NEWARK, Del. – A huge third quarter gave the Blue Hens the edge Thursday evening as Delaware topped American, 72-56, in the home opener at the Bob Carpenter Center.
Up by three at halftime, the Hens (2-1) cruised to a 26-13 scoring margin in the third, which included a 12-0 run midway through the stanza.
Junior Nicole Enabosi (Gaithersburg, Md./Our Lady of Good Counsel) led all scorers with 25 points while sophomores Bailey Kargo (at left; Greensboro, N.C./Walter Hines Page) notched 15 and Samone DeFreese (Bergenfield, N.J./Berkshire (Mass.)) picked up 13 in the win.
Senior Makeda Nicholas (North Babylon, N.Y./North Babylon) and sophomore Abby Gonzales (Wexford, Pa./North Allegheny) joined Enabosi in grabbing seven rebounds apiece.
Io Chaney guided the Eagles (2-1) with 10 points while Cecily Carl registered nine points and 10 rebounds.
Head Coach Natasha Adair
“The players have worked so hard for this moment and I’m very proud for them to make a statement like this. This is Delaware women’s basketball. We had a nice conversation at half time and talked about controlling the controllables. I felt like we were flat in that second half and we didn’t have enough energy. American had a run and they were dictating the tempo. We wanted to take over with energy, effort and hustle. You saw us really amp it up on the defensive end and that’s how we’re going to score. We have to get stops, and then we’re able to execute. I challenged them to come out and really play Delaware basketball and up the ante on the energy level. This is why I came. This is fun.”
Junior Forward Nicole Enabosi
“Our fans are great. The support they bring every home game is terrific. I was so happy to make them happy and get the win. We wanted to make coach comfortable and get her the first win in the Bob.”
“We passed the ball well tonight. They were double-teaming the post, so our job was to catch the ball and find our shooters. Give them credit because they were able to knock down the shots. We had really good chemistry tonight. We found our shooters and trusted them to hit the shots. They did a really good job.”
Sophomore Guard Bailey Kargo
“We’re definitely a lot more confident this year. We’re always trying to push the ball in transition, which we didn’t do a lot last season. So we’re working on picking up the pace of the game, and it’s making a huge difference for us.”
“Tonight was very important for not only Coach Adair, but also the home crowd. We want the crowd to know what kind of team we’re going to be this season.”
   ·   The Blue Hens are averaging 72.3 points per game through three games this season.
   ·   Delaware is 23-3 all-time in home openers at the Bob Carpenter Center.
   ·   The Hens led by as much as 20 in the fourth quarter.
   ·   After coming into the game averaging 28.5 turnovers, Delaware registered just 10 against American.
   ·   Sunday, November 19 – Boston University at Delaware – 2 p.m. – Bob Carpenter Center (Newark, Del.)
   ·   Saturday, November 25 – Delaware vs. Saint Peter’s – Saint Joseph’s Thanksgiving Tournament – 4 p.m. – Michael J. Hagan ’85 Arena (Philadelphia, Pa.)
   ·   Sunday, November 26 – Delaware vs. Eastern Illinois/Saint Joseph’s – Saint Joseph’s Thanksgiving Tournament – time tbd – Michael J. Hagan ’85 Arena (Philadelphia, Pa.)
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