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HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. – Junior Abby Rendle scored 16 points and was in double-figures for the fifth straight game, but it wasn’t enough to overcome a hot shooting Hofrsta team, as the William & Mary women’s basketball team fell on the road 75-45 on Sunday afternoon.
With the decision, the Tribe falls to 11-5, 2-3 in Colonial Athletic Association play, while Hofstra improves to 13-3, 4-1 in league action.
Rendle finished with seven rebounds, two blocks, and one assist. Junior Alexandra Masaquel was the only other Tribe player in double-figures finishing with 11 points. She added six rebounds in and played a team-high 32 minutes.
Hofstra came out of the gates on fire in the first quarter hitting their first six triples and building a lead to as many as 15 points. Crystal Luciano was the leader of the run hitting three triples in the stretch for nine points.
The second quarter was low scoring as each team each finished the stanza with nine points. The Pride took a 38-24 advantage into the locker room thanks in large part to shooting 50-percent (14-of-28) from the field and 58.3-percent from long range (7-of-12). In comparison, the Tribe shot just 31.3-pecent (10-of-32) from the field, and only hit one triple.
After the Tribe opened the second half with a triple, Hofstra used an 8-0 run to extend its lead to 19 points with 6:52 left in the third quarter. Ashunae Durant sparked the run with a layup, before Kelly Loftus hit a free throw. The run continued as Anjie White hit a layup, before Darius Faulk closed the run with two free throws.
The Pride finished the game shooting 50-percent from the floor (29-of-58), but cooled off from three point range and finished 9-of-23 for 39.1-percent. In comparison, W&M shot just 27.5-percent from the floor (19-of-69) from the floor, and only hit a pair treys.
Sophomore Jenna Green scored seven of the first nine points of the game for W&M. She finished the game with seven points, three assists, and a steal for the Green and Gold.
Luciano led three Pride players in double-figures with 21 points. Loftus added 12 points, while Janelle King-Gilchrist added 10 points off of the bench.
Next weekend, the Tribe returns to Williamsburg to take on UNCW on Friday. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. The Green and Gold will then head to Delaware on Sunday. Tipoff for that game is set for 2 p.m.