Fifth-Seeded Hofstra Rallies to Capture 57-52 Win Over #4 Northeastern
UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (March 15, 2013) - Fifth-seeded Hofstra rallied from a seven-point halftime deficit and knocked off #4 Northeastern, 57-52, in the quarterfinals of the CAA Women's Basketball Championship, presented by Jani-King, on Friday afternoon.
The Pride (14-16) advances to the CAA semifinals for the first time since 2007, where they will face top-seeded Delaware at 2 p.m. on Saturday. Northeastern dropped to 17-13 with the loss.
Sophomore guard Andreana Thomas contributed a team-high 15 points and five assists for Hofstra, while senior forward Deven Green added 11 points in 17 minutes off the bench. Senior Shante Evans, the all-time leading rebounder in CAA history, grabbed 10 of her team-high 11 boards in the second half after being limited by first-half foul trouble. Freshman Asia Jackson tied a career-high with seven steals.
Northeastern was led by junior forward Jewell Tunstull, who recorded her sixth double-double of the season with 12 points and a game-high 17 rebounds. Guard A'lece Mark added 12 points and five assists, while backcourt mate Amencie Mercier scored 11 points.
Hofstra opened the second half on a 16-5 run after trailing 29-22 at intermission. A steal and layup by Jackson with 15:35 to go gave the Pride their first lead, 36-34, since the opening minute of the game. The Huskies battled back to tie the contest at 40-40 on a Tunstull layup with 11:47 left.
However, the Pride reeled off seven consecutive points as Thomas drained a three-pointer, Jackson converted a layup off a steal and Alexis Carter hit a baseline jumper to put Hofstra ahead to stay, 47-40, with 8:29 remaining.
The Huskies closed to within 51-49 on a Mercier three-pointer with 3:02 to go, but a jumper by Evans and a pair of Candace Bond free throws pushed the Pride advantage back to six. NU's Kashaia Cannon hit a three-pointer to make it a one-possession game, 55-52, with 13 seconds left, but Thomas sealed the victory by converting a pair of free throws a second later.
Northeastern led for the majority of the first half and took advantage of Evans going to the bench with two fouls at the 15:59 mark. The Huskies scored seven straight points after Evans' departure, taking a 12-3 lead on a Mark layup with 13:41 to go. The Pride battled back to within 17-14 on a steal and layup by Jackson midway through the period, but the Huskies slowly pulled away again and led 29-22 at the break. Mark finished with nine first-half points, while Tunstull had eight rebounds as the Huskies had a 26-14 advantage on the glass.
Hofstra shot 38.9% from the floor for the game and came up with 11 steals defensively. Northeastern made only 30.3% from the floor, including 9-of-35 (25.7%) in the second half. The Huskies finished with a 49-39 advantage on the glass, but were hurt by 19 turnovers.
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