Hofstra wins tight home game against North Carolina Central

Hempstead, NY – Led by a graduate student’s 13-point excursions Rosie Nicholson and jr Allied KnightsThe Hofstra women’s basketball team posted a 69-60 home win over North Carolina Central Friday afternoon at the David S. Mack Sports and Exhibition Complex.

Along with Nicholson and Knights, Sr Sorella Ineza scored 11 points in the Pride’s first win of the season. Knights added five assists and five rebounds while in college Schnapps Thomas pulled down 10 rebounds and recorded four steals. In addition to her 13 points, Nicholson grabbed seven rebounds for the Pride.

The lead changed hands four times in the early stages of the first quarter before a Nicholson-Trey at 3:54 gave the Pride a lead they would never give up. Hofstra ended the quarter with a free throw from Junior Janaia Fargoa pair of freshman free throws Emma from Essenand a late layup from sophomore Zaniyyah Ross-Barnes Hofstra increased by five at the end of the quarter.

The Pride extended their lead to 11 in the first three minutes of the second quarter, but the Eagles (1-4) scored seven unanswered points to cut the Hofstra lead to four with 5:46 before halftime. Hofstra and North Carolina Central traded points later in the quarter, with Hofstra twice taking an eight-point lead at the stretch. A three-pointer from North Carolina Central with two seconds remaining put the hosts 31-26 at halftime.

The Eagles cut Hofstra’s lead to two with the first three points of the third quarter, but Hofstra went on a nearly five-minute 12-0 run with 11 of the points coming from Eagle turnovers to jump to a 14-point lead, before the guests ended the goal drought with two free throws. Hofstra’s hot scoring continued with a Knights three and a Nicholson layup, giving Hofstra his biggest lead of the game with 17 points in the last two minutes of the quarter. North Carolina Central cut Hofstra’s lead to 12 with seven of eight points – all free throws – but Von Essen drilled a three-pointer when the clock ran out to put the Pride 52-37 ahead.

The Pride’s lead was reduced to nine as North Carolina Central scored six straight points to open the fourth quarter, but a three-point game by the freshman Alarice Gooden sparked a 12-0 run for the Pride and extended Hofstra’s lead to 21 with 6:28 left after a Knights three-pointer. The Eagles came within six points of the Pride on a 17-2 run with the last five minutes, but a Knights free throw and two Gooden baskets from the charity line sealed Hofstra’s nine-point win.

Kimeira Burks scored a game-high 21 points for the Eagles while Blessing Okoh had 14 points in the contest.

Hofstra hosts Alliance University on Wednesday, November 23 at 4:00 p.m. Visit HofstraTickets.com to purchase tickets online or call (516) HOF-TIXX for more information.

-This was the first ever meeting on the square between Hofstra and North Carolina Central.
-Hofstra shot 34.9 percent (22-63) from the floor, limiting North Carolina Central to 28.6 percent (16-55).
-Hofstra had 34 points from turnovers and only allowed 12 for the Eagles.
-Hofstra’s bench scored 21 points while North Carolina Central’s bench was limited to just six points.