Brown and Jardine Lead Hens Past Towson, 75-59, on Senior Night
NEWARK, Del. – Seniors Erika Brown (Paterson, N.J./John F. Kennedy) and Hannah Jardine (St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada/O’Donel) were determined to leave it all on the court in their final game at the Bob Carpenter Center, and they did just that Wednesday evening.
The pair combined for 37 points, including seven 3-pointers, as Delaware picked up the 75-59 victory over Towson in the regular season finale for both squads.
Brown (at left) finished the night with 25 points on 7-of-10 shooting from the floor while Jardine tallied 12 points on a season-high four treys to go along with five rebounds.
Sophomore Nicole Enabosi (Gaithersburg, Md./Our Lady of Good Counsel) added 10 points and 11 rebounds for her 16th double double of the season.
The Blue Hens (16-13, 10-8 CAA) jumped out to an early lead and went up by as much as 17 points in the first quarter and never looked back in the victory.
Sianni Martin and Raven Bankston each notched 16 points for the Tigers (12-17, 5-13 CAA) while Mary Cuevas grabbed 11 rebounds.
Head Coach Tina Martin
“I thought we shared the ball and had energy; I thought we came out rested and ready to go. The kids had energy because it’s senior day. Erika and Hannah are well-respected by their teammates and they weren’t going to lose their senior day on their home floor. I’m really happy with how we’re playing, and I thought the kids really came together. I feel good that we got our 16th win, and we have a winning season again. I feel good that the kids gave a lot of good effort and stayed together through everything. I think the kids really hung tough and did a good job.”
Senior co-captain Erika Brown
“Tonight was a great last game for Hannah and me. Every year that we have been here we try and go out on senior night and try and win for the seniors. Tonight was the first time that we’ve won on senior night in four years, so I’m just happy that my team played hard for us, and that we got a win. That’s the best way to leave the Bob Carpenter Center.”
“Everything was going in early on. As long as we stay confident, set our feet and don’t rush, and we look for people to get open shots. I think we made a lot of good decisions, and they didn’t really have an answer because everyone was making shots.”
Senior co-captain Hannah Jardine
“We haven’t won a senior night game since I’ve been here, so it was great because my family was here and we were able to get the win. Obviously they came back a bit in the fourth quarter, but we handled it. This is stuff we’re going to see next week at the CAA Tournament so it prepared us for that.”
“Whenever you make your first shot it gives you confidence, and I think during the first half we really shared the ball and got everyone equal opportunities which really got us going. I think we got away from that toward the end, we got us in trouble. The way we were sharing the ball got us some open shots and open looks.”
· With the win and a William & Mary victory over Drexel, the Tribe secure the No. 4 seed while the Hens will be the No. 5 seed in the upcoming CAA Tournament.
· The Blue Hens had five players reach double digit scoring for the first time since February 28, 2016 at UNCW.
· Delaware shot 64.3 percent (9-of-14) in the first quarter, including four 3-pointers.
· The Hens tied a season-high with eight 3-pointers made.
· UD scored 75 points for the first time since December 7, 2015 when the Hens tallied 83 at George Mason.
· The Blue Hens honored seniors Erika Brown and Hannah Jardine, in addition to senior athletic training student Jennifer Worrall, in a pre-game ceremony.
· Thursday, March 9 – #4 William & Mary vs. #5 Delaware – CAA Tournament Quarterfinals – 2:30 p.m. – JMU Convocation Center (Harrisonburg, Va.)
· Friday, March 10 – CAA Tournament Semifinals – 4:30 p.m. – JMU Convocation Center (Harrisonburg, Va.)
· Saturday, March 11 – CAA Tournament Final – 7 p.m. – JMU Convocation Center (Harrisonburg, Va.)