PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – Nine Blue Hens appeared in the scoring column Sunday afternoon as Delaware defeated Eastern Illinois, 66-37, at Saint Joseph’s Hagan Arena.
Junior Nicole Enabosi (Gaithersburg, Md./Our Lady of Good Counsel) logged 21 points and 12 rebounds as UD (3-3) bounced back after two straight heartbreaking overtime losses.
Sophomore Bailey Kargo (Greensboro, N.C./Walter Hines Page) added 13 points while classmate Rebecca Lawrence (Ridgefield, Conn./Ridgefield) and freshman Lizzie Oleary (Willow Grove, Pa./Abington) each collected eight points for the Hens in addition to eight and seven rebounds, respectively.
Grace Lennox led the Panthers (1-4) with 16 points and three assists while Jalisha Smith and Grace McRae each grabbed eight rebounds.
Head Coach Natasha Adair
“We really challenged the team to play Delaware basketball with every possession and I’m proud of how they responded. Yesterday obviously didn’t go how we wanted, but when we talked last night I reminded them that it’s all in the mindset. You can tell yourself what you can and cannot do and know that you can’t be a perfect player, but you can control your effort and hustle. We couldn’t let up at halftime as this team [EIU] wanted to win as well. So many people stepped up for us today and I’m proud of how we came out.”
Freshman Lizzie Oleary
“Yesterday we were really down and defeated. We really bounced back today, had great energy and played the way we know we can play. We need to take one game at a time.
    ·    Delaware held Eastern Illinois to just four points in the fourth quarter and 16 points overall in the second half while EIU shot .188 (12-64) from the field for the game.
    ·    Seven Delaware players had at least five rebounds on the day as the Blue Hens outrebounded the Panthers, 57-41.
    ·    Nicole Enabosi has registered 25 career double doubles and leads the CAA with 22.0 points and 13.0 rebounds per game this season.
   ·    Enabosi was named to the All-Tournament Team.
    ·    Wednesday, November 29 – Delaware at St. Bonaventure – 7 p.m. – Reilly Center (St. Bonaventure, N.Y.)
    ·    Saturday, December 2 – Delaware at Princeton – 5 p.m. – Jadwin Gymnasium (Princeton, N.J.)
    ·    Wednesday, December 6 – Delaware at Army – 7 p.m. – Christl Arena (West Point, N.Y.)
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