WBB: Brozoski Nets 22 as Hofstra Tops Off Stetson, 53-50
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Senior guard Boogie Brozoski netted a season-high 22 points on 43 percent shooting to lead the Hofstra University women's basketball team past Stetson in the final game of the Challenge in Music City at the Nashville Municipal Auditorium. With the win, Hofstra improves to 3-4 on the season while Stetson falls to 0-5 overall. Following the contest, Brozoski was named to the Challenge in Music City All-Tournament team, as she averaged a team-high 16.3 points per contest over the three-game stretch with 4.7 boards per game and 11 total assists. In addition, she was nearly perfect from the stripe, going 13-of-14 in the span. In addition to her point total against Stetson, Brozoski tallied six total assists on the day, including five in the first half alone. Joining Brozoski in double figures was junior guard Ana Hernandez Gil, who netted 11 points with three three-pointers, three assists and three rebounds. Freshman JaKayla Brownscored eight points for the Pride (3-of-7 FG), and junior Marianne Kalin rounded out the top scorers with five points. Brozoski and sophomore Jaylen Hines were the top rebounders for Hofstra on the day with six each. The first quarter was tight the entire way, seeing four ties within the first ten minutes of action, but the Pride had the advantage at the end of the first quarter, 15-14, as that lead would hold for the remainder of the contest. Things continued to go right for Hofstra into the second frame, as the Pride outscored the Hatters, 19-9 to increase the halftime score to 34-23. In the first half alone, Hofstra drilled six total three-pointers, as Brozoski was 4-of-6 from deep and Hernandez Gil sunk two long balls in the process. Hofstra finished the first half shooting 38 percent with 11 field goals, with every one of those shots being tagged with an assist. With 5:21 in the second half, senior Sica Cuzic made a free throw to match Hofstra's largest lead of the contest of 12 points, before Stetson cut into the lead with a 6-0 run to bring the score within six. Brozoski and Brown added four more points in the quarter as Hofstra led by eight headed into the final period. Stetson continued to make things interesting, going on a 7-1 run in the first five minutes of the final frame to close the score, 42-40 in favor of the Pride. Brown stopped the run with a much-needed Hofstra layup with just under three minutes remaining before she and Cuzic made it a four-point game with two made free throws with 2:11 on the clock. After a long three from Hernandez Gil just before the shot clock expired, the Hatters answered with their own three-point basket with 50 seconds on the clock to make the score 49-47, Hofstra. Brozoski made four-straight free throws down the stretch and Stetson missed a wide-open three-pointer at the buzzer that would have sent the game in to overtime, as Hofstra celebrated the narrow three-point win. After 20 days without a home contest, Hofstra will return to the David S. Mack Sports and Exhibition Complex on Thursday, November 29 for a non-conference meeting with the Sacred Heart Pioneers. Tip-off in Hempstead is slated for 7:00 pm.
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