgia State at the Mack Sports Complex. Evans had 19 points and 11 rebounds in the win.

With 2,001 points, Evans is one of just seven players in CAA history to reach 2,000-points and one of two active players –Delaware's Elena Delle Donne is other. Next on the all-time CAA list is VCU’s Courtney Hurt (2008-2012) who’s sixth with 2,092 points.

"I was surprised,” said Evans, Hofstra's all-time leading scorer and rebounder. “I didn't think I was that close to it when I got it. It's always better to get it in a win. I've put in a lot of hard work over the last four years."

Evans lauded her teammates for help making the achievement possible. "Our offense found a flow,” she added. “We had a good inside outside game and we weren't forcing shots."

Hofstra not forcing shots is, in part, attributed to the play of sophomore guard Andreana Thomas, who had 13 assists in Sunday’s win. It was her fifth game of 10 or more assists this season.

“It was just a special moment, especially the fact that her family was watching back home,” Hofstra coach Krista Kilburn-Steveskey said in her post game interview.

Kilburn-Steveskey complimented Georgia State for allowing Hofstra to honor and celebrate Evans’ accomplishment. “It was crazy,” said the coach. “I didn’t know they were going to stop the [game] on somebody else’s court…I really appreciate that from Georgia State.”

Almost as important as Evans getting 2,000 points was Hofstra (11-11, 7-4 CAA) keeping pace with the rest of the CAA. The Pride is tied for third in the league with Old Dominion. It was the second straight road conference win for Hofstra, which hosts Drexel (16-6, 9-2) in a noon game on Thursday.

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