In the College of Charleston women’s basketball team’s first home game since December 22nd, the Cougars had a tough match up ahead of them as they faced the third ranked in the conference, Hofstra.
Both teams entered the game on losing streaks, so they were eager to get out to a strong start to the conference season.
The Cougars showed their urgency in the early going, as they began the first period on a 8-0 run. Behind great rebounding and shooting, Charleston held a 16-7 lead at the end of the first period.
In the second period, the game became more tightly contested as Hofstra came back to tie the game at 22-22. Even though the Cougars had shot well in the early going, they went just one of ten on their field goals, while Hofstra hit four of five which gave Hofstra the opportunity to take a lead.
In the closing seconds of the first half, Bre Bolden hit a clutch, game-tying shot to tie up the game at 26-26 the buzzer.
At the half, the Cougars were led by Luna-Castro with 12 points while Bolden also contributed with 8 points and 6 rebounds. The biggest story line at the half, however, was that the Cougars out rebounded Hofstra 22-16.
The third period was tight, with neither side able to pull away. The Cougars held a slight edge headed into the final quarter, 43-39, but the game was still in the balance.
In the fourth period, Hofstra was able to retake the lead at the 6:30 mark, but the two sides fought back and forth exchanging leads.
Despite a double-double performance from Bolden (13 rebounds and 12 points) and a career high performance in points (22) for Luna-Castro the Cougars could not hold onto win.
Hofstra beat the Cougars 62-58. Even though the loss was tough there were some positives. Charleston out-rebounded a very good rebounding team and they also showed a lot of fight. Unfortunately, they could not pull out the victory.
The next home game for the Cougars is January 15th against Delaware.