Hofstra women use late run to edge Seahawks, 68-64

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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.

Rebekah Banks. Photo courtesy- UNCW sports
Rebekah Banks. Photo courtesy- UNCW sports

Faulk scored all five of her fourth quarter points during the game-deciding run to lead the Pride to victory. She also contributed six rebounds, with two assists and two blocked shots.

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.

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.

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 and eight rebounds, while junior guard Naqaiyyah Teague contributed 14 points, with three rebounds and three assists.

UNCW closes a brief two-game home stand against College of Charleston at 2 p.m. on Sunday.