Green Leads Blue Hens in Second Half Rally to Defeat UNCW, 70-50, in Women's Basketball
WILMINGTON, N.C. – The University of Delaware women’s basketball team outscored UNCW by 21 points in the second half Friday evening en route to a 70-50 victory over the Seahawks at Trask Coliseum.
Sophomores Courtni Green (Winchester, Va.) and Joy Caracciolo (Manassas, Va.) tallied career-highs with 18 and 17 points, respectively. Green went 7-of-12 from the field, including two three-pointers, for the Blue Hens while Caracciolo was 7-of-13 with three free throws.
Freshman Hannah Jardine (St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada) collected a career- and game-high 10 rebounds in addition to four points, three steals and two assists.
Delaware, which entered halftime with a 34-33 deficit, jumped out to a five-point lead at the first media timeout of the second half. The Blue Hens proceeded to go on a 14-2 run to go up, 61-44 with 7:13 left in the game.
With just over six minutes remaining, UNCW’s Ryan Flowers fouled out of the game and proceeded to receive a technical foul to allow Green and Buchanan to drain four free throws and give UD a 21-point advantage.
Over the final 6:16 of the game, Delaware allowed just one Seahawk field goal, a jumper from Johanna McMillan at the 2:14 mark.
Brie Mobley led UNCW (3-20, 2-7 CAA) with 16 points and five rebounds while Kelva Atkins added 15 points and six assists.
Head Coach Tina Martin – “In the first half, we got caught up a little bit with our offense and missed some easy baskets. The youngsters really held their heads and I had to calm them down and reassure them that their shots would eventually fall. This team really goes as the offense goes and we play better defense when we make shots, which we did in the second half. Overall, we were more patient in the second half and the offense followed.”
Sophomore Courtni Green – “At halftime, the coaches stressed that we needed to play defense, stop the penetration and on the offensive end, get the ball in transition and go. The coaches also encouraged me that if my shot isn’t falling, that I need to go to the basket more.”
· Delaware has won three straight games.
· The Blue Hens are now 20-7 all-time against UNCW and have won eight straight against the Seahawks.
· UD has had at least two players score in double figures in all 20 games this season; at least four have scored in double figures in the last three contests.
· UNCW led by as much as seven in the game.
· Kelsey Buchanan has scored double figures in all 20 games this season.
· Jodi Salyer dished out a team-high three assists.
· Thursday, Feb. 13 – College of Charleston at Delaware* - 7 p.m. – Bob Carpenter Center (Newark, Del.)
· Sunday, Feb. 16 – Towson at Delaware* - 2 p.m. – Bob Carpenter Center (Newark, Del.) – Women’s Health Awareness Game
· Tuesday, Feb. 18 – Delaware at Drexel* - 7 p.m. – Daskalakis Athletic Center (Philadelphia, Pa.)