WILMINGTON, North Carolina – Senior guard Darius Faulk scored five of her 10 points in the fourth quarter as Hofstra used a late 10-0 run to rally past UNCW for a 68-64 Colonial Athletic Association victory at Trask Coliseum on Friday afternoon.
The Pride, which earned its fifth win in the last six games, upped its record to 12-3 overall and 3-1 in the CAA. Meanwhile, the Seahawks dropped to 5-10 overall and 1-3 in the league after losing for the fourth time in the last five games.
Faulk scored all five of her fourth quarter points during the game-deciding run to lead the Pride to the victory. She also contributed six rebounds with two assists and two blocked shots.
Sophomore forward Ashunae Durant and junior guard Kelly Loftus each tallied 21 points for Hofstra, combining to make 17 of 28 shots from the floor. Durant, who was 9-for-11 from the field, also grabbed a team-high eight rebounds while Loftus converted 8 of 17 field goal attempts, including a 3-for-6 effort from three-point range.
Senior guard Shatia Cole paced UNCW in the loss by scoring a season-high 23 points, including 17 points in the first half. She made 9 of 16 shots from the field, including a 2-for-3 performance from long range, with three rebounds and two assists.
Sophomore center Rebekah Banks set a career high with 16 points with eight rebounds while junior guard Naqaiyyah Teague contributed 14 points with three rebounds and three assists.
How It Happened: Trailing by a 61-58 margin with 3:09 left, the Pride scored 10 straight points to reclaim a 68-61 advantage with 13 seconds remaining. After Durant trimmed the deficit to 61-60 on a jumper with 2:24 remaining, Faulk scored five straight points over a 26-second span to give Hofstra a 65-61 edge.
#SeahawkStats: The game was played in front of 3,639 fans, including nearly 3,000 elementary school students as part of the “Seahawks Tomorrow” series … Hofstra has won six of the last seven meetings against UNCW and leads the all-time series by a 16-13 margin … Cole became the first UNCW player to score 20 points in a game this season … She also recorded her fifth double-digit scoring effort in the last six games and reached the 20-point mark for the eighth time in her college career … Cole now needs seven points to reach 1,000 for her career between UNCW and Coastal Carolina … After being held scoreless against Towson on Sunday, Teague earned her eighth double-digit scoring performance in the last 10 games … The Seahawks had three players score in double figures for the seventh time in 15 games this year … Hofstra, which entered the game averaging just 13.0 turnovers per game, committed 19 miscues against the Seahawks, who scored 23 points off those turnovers … UNCW scored 32 of its 64 points in the paint … Hofstra outrebounded UNCW by a 34-25 margin … The Pride shot a season-high 55.6 percent from the field, which is also the highest mark allowed by the Seahawks this season … There were six ties and eight lead changes.
What’s Ahead for the Seahawks:
Sunday, Jan. 17 vs. College of Charleston • 2 p.m. • Trask Coliseum, Wilmington, N.C.
Friday, Jan. 22 at William & Mary • 7 p.m. • Kaplan Arena, Williamsburg, Va.
Tuesday, Jan. 26 at Elon • 7 p.m. • Alumni Gym, Elon, N.C.