Hofstra Basketball’s Magical Year
This past season was huge for Hofstra’s mens and womens basketball programs. The men’s team won the Colonial Athletic Association regular season title for the first time in program history with a 22-8 record. The Pride earned the top seed in the CAA Tournament, but lost a heartbreaker in overtime of the championship game to UNCW, falling short of a NCAA Tournament bid. Despite the loss, Hofstra earned it’s fifth National Invitation Tournament selection with an automatic bid for winning the CAA’s regular season title..The Pride rallied from a nine point deficit in the second half against the George Washington Colonials only to fall 82-80 in the first round of the NIT Tournament.
Hofstra’s women’s team also had a stellar season, finshing at 22-7 on the regular season and clinching the program’s first back-to-back 2 win seasons since joining Division I. The Pride lost in the quarterfinals of the CAA Tournament to Northeastern, but they earned the programs sixth WNIT bid with an at-large bid. Hofstra hosted the first round contest, rolling over Harvard 76-50. The Pride took their show on the road to Villanova defeating the Wildcats 82-74 in the second round. Hofstra returned home for the third round, taking down the Virginia Cavaliers 65-57 to advance to the WNIT Quarterfinals for the first time since 2007. The Pride’s magical postseason run came to an end in the Quarterfinals with a 61-46 loss to Florida Gulf Coast.
Despite the succuss that both teams had this season, Hofstra continues to struggle with attendance for games. The women’s team especially suffers with have only a few students in the student section for games. Hofstra University junior and superman, Zach Wolpoff attended every men’s CAA Tournament game and each of the women’s home NIT games this season. “I think because we haven’t had a winning team at Hofstra in so long no one really cares enough to go to the games,” said Wolpoff. School spirit has been a problem at Hofstra for a long time and it is sad to see such a small turnout of students at huge games like the WNIT. “Women’s basketball just doesn’t sell and doesn’t draw the turnout that men’s basketball does,” said Wolpoff. Even though attendance is low, Hofstra students and fans showed their support throughout the postseason on Twitter. Here are some of the best tweets.