NEWARK, Del. – The scoring came early and often for the Blue Hens Sunday afternoon as Delaware cruised to the 84-49 victory over in-state foe Delaware State at the Bob Carpenter Center.
The Hens (6-4), who led by as much as 45 in the fourth quarter, saw double figure scoring from three different players, including the eighth double double of the season for junior Nicole Enabosi.
Enabosi (at left) finished the game with 17 points and 11 rebounds while sophomore Samone DeFreese (below right) registered 19 points and nine rebounds. Freshman Lizzie Oleary added a season-high 10 points in the win.
Ryan Jones led the Hornets (1-7) with 17 points while Keke Barber collected a team-best 11 rebounds.
Head Coach Natasha Adair
“Today was important because we were able to play everyone. I think that’s the beauty of our team, because we’re still a young team in terms of minutes logged. Each game I feel we’re learning and improving. In the last two games we’ve put together our two most complete games offensively and defensively. We have learned how to take it possession by possession. Abby [Gonzales] is doing a fantastic job of managing the clock and the possessions. Every day, every practice is a teaching moment. I really feel like this group is such a team and has a great team oriented mind-set. The fact that there are no hidden agendas and no hierarchy speaks to our group.”
Sophomore Samone DeFreese
“The biggest key today was confidence. The whole coaching staff puts us in a position to be successful. It comes down to having confidence that you’re going to make shots, or come off ball-screens well. Confidence is definitely defining our success. I think our depth changes and elevates our team. Everyone is focusing on Nicole, which they should be, but I think having different threats all over the court changes the game and forces the opponent to step-up and guard everyone. You cannot take a play off against us and that makes us a threat going forward.”
[On playing in first career game after transferring to UD and the suffering setbacks due to injury]: “I completely forgot the rush that comes with entering and playing in a game. It’s been a long two years trying to get back on the court. It’s really amazing, I can’t describe it in any other way.”
   ·   Delaware led by as much as 45, the largest margin for the Blue Hens since posting a 49-point advantage over Rhode Island on November 11, 2011.
   ·   The Hens are now 10-0 all-time against the Hornets, including a mark of 6-0 at the Bob Carpenter Center.
   ·   UD scored 80-plus points for the first time in regulation this season.
   ·   The Blue Hens outrebounded Delaware State, 47-33, and committed a season-low eight turnovers to DSU’s 19.
   ·   Delaware will take the next 11 days off from competition for final exams.
   ·   Friday, December 22 – Loyola at Delaware – 1 p.m. – Bob Carpenter Center (Newark, Del.)
   ·   Friday, December 29 – Delaware at Drexel – 4 p.m. – Daskalakis Athletic Center (Philadelphia, Pa.)
   ·   Friday, January 5 – Elon at Delaware – Noon – Bob Carpenter Center (Newark, Del.)
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