Pride edges out Seahawks in CAA first round

PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania – Eighth-seeded Hofstra escaped Daskalakis Athletic Center with a narrow 46-45 victory over the No. 9 Seahawks that ended in the final buzzer of the 2022 Colonial Athletic Association Women’s Basketball Championship presented by Primis on Thursday afternoon.

The Pride (8-19) beat the Seahawks for the third time this season and then faced top-ranked Drexel in the CAA quarterfinals on Friday. UNCW ends its season at 3-26 overall.

Hofstra was led by third-team All-CAA Jaylen Hines’ seventh double-double of the season with 22 points and 11 rebounds. The Clinton, Md. product scored 15 of 22 in the second half.

UNCW was paced by a graduate guard Allie Best’s 14 of 4 of 9 points from three point range. Joining the double-digit Marist transfer was another graduate guard Sierra DaCosta with 11 points.

With the game tied, 43 all, with 66 seconds left, Hofstra’s Sorelle Ineza sank a triple to put the pride in front, 46-43. After a timeout, Best cashed in a floater on the left glass to cut the deficit to one with 38.8 ticks to go.

Pride beat the Seahawks press, but Micah Hoggatt intercepted a pass in the air to give the Seahawks possession with 12.8 seconds left and a chance to win. The Pride then used their team’s final two fouls, setting up an inbound play for the Seahawks with two seconds on the clock.

Second year guard Mary McMillan received Best’s inbound rebound pass but was met by All-CAA Defensive team member Rosi Nicholson, who forced McMillan to take a lopsided three that was out of place as Pride qualified for the CAA quarter-finals.

Hofstra had 10 unanswered points in the first three minutes of play, but the Seahawks responded with six straight points to cut the deficit to four points on two jumpers per center. Asia Henderson with one minute left in the first quarter.

Trailing 17-9 with 6:20 remaining before halftime, the Seahawks went on a 12-1 run and took their first lead, 21-18, on a best triple off the top of the key with 1 :48 on the lock. Pride responded with the final five points of the period and took a slim 23-21 advantage at intermission.

The Seahawks were in trouble again in the third period when Pride converted six free throws in an 8-0 push before UNCW closed out the third-period final 2:17 with five straight runs, including a glass runner. right by McMillan, to equalize. , 35 all, entering the last quarter.

The fourth act started with a mid-range jumper DaCosta and the best trifecta, but Pride roared with six runs, all by Hines, to take a 41-40 lead with 4:20 on the clock. Hoggatt briefly put the Seahawks ahead on a jumper before Hines responded with another layup to make it 43-32 with 2:20 to go.

DaCosta was fouled at 2:06 and converted one of two shots at the charity strip to tie the game at 43, setting up the final two minutes.


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