Dec. 7, 2013
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. -- UC Davis sophomore Alyson Doherty finished with a career-high 24 points while sophomore Celia Marfone added her first career double-double, but a second-half run by Hofstra broke open a tight game and lifted the Pride to a, 76-57, victory over the Aggies on Saturday afternoon at the Mack Sports Complex.
Doherty hit 9-of-16 from the floor -- scoring 15 of her game-high total in the second half -- and added five rebounds and a pair of blocks in 28 minutes to pace the UC Davis offense, which struggled to find its range from beyond the arc, hitting just 2-of-30 for the game. Marfone finished 4-of-8 from the field, tallying a season-high 10 points to go with a career-high 10 rebounds for her first career double-double.
For Doherty it was her first career 20-point game and the third by an Aggie player this season after Sydnee Fipps accomplished the feat against Pacific and Akron earlier this year. For Marfone, it was her first double-digit performance of the year (the sixth of her career) and the second double-double for an Aggie this season (Doherty vs. San Jose State).
Anma Onyeuku scored 17 of her team-high 21 points in the second half to lead the charge, adding six rebounds on 10-of-17 from the floor. Three other players finished in double figures as Andreana Thomas (11), Asia Jackson (10), and Ruth Sherrill (10 points) joined her for the Pride.
Hofstra (4-3 overall) broke open a three-point game with a 17-2 run midway through the second after a three-point play by Doherty that brought the Aggies (2-6) to within striking distance after they had trailed by 12 points in the period. UC Davis went without a field goal for almost five minutes before a three-pointer by Marfone that jumpstarted an 8-0 burst for the Aggies to make it an 11-point game with just under four to play.
However, the Pride answered with an 8-0 run of its own and finished 10-of-12 from the line down the stretch to ice the win.
A back-and-forth first half saw three ties and seven lead changes as neither team led by more than four in the first 10 minutes. Six straight points by Doherty gave the Aggies a slim, 15-14, lead with 8:35 to play and a basket by Heidi Johnson had UC Davis even at 17 at the seven-minute mark, but an 11-3 burst by the Pride gave the home side a seven-point, 27-20, advantage at the break.
UC Davis returns to the court on Sunday (Dec. 15) at 1 p.m. as the Aggies head to Moraga, Calif., to take on Saint Mary's.