CHARLESTON, S.C. – Senior Afreyea Tolbert (Teaneck, N.J.) registered her ninth double-double of the season with 14 points and a game-high 13 rebounds to lead College of Charleston to a regular-season series sweep of Hofstra, 87-74, on Sunday afternoon at TD Arena.
The Cougars (13-12, 6-6 CAA) used a balanced scoring attack as freshman Jasmine Carter (Lexington, N.C.) came off the bench and knocked down a career-high 19 points followed by senior Alyssa Frye (Chester, Va.) with 18 and junior Jazz Green (Darlington, S.C.) with 14.
The Pride (10-12, 5-6 CAA) started off the game on a 7-3 run and led by as many as four on a made three-pointer by Annie Payton at the 17:05 minute mark.
After four ties within the next 10-minute stretch, CofC scored eight consecutive points, including a layup by Tolbert with 6:06 remaining in the half, 28-20, and never looked back.
The Pride (10-12, 5-6 CAA) committed 23 turnovers, 16 in the first half alone, which led to 31 points for Charleston. It was the Cougars’ third-highest scoring game of the season (87 points).
Hofstra’s Payton turned in a game-high 27 points and Anma Onyeuku, a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds in the loss.
Both teams were battling for positioning in the CAA standings with four games remaining before postseason tournament play. CofC is now in fourth place with a 6-6 league record and five games back of current leader James Madison (10-0). Hofstra is in fifth at 5-6.
The Cougars will travel next for a first-time CAA meeting with UNCW (3-23, 2-10 CAA) on Thursday, Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. (ET) in Wilmington, N.C.
· With the win, College of Charleston claimed the regular-season series sweep over Hofstra and remains an undefeated 2-0 in the all-time series with the Pride. The Cougars previously picked up their first-ever CAA road win at Hofstra (62-59) on Jan. 17.
· Senior Afreyea Tolbert recorded her ninth double-double of the season with 14 points and a game-high 13 rebounds against Hofstra. She is currently on a team-best 10-game double-digit scoring streak.
· Freshman Jasmine Carter registered a career-high 19 points off the bench, which marked her fourth double-figure scoring game of the season.
· CofC made 12 steals in the ballgame behind a season-best five from senior Jillian Brown. It was the 13th time this season for the Cougars to make 10-or-more in a contest.
· The Cougars have now scored more than 80 points in a game for the sixth time this season. Charleston’s 87 points tied as its third-highest total of the year next to an 87-point outing against Kennesaw State on Nov. 8. It was also the first time Hofstra gave up 80-or-more points to an opponent entering the contest as the CAA’s fourth-best scoring defense (62.8 ppg).
College of Charleston Head Coach Natasha Adair
On the Breast Cancer Awareness game …
“First of all, it was a good win, not only for us, but for a great cause. It was our Pink game supporting breast cancer awareness and research. When we can come out in front of our fans and perform the way that we did today for a great cause, I’m very proud of that. It’s February and this is the time of year where teams either break or they come together. That’s one thing we keep on stressing to our team. It’s a long season. For our freshman, this is new. For our seniors, in three months they will be thinking about their future. We just want them to hone in on all of their hard work and what they have been doing from the summer until now. We just want to play our best basketball as we head into March.”
On being a dangerous team offensively when Afreyea Tolbert and Alyssa Frye are on fire …
“They have the green light. On any given night, you can have a bad night. But, we talk to them about doing other things. If you are not shooting well, you can be a very good rebounder, you can take charges or you can make the hustle plays. That was one of the keys of the game for us tonight. We had to get off to a good start defensively. In the last couple of games, our defense has been slacking a little bit. We wanted to come out and establish who we are defensively. I thought we did that beautifully tonight.”
College of Charleston Senior Guard Afreyea Tolbert
On the team’s mindset heading into the final home stretch of the CAA regular season…
“This is the part of the season where you have to come together as a team and gel. As the regular season comes to an end, we just have to keep playing hard. We are focusing on finishing. Finishing everything. Finishing plays defensively and offensively. We know it will come down to the hustle plays.”