Center, Hofstra Women’s Basketball (Francis Lewis)
After a couple of successful seasons, the Hofstra women’s basketball team hit bottom last year, but now, the Pride look to be back on track again this year, and the biggest reason why
is Queens native Jess Fuller, Hofstra’s 6-foot-4 center, who lettered at Francis Lewis High School.
Fuller wasn’t on the Hofstra team that went 19-12 and won a WNIT game in 2005-06, but she saw both ends of the spectrum as a freshman on the 26-8 team that won two WNIT games the following year, and as a sophomore on the Pride team that was just 5-25 last season.
As a junior this season, Fuller experienced much of the same. The Pride started slow (just 1-3), but followed that up with seven straight victories, and has now won 10 of its past 12 games, thanks in large part to Fuller, who leads Hofstra In scoring (12.8 ppg), rebounding (8.6 rpg), field goal percentage (59.7%), and blocked shots (47).
With Fuller leading the way, Hofstra is poised to make some noise in the Colonial Athletic Association this season. On Sunday, Fuller scored 11 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to record her third straight double-double (giving her eight double-doubles for the season) as the Pride (11-5, 3-2 CAA) beat William & Mary (10-6, 3-2) at home, 55-44, pulling into a tie for fourth place in the CAA.
For the time being, that’s very important for Fuller and Hofstra, since the top four teams will receive a first-round bye and will avoid having to win a fourth game in four days in the CAA Tournament, in March.
As the Pride continue to turn things around from last year’s tough season, and as Fuller keeps racking up the double doubles along the way, Hofstra and the former Francis Lewis star look like remain as ones to watch.