WEST HARTFORD, Conn. -- Behind an 18-2 third-quarter run and 22 points from junior Nicole Enabosi, the University of Delaware defeated University of Hartford 72-63 Monday night at Chase Arena. The victory was head coach Natasha Adair’s first as women's basketball head coach at Delaware.

The Blue Hens (1-1) received key contributions up-and-down the roster, including 22 crucial minutes from walk-on Danielle Roberts who connected on her first career three-pointer.  

After turning the ball over 19 times in the first quarter and 24 times in the first half, the Hens turned the ball over just four times in the third quarter. In addition to the 22 points, Enabosi added a career-high 17 rebounds, six assists, three steals, and two blocks.

Delaware, who trailed Hartford (0-2) 46-42 with 5:39 left, outscored the Hawks 18-2 over the final five-and-a-half minutes of the third stanza. During the run, Bailey Kargo hit a pair of threes, Enabosi scored six points and senior Makeda Nicholas added four of her 14-points.

In the fourth, Delaware held-off a late Hartford charge to hold on for the nine-point win.

Delaware returns to action Thursday night for the home-opener against American University. Tip-off from the Bob Carpenter Center is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Head Coach Natasha Adair:
“This team has fight. I told them after the game that despite all that there were moments tonight where we could have shut down. But that’s not who this group is. From day one, this group has been united, and they are set out to win. People are in different roles, people are receiving minutes that they’ve never gotten before. So it’s not going to be pretty right now. I know as a coach I’m going to look at the box-score and the film and cringe, but at the end of the day, I’m most proud of our fight. Our resiliency, our resolve. Tonight was a gutty team effort.”

On Danielle Roberts’ contribution:
“Danielle is a blue-collar player. She never complains. She has never had this opportunity. I told her, I just put you into hostile territory, and you responded beautifully. She was undoubtedly our spark tonight when we needed it. As a senior, she’s a leader. Danielle is a veteran, regardless of minutes played. I’m proud of her because this was an opportunity for her to see her hard work put into action. Her teammates are proud of her. After the game, everyone was in the locker room screaming her name. That’s a great representation of our group. There’s no hierarchy, no one player is more important than anyone else. I’m just very proud.”

On what the team needs to do ahead of Thursday’s contest against American:
“We’re going to enjoy the ride home. We won't turn the page to what’s next right away. I want them to really enjoy this. We’ll give them tomorrow off, and they’ll return to classes and rest up. This is an opportunity for us to bond on the ride home and reflect on the highs and lows of this game. Then we’ll get back to it. The coaches will probably watch film on the bus ride home and get our strategy together. But right now I want to enjoy this one.”  

Nicole Enabosi:
“When I’m on the court, I don’t really think about the numbers I’m putting up. I just let it happen. If we go a long time without a rebound, I try and grab a rebound. The same goes for a stop or a bucket."            

On Danielle Roberts' contributions:  
“I’m so happy for Danielle, everyone was screaming for her. The way she works and carries herself you wouldn’t ever guess that she’s a walk-on. The impact she has on the team is huge. Tonight she gave us a much-needed spark. She is confident and a great player to have on this team. I’m so happy for her because the hard work she’s put in is finally showing.”

Upcoming schedule: 
Thursday, November 16, vs. American (7 p.m.)
Sunday, November 18, vs. Boston University (2 p.m.)
Saturday. November 24 vs. Saint Peter's (4 p.m.)* 
*- at Saint Joseph's Thanksgiving Tournament. 

HEN SCRATCHINGS: 
• Delaware scored 70+ points in consecutive games for the first time since the 2014-15 season (Feb. 1-5)
• The Hens outrebounded Hartford by 26
• Delaware's 46 rebounds are the most since Feb. 7, 2016, when the Hens brought down 51 boards vs. Elon
Samone DeFreese (12 points) scored double-digits for the second consecutive game
• Enabosi recorded her 19th career double-double

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