|Pride Survives Mobley's Career Outburst|
WILMINGTON, N.C. – Visiting Hofstra shot a blistering 61.1 percent from the floor in the second half to overcome a 24-point outburst by UNCW freshman Brie Mobley in a 64-55 victory over the Seahawks in a Colonial Athletic Association women’s basketball matchup Sunday at Trask Coliseum.
The Pride snapped a two-game losing streak to improve to 6-8 overall and 1-2 in the CAA. The Seahawks dropped their 13th in a row to fall to 1-15.
Senior guard Annie Payton paced Hofstra with 14 points and senior forward Anma Oneyuku registered a double-double of 12 points and 11 rebounds.
Mobley, a newcomer from Winter Haven, Fla., exploded for a career-high 24 points, eclipsing her previous career best of 20 points. She connected on 12-of-15 field goal attempts and was the lone Seahawk in double figures on the day.
Kelva Atkins, UNCW’s leading scorer at 16.1 ppg, finished with just six points on 2-of-13 shooting, well below her season average.
Hofstra inched out to a 29-27 lead at halftime and used a combination of efficient offense and tight defense to finally break away in the final three minutes. The Pride made 11-of-18 shots in the final period and held the Seahawks to35.5 percent during the span to secure their second road win in seven tries.
Hofstra scored the first two baskets of the second half to match its largest lead of eight points, 35-27, before the two teams traded buckets over the next six minutes. The Pride still led, 48-41, after Onyeuku’s layup with 11:53 remaining before Mobley scored twice and Ryan Flowers converted a layup to pull the Seahawks within 48-47 at 9:28.
Still clinging to a 51-49 edge with 7:30 left, the Pride gained some separation with a five-point spurt to build the lead back to seven points. Elo Edeferioka scored on a layup to cap a six-point rally that kicked off a 9-1 run that made the difference.
Hofstra recorded its largest lead of the game with 2:03 remaining when Payton sank a pair of free throws for a 60-50 margin.
Eight different players scored in the first half as Hofstra took a narrow 29-27 advantage into intermission behind Payton’s 12 points on 5-of-7 shooting. Mobley kept the Seahawks close with 12 points on her own on 6-of-7 from the floor as UNCW shot 50 percent from the floor.
In the early going, the Seahawks scored seven straight points to grab a 7-2 lead before Hofstra went on a 13-0 tear. Payton came off the bench to score seven points in the spurt, including a three-pointer from the left wing that capped the run and gave Hofstra a 15-7 cushion.
The Seahawks responded, however, by scoring 10 of the next 11 points to forge out to a 17-16 edge. Atkins sank a jumper on the right wing to help UNCW take a one-point advantage with 9:28 left in the first period.
Each team had 18 turnovers in the contest and Hofstra used an experienced front line to parlay a 30-14 advantage in the paint.
The Pride answered with a seven-point rally to jump back ahead 23-17 on Onyeuku’s layup before carrying a two-point lead into the break.
The Seahawks travel to defending CAA champion Delaware on Friday, Jan. 17, for a 7 p.m. contest. The Pride entertains CAA newcomer College of Charleston on Friday at Noon in Hempstead, N.Y.
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