WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - The William and Mary Tribe women's basketball team treks to Hempstead, N.Y. on Thursday, Feb. 2, for a CAA game against the Hofstra Pride. Consecutive trips to the northeast mark the second-leg of a three game road trip for the College. Tip-off from Mack Sports Center is slated for 7p.m. Fans can follow all of the action online at TribeAthletics.com with live video, audio and stats.
- William and Mary returns to the northeastern United States Thursday, looking for redemption against the Hofstra Pride. In its last outing this past Sunday, W&M fell, 82-71, in Boston, Mass., by conference foe Northeastern. On Jan. 8, the Pride came in to Williamsburg and won a shoot-out, 100-97. Come Thursday night, the Green and Gold will be fighting to even up the season series.
- Leading the Tribe are a couple of juniors having career seasons - Janine Aldridge and Emily Correal. Now the W&M all-time leader in 3-pointers made, Aldridge is averaging a team-best 15.6 points a game on 44.4 percent shooting from the floor. Correal has tallied nine double-doubles on the year, and at one point the Venetia, Pa., native notched six in a row. For the year, Correal is averaging 14 points and 9.4 boards per outing. Senior guard Taysha Pye is pouring in 14.2 points per game, while junior center Jaclyn McKenna is contributing 10.2 a game.
- Thursday night's contest will be the second match-up between W&M and Hofstra this season. On Jan. 8, the College fell to the Pride in a high scoring affair, 100-97 in Kaplan Arena. In that game, senior Taysha Pye poured in a season-high 32 points, while junior Emily Correal was in the midst of notching her fourth-straight double-double, consisting of 12 points and 11 rebounds.
Krista Kilburn-Steveskey is in her sixth season as the head coach of the Pride, compiling a record of 86-73 during her tenure. In their last game, Hofstra captured a CAA road win by defeating Drexel, 68-61, in Philadelphia. For the year, Hofstra carries an overall record of 15-5 and a league record of 7-2.
Hofstra is led by pre-season All-CAA selection Shante Evans, who is averaging 17.8 points and 10.3 rebounds a game. Katelyn Loper adds to the double-digit scoring, pouring in 14.1. Senior Candice Bellocchio leads the CAA in assists per game at 6.2. On the defensive side, Candace Bond's 3.4 steals a game is tops in the league. Rounding out the Pride's impressive individual is statistics is Nicole Capurso who averages 11.9 points per game.
As a team, Hofstra possess the league's most potent offense, scoring 76.2 points per game. Not only is the 76.2 a CAA best, but it also ranks as the 11th best in the country. Defensively, the Pride allows 70.6 points per outing which ranks 11th in the league. From the free-throw line, Hofstra is opportunistic, connecting on 73.1 percent of its attempts ranking it second in the conference.
An Empire State
Thursday's game on Long Island will be a homecoming for three Tribe players, assistant coach Meg Barber and head coach Debbie Taylor. Janine Aldridge, Jaclyn McKenna and Taysha Pye all hail from the state of New York. Growing up approximately 11 miles outside of Hempstead in nearby Massapequa, Aldridge returns home as the College's all-time leader in 3-pointers made with 204. McKenna, who starred at Elwood-John Glen High School in Huntington, N.Y., arrives home having started 50 consecutive games. McKenna's hometown of Huntington is located just 20 miles northeast of Hempstead. Pye comes back to her home state as one of the College's most prolific scorers. A native of the Bronx, Pye ranks second on the W&M all-time scoring list with 1,525 career points.
Assistant coach Meg Barber is a native of Hoosick Falls, N.Y., which located just northeast of Albany and is about a four- hour drive away from Long Island. A graduate of Massapequa High School in Massapequa, N.Y., head coach Debbie Taylor makes her return back to Long Island looking to even up the season series between W&M and Hofstra. The contest at Hofstra will be the second-trip to the state of New York for Tribe this year. On December 20, the College played at Long Island University located in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Against Northeastern on Jan. 29, the shooting performance by Janine Aldridge shattered multiple school records. For the game, the sharpshooting junior scored a career-high 27 points, connecting on nine 3-pointers out of 19 attempts. With the nine triples made against NU, Aldridge became the College's all-time leader in 3-pointers made with 204 career treys. Aldridge also set the W&M single-game record for 3-pointers made with nine. Just 20 games in to the 2011-12 season, her 75 3-pointers break the old single-season mark of 72 previously held by Courtney Portell. The nine drained triples also stands as second all-time in the CAA for 3-pointers made in a game. Aldridge became only the fourth player in conference history to hit nine threes in a game.
Earlier this season the College and Hofstra were involved in a high scoring affair, in which Hofstra prevailed, 100-97, in Williamsburg. Another high scoring game might be in the mix Thursday evening, as both teams boast high-octane offenses. Hofstra scores a CAA best 76.2 points per game, while W&M comes in second pouring in 71.7. In their combined 40 games this season, the Tribe and the Pride have totaled 70 points or more in 25 contests.
Tribe in the National
In the latest national rankings released by the NCAA on January 30, William and Mary and its players were well represented in some impressive categories. As a team, W&M ranks 41st in the country in scoring, averaging 71.7 points a game. The Green and Gold is ranked fifth in the nation in 3-point field goal percentage (38.3 percent) and 20th in assist per game at 16.5. Individually, junior Janine Aldridge ranks second in the nation in 3-pointers made per game at 3.8, while also placing 13th in the country in 3-point field goal percentage at 42.1 percent. Senior Katherine DeHenzel comes in at 13th in the nation, averaging six assists per game and junior Emily Correal checks in at 24th in the country with nine double-doubles on the year.