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Junior Alexandra Masaquel had a career-game scoring a career and game-high 24 points, but a 27-point third quarter led visiting Hofstra to 61-53 victory at Kaplan Arena on Friday night.
With the decision, the Tribe falls to 13-10, 4-8 in Colonial Athletic Association play, while the Pride improves to 18-5, 9-3 in league action.
Masaquel added nine rebounds, one assist, one block, and three steals as she just missed her sixth double-double of the season. She was lone Tribe player in double-figures, but both sophomore Jenna Green and freshman Ali Engelhardt finished with six points apiece off of the bench.
After a back-and-forth first quarter, the Tribe found themselves down 11-8. However, Engelhardt was able to complete a traditional three-point play, to tie the score 11-11 after one.
Leading 24-21, W&M closed the first half on a 6-0 run, building its largest lead of the game. Senior Brooke Stewart opened the run with a triple, before Green buried a jumper, and Englehardt hit a free throw, giving W&M a 30-21 halftime lead.
It was the 13th game this season that the Green and Gold led at the break. W&M shot 37.9-percent (11-of-29) from the field in the first half, while limiting the Pride to just 29.6-percent from the field (8-of-27).
Hofstra busted out of the gates with a 13-0 run to open the third quarter. Anjie White started the rally with four straight points, before Darius Faulk hit a layup to bring it to a three-point game. Ashuane Durant scored five points sandwiched around a Kelly Loftus jumper, building the Pride lead out 36-30.
The Pride built their lead to as many as 12-points in the third quarter, and end the stanza with a 48-36 lead. Hofstra shot 66.7-percent (8-of-12) in the quarter, and never relinquished the lead.
W&M answered with the first six points of the fourth quarter, cutting the Pride lead in half. Masaquel opened frame with a jumper followed by freshman Bianca Boggs and sophomore Latrice Hunter, who made her first start of the season, hitting four consecutive free throws bringing the score to 48-42.
The Tribe never gave up, and was able to bring the score within two possessions four times in the game’s final period. The closest, the Tribe reached was four points with 30 seconds left after Green hit two free throws.
For the sixth time this season, the Tribe forced its opponent into 20 turnovers as the Pride turned it over 20 times on 10 W&M steals. Masaquel led the Green and Gold with three thefts, while junior Marlena Tremba, sophomore Jeanne Gaumont, and Green each finished with two steals.
Durant led the Pride with her seventh double-double of the season on 21 points and 12 rebounds. She added three blocks and two assists. White also had a double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds, adding four blocks, an assist, and a steal. As a team, Hofstra finished the game with 10 rejections.
The college closes out its weekend home stand by hosting Delaware on Valentine’s Day, Sunday, Feb. 14. Tipoff between the Tribe and Blue Hens is set for 2 p.m.