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Women’s Basketball Opens League Play with Setback at Hofstra
Updated: Sunday 01/06/2013 (ET)
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WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - The William and Mary women's basketball team fell at Hofstra, 56-53, on Sunday afternoon at the Mack Sports Complex.  Down by three, 56-53, with four seconds remaining, senior Janine Aldridge's tying 3-point attempt rattled off the back iron.  With the loss, the College falls to 2-10 on the season and 0-1 in the CAA, while Hofstra improves to 5-7 on the year and 1-0 in league play.

Senior Emily Correal paced the College with 20 points and 10 rebounds.  The double-double performance is the Venetia, Pa., native's third of the season and 21st of her career.  Senior Jaclyn McKenna also tallied a double-double, which consisted of 12 points and 11 rebounds, Aldridge netted 10 points and eight rebounds.

W&M finished the contest shooting 20-of-61 (32.8 percent) from the field, while it connected on 10 free-throws in 14 attempts (71.4 percent).  For the third time this season, the College owned the advantage on the glass, 47-45.

Senior Taylor Hilton initiated the scoring with a lay up off of an assist from McKenna 19 seconds into the contest.  After the Pride regained and pushed its lead to three, 9-6, Aldridge cut the deficit to one on a fast break lay in at the 15:08 juncture.

After Hofstra pushed its margin to 22-12, the College responded with a quick 5-0 spurt as it cut the deficit to 22-17 with 8:51 remaining in the half.  Correal ignited the push with her fourth 3-pointer of the season at the 8:02 juncture.  Hilton's two-point bucket at the 7:21 mark capped the run before the Pride took a 28-20 halftime lead as both squads went scoreless over the last 3:23. 

In second half action, Correal's jumper at the 16:24 juncture brought W&M to within 30-28.  Over the next 10 minutes, the squads traded buckets as the Hofstra lead never swelled to over 10 points.  With 6:06 remaining in the contest, Annie Payton's 3-pointer gave the Pride its largest lead of the afternoon at 49-38.

Needing a spark, the College rallied back with a 13-5 run as it cut the deficit to three, 54-51, with 1:39 left in regulation.  Sophomore Jazmen Boone ignited the burst with a free throw at the 5:28 mark.  Boone's made free-throw was the first of seven for the College during the spurt.  Aldridge's trifecta capped the rally as the Massapequa, N.Y., native was on the receiving end of sophomore Anna Kestler's assist. 

On its very next defensive possession, the College forced Hofstra into a shot clock violation with 1:04 left to play.  Down by three, 54-51, with 52 seconds remaining in the contest, Boone slipped back door and laid in a lob pass courtesy of Kestler.  After Hofstra netted a bucket on its next possession, the Tribe was once again down three, 56-53, with 25 seconds remaining. 

With the seconds dwindling down, Aldridge was in a catch and shoot mode.  After multiple screens were set for the College's all-time leader in 3-pointers made, she received a pass, pump faked, which created an open look in which her game tying shot hit the back of the rim.  With possession now in Hofstra's favor, the Pride was able to run out the clock en route to the win.

Shante Evans led Hofstra with 11 points and 12 rebounds, while Andreana Thomas netted 10 points to go along with nine rebounds.  The Pride finished the afternoon shooting 35.8 percent (24-of-67) from the floor.  From 3-point range, the College held the Pride to shot just 16.7 percent (3-of-18).    

The College returns to action against UNCW on Tuesday, Jan. 8.  Tip-off versus the Seahawks at Kaplan Arena is slated for 7 p.m. and fans can follow the action online at with live video and stats.

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