The Hofstra women's basketball team has incurred much heartbreak early in the 2009/10 season with four of its six losses occurring when the Pride held leads late into the game and three of those coming by a single point. However even in the wake of Hofstra's latest setback at William & Mary 55-48 in which the Pride led 42-36 with 6:39 left before giving up a game-ending 19-6 run, head coach Krista Kliburn-Steveskey's players are keeping a positive attitude heading into their next game against Towson on Thursday.
Speaking during a Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Coaches Media Teleconference call this afternoon," Coach Kilburn-Steveskey emphasized that the Pride are not letting the close losses get them down. "Demoralized isn't even in our vocabulary," said Kilburn-Steveskey of her team's mindset after the William & Mary loss Sunday. "We will fight through this."
Hofstra enters Thursday's CAA home opener against Towson 7-6 with three of those losses coming by one point to Clemson, Richmond and Southern Methodist. "It's been somewhat of an up and down struggle," said Kilburn-Steveskey of the Pride's rollercoaster season heading into the CAA schedule. "We are definitely going to get back on track hopefully with Towson on Thursday."
Towson enters Thursday's contest 7-5 including a 67-55 upset of Atlantic Coast Conference power Maryland on Dec. 10. Thursday's tipoff against Towson at the Mack Sports Complex is at 7 p.m.