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Women's basketball looks to gain ground on CAA leaders with conference tilt v. Drexel

By Joe Pantorno (EDITOR-IN-CHIEF) Coming off a win against Georgia State on Sunday, Hofstra women's basketball enters Thursday just two games back of Drexel for third place in the CAA.

The Pride gets its shot against the Dragons at noon for a matinee that has huge conference implications as the CAA Tournament nears.

Kilburn-Steveskey and her team, with revenge on their minds after the Pride dropped a 59-53 decision to Drexel in Philadelphia on Jan. 17, have a packed house to play in front of as Hofstra celebrates "What I Want To Be Day," where thousands of children from local elementary and middle schools get to take in a game and learn about the local community.

"We've been doing this since before I got here," said Kilburn-Steveskey. "It's a great day for our team and the community and we're especially looking forward to it because this is our chance to get back at Drexel."

Coming off scoring her 2,000th career point, senior forward Shante Evans, who was limited to just 10 points and seven rebounds in the team's first meeting, knows the magnitude of this game.

"This is our revenge game and we know it," said Evans. "The Mack is going to be crazy, kids are going to be screaming, let's just hope that we can put on a good show for these kids coming out today."

Who to watch on Hofstra besides Shante Evans:

Anma Onyeuku: Nine straight games the junior forward has scored in the double-digits. Coming off 14 points against Georgia State, Onyeuku has provided a new option down low while sporting an ever improving mid-range game. Always hustling, she's very solid on both sides of the ball.

Annie Payton: Becoming a great spark off the bench while providing a threat from deep on offense, Payton will not only need to be on shooting, but she will need to use her speed to help the perimeter defense bear down against a good shooting Drexel team.

Who to watch on Drexel:

Hollie Mershon- She can play at the guard or forward position, he leads the CAA in scoring with 18.9 points per game, second in assists per game with 4.4 and ranks 11th in rebounding with 6.5 points per game.

Taylor Wootton- The senior forward averages 11.1 points per game, but ranks third in the conference shooting nearly 53% from the field. Very efficient and hard to stop down low, she will have her hands full with Evans and company.

What Hofstra needs to do win:

Be physical: Hofstra has played its fair share of tough conference games, establishing a presence down low early can deter Wootton and Mershon from being able to get going early. This will force them to take jumpers, though efficient, Hofstra will be happy allowing Drexel to shoot from the outside if they...

Bolster perimeter defense: Hofstra had a problem against Northeastern last week allowing their opponents to get good looks from downtown. Drexel, also an efficient shooting team will burn Hofstra all day if they can nab enough looks from three-point land.

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