Blue Hens Put Up Valiant Effort But Fall Short to League-Leading James Madison, 72-61
NEWARK, Del. – The University of Delaware women’s basketball squad battled the entire night, but the league-leading James Madison University kept the Blue Hens at bay and netted a 72-61 victory Thursday evening at the Bob Carpenter Center.
Delaware (17-7, 9-4 Colonial Athletic Association), which remains in second place in the CAA standings, had a six-game win streak snapped and lost for just the fourth time in 11 games at the Bob this season.
Senior Kelsey Buchanan (South Riding, Va.) led UD once again as she posted 20 points on 9-of-18 shooting from the field and also pulled down six rebounds while blocking four shots.
Redshirt Sophomore Joy Caracciolo (at left; Manassas, Va.) added 12 points and seven rebounds while freshman Hannah Jardine (St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada) contributed seven points and eight rebounds for the Hens.
The Dukes went up by as much as 17 points in the second half before the Blue Hens battled back and pulled within 10 with 1:53 to go but would not get closer.
James Madison (22-4, 12-0 CAA) won its 12th straight game as Kirby Burkholder scored 19 points and pulled 14 rebounds. Toia Giggetts added 16 points and six rebounds while Jazmon Gwathmey picked up 10 points and eight rebounds.
Head Coach Tina Martin
“They’re so athletic and physically they pounded us a little bit, which is expected when you play a veteran team such as James Madison. They’re athletic in every position, they get to the ball really well and they rebound extremely well. They’ve got a lot of good things going for them. Our young kids battled more today. They’ve grown up and definitely improved from the first time we played them, there’s no doubt about it. For the rest of the season, our kids need to focus on one game at a time and take care of our own business.”
Senior Kelsey Buchanan
“We never gave up and continued to fight hard to stay in the game. Our defense seemed to be the downfall today and they were just hitting a lot of shots. They have a lot of experience and kids who have played in tough games. We have to get back to work and play out the season one game at a time.”
Redshirt Sophomore Joy Caracciolo
“We’re proud that we stayed in it and continued to fight. We didn’t get down and quit like we did last time. We were really disappointed by our performance. We’re better than this loss and we know we can defend better than we did.”
· Delaware dropped two games to the same opponent in one season for the first time since 2010-11, also against James Madison.
· The Blue Hens are now 7-4 this season and 203-81 (.715) all-time at the Bob Carpenter Center.
· UD has had at least two players score in double digits in all 24 games this season.
· The Hens posted a season-high eight blocked shots against the Dukes.
· Delaware snapped a season-best six game-winning streak.
· Kelsey Buchanan has scored in double figures in all but one game this season and hit the 20-point mark for the eighth time this year.
· James Madison takes over the all-time series at 14-13.
· Sunday, Feb. 23 – William & Mary at Delaware* - Noon – Bob Carpenter (Newark, Del.) – Senior Day
· Thursday, Feb. 27 – Delaware at Hofstra* - 7 p.m. – Mack Sports Complex (Hempstead, N.Y.)
· Sunday, March 2 – Delaware at Northeastern* - 2 p.m. – Cabot Center (Boston, Mass.)