Women's basketball's conference woes continue with loss to Charleston
Hofstra’s women’s basketball team lost on the road to the College of Charleston Cougars 70-62 on Sunday, Feb. 3. The Pride was leading at halftime 35-34 and trailing 50-49 after three quarters, but was outscored 20-13 in the fourth quarter.
“We didn’t take advantage of punching them in the face when we could have,” said head coach Krista Kilburn-Steveskey.
This game was all about missed opportunities early on, as the Pride scored only six points on the 12 turnovers they caused in the first 20 minutes. They scored just 10 points overall on the 18 total turnovers caused.
“It just hurts all over because we left it on the table,” Kilburn-Steveskey said. “You gave someone a win that didn’t even earn it.”
Hofstra got off to a 5-0 start with a jump shot by Marianne Kalin 41 seconds in and on a three-pointer by Boogie Brozoski with 7:46 to go in the first quarter. Hofstra’s largest lead in the first 10 minutes was eight points before settling for a 20-16 lead after the first quarter.
After a layup by E’Lexus Davis to start the second, the Cougars went on a 7-0 scoring run to put themselves ahead 23-22. It was back and forth after that until the Pride went into halftime up by one. Kalin scored six of her 12 points in that quarter.
Although the Cougars had another 7-0 scoring run, this time in the third quarter, the back and forth action continued. The Cougars were up 64-60 after Davis sunk two free throws. However, a pair of free throws by guard Darien Huff and four free throws by Tyler Collins put Charleston ahead by 10 before the eventual 70-62 win.
“If you let somebody think they can hang around, they think they can play with you,” Kilburn-Steveskey said.
Brozoski put up 31 points for the Pride in this game, her second time scoring over 30 points in her last three games. Davis and Jaylen Hines recorded six and seven rebounds respectively. Brozoski also led the team with six rebounds.
For the Cougars, Huff tied a career high with 22 points, and forward Arynn Eady recorded her first career double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds. Deja Ford added 13 points for the Cougars, her 16th game of the season with double-digit points, and was a rebound shy of a double-double. Latrice Perkins led the team with a career-high six assists.
While the Pride beat the Cougars with points in the paint 30-24, they were outscored on turnovers 20-10, hindering their ability to take an effective lead at any moment in the game.
With the loss, the Pride drops to 7-14 on the season and 1-8 in CAA play. The Cougars improved to 2-7 in conference play and 6-14 overall.
Hofstra women’s basketball will be back in action on Friday, Feb. 8, when the Pride host Towson at 7 p.m.
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