Courtesy Hofstra Athletic Communications
A bright spot during the Hofstra women’s basketball team’s heartbreaking 70-66 loss to UNC Wilmington Sunday was the continued emergence of freshman guard Annie Payton.
The Camden, N.J. native scored 13 points on 5-10 shooting in just 21 minutes of action. Payton also showed her ability to hit from beyond the arc going 3-5 from three-point range. Payton’s performance against UNC Wilmington came on the heels of scoring 15 points in a 71-66 loss at Delaware on Jan. 2 and registering 13 points in a 65-63 defeat to Cincinnati on Dec. 30 in the Maggie Dixon Surf 'N Slam Classic.
“As a freshman I know I have a team of leaders, seniors and juniors, that I know I can rely on and that really support me and that want to give me the ball,” said Payton, who was an All-South Jersey first team and All-New Jersey Senior third team pick as a senior at Camden High School.
Payton’s play comes at crucial time for the Pride with freshman guard Kate Loper out with an injury and her return unknown.
“She’s chopping at the bit,” said Hofstra women’s basketball head coach Krista Kilburn-Stevesky of Payton’s desire to get out on the floor and help her team. “It’s good for Annie to get a chance to get back on the court.”