Hofstra (6-9) – bolstered by a raucous home crowd – knocked down the first two shots of the game to take an early 4-0 lead less than a minute in to the game. With the Hofstra faithful in delirium, the Cougars quickly came roaring back, using strong defense and timely shooting to tie the game at 7-7 with 13:34 left in the first.
Both teams struggled from the field throughout the intense, evenly-played first half, but with the Cougars down seven late in the opening twenty, it was junior Erin Hall who made the difference, coming off the bench to knock down three-straight jump shots – including a deep trey with just 21 seconds left – to give the Cougars the momentum and close the halftime deficit to just one.
In the second half, the Cougars continued to scratch and claw their way, trading baskets with the Pride time and time again, until a transition three-pointer from Frye gave the College its first lead of the game at 41-40 with 13:32 to go. Hofstra freshman Elo Edeferioka, put the Pride back on top the following possession, but a put-back basket by junior Mikaela Hopkins the next time down gave the Cougars a 43-42 lead they would not relinquish.
After a layup by Tolbert gave the Cougars an eight point lead with 6:37 to go, the Pride crept back in to the game, closing the CofC advantage to just one with 2:19 to go.
A clutch basket by freshman Jasmine Carter gave the College a three-point lead with 1:25 left and Jill Brown hit three of four free-throws late to seal the game and move the Cougars to 2-1 in the CAA.
The Pride were led on the night by Annie Payton’s 15-points and Elo Edeferioka’s 14-point, 14-rebound double-double.
Next up for the Cougars is the second-leg of their northeast road swing against Northeastern University on Sunday, in Boston, MA. at 2 p.m.
• Friday’s victory marks the first conference win on the road for the Cougars in the Colonial Athletic Association.
• After being put in to the bonus with just over nine minutes remaining, the Cougars shot 8-11 from the charity stripe to help seal the victory
• On pace to break the record for the most field goal attempts in a season, the Cougars hoisted another 76 shots on Friday, tying a 11/27/01 performance against Davidson for the sixth most all-time.
• Alyssa Frye’s two three-pointers move her ahead of Natalie Seel (1990-94) to second on the program’s all-time career three-pointers made mark. Frye has 192 treys since the 2010 season.
• Jill Brown became the first player in the history of the CofC women’s hoops program to surpass the 500 career assist mark. Brown now has 501 career dimes.
• Erin Hall’s 14-point performance marks her second-highest points total for the Cougars since transferring to Charleston from Wake Forest.
• Senior Afreyea Tolbert now has four point/rebound double-doubles this season; the third most in the CAA.
• The Cougars took 21 more shots than the Pride on Friday (76-55), the highest discrepancy in attempts this year for the Cougars who forced another 15 turnovers.
• The Cougars 23 offensive rebounds marks the fourth time this season that the Cougars have had 20+ o-boards. The College had 26 against Winthrop earlier this season.
POST GAME QUOTES:
College of Charleston Head Coach Natasha Adair:
On her team’s first CAA road victory…
“It was a great conference win! It was a game of runs. We talked about toughness and focus for forty minutes. We got key stops down the stretch and we had players step up. Erin (Hall) and Mikaela (Hopkins) were game changers tonight. Jill (Brown) is our glue and her poise at the end helped seal the deal. I’m very happy for our players, coaches and support staff. We gutted out a quality conference win.”
College of Charleston junior guard Erin Hall:
On winning as a team…
“This was a great team win. We stayed focused for forty minutes, played together and made good decisions with the ball. Road games are tough, but we did more and gave more to get this win – that made all the difference.”
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