NEWARK, Del. – A double double of 23 points and 20 rebounds from junior forward Nicole Enabosi was more than enough Friday afternoon as Delaware overpowered Loyola, 71-38, in the final non-conference regular season contest of the year.
Enabosi set a new school record by tallying her eighth straight game with a double double while her rebound total was the highest for a Blue Hens player since Sharon Wisler posted 20 on March 5, 1989 against Bucknell.
Delaware (7-4), which trailed the Greyhounds (2-9), 15-11, at the end of the first quarter, rallied to outscore Loyola, 49-17, in the second and third quarters en route to victory.
Freshman Justina Mascaro (at left) added a season-best 12 points while senior Kiersten West (below right) collected 10 points and a career-high eight rebounds.
Izzy Therien guided the Greyhounds with 12 points while Alexis Gray contributed 11 of her own.
Head Coach Natasha Adair
[On today’s game]: “After our hiatus for final exams, we talked about acing our last exam and today’s game being our final. I challenged this group to be focused. They just locked in and I’m very proud of our effort. We came into the game today knowing we didn’t have our starting point guard [in guard Abby Gonzales]. We had people step up today, but we also had 22 bench points. It’s always been a group effort.”
[On Nicole Enabosi]: “Today Nicole was more excited for her teammates and to talk to Justina [Mascaro] to get her ready for the game. Cheering for Alison [Lewis] when she comes in or Erin [Antosh] when she gets that rebound. She just plays. We talked about her motor and leading us with her hustle plays and effort. We have Nicole, and we’re excited and smiling about that, but there’s more. As her goals are set even higher there’s more for her to do for this team. Night in and night out, she never surprises me. I knew about Nicole even before we got here, because Nicole is one of highest-touted players in the country and this area. She was no surprise. In addition to her talent, it’s her drive. I’ve seen a lot of talented players over my days, but I haven’t seen many with her drive. She wants to be coached and she doesn’t make excuses. She listens, and then she goes and asks questions. She’s that player that is a student of the game, and it’s okay that she always wants to know why. She always tells me ‘Coach, I want to be better.’ She never accepts where she is.”
“Coach Adair has been able to teach me so much and has opened my eyes about some things that I don’t do. She really harps on the things I need to work on just as much as she harps on the things I do really well. I really love that about her. She’ll tell me to go left if I go right too much, and to definitely take the open shots. Just having the confidence that she gives me, I was able to thrive on that today.”
   ·   Nicole Enabosi’s performance was just the fifth 20-20 game in school history. Delaware Athletics Hall of Famer Lori Howard previously accomplished the feat in both the 1979-80 and 1980-81 seasons while Sharon Wisler did so during the 1988-89 season and Donna Werner did so during the 1983-84 campaign.
   ·   Enabosi posted the first 20-20 game in the CAA since the 2012-13 season. That year, Hofstra’s Shante Evans had 33 points and 23 boards against George Mason (1/31/13) while William & Mary’s Emily Correal has 24 points and 21 rebounds in the season opener against East Carolina (11/9/12).
   ·   Abby Gonzales missed her first career game due to a concussion.
   ·   The Blue Hens have won 13 straight over Loyola and are 14-1 all-time against the Greyhounds.
   ·   Delaware outrebounded Loyola, 48-37, and held a 22-4 scoring margin off the bench.
   ·   UD has won three straight and five of its last six contests.
   ·   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.)
   ·   Sunday, January 7 – Delaware at College of Charleston * – 1 p.m. – TD Arena (Charleston, S.C.)
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