NEWARK, Del. – Delaware had four players with at least 14 points and reached 80 points in regulation for the second time this season in Friday afternoon’s 80-66 victory over reigning CAA champion Elon.
The win marked the first-ever for the Blue Hens (8-5, 1-1 CAA) over the Phoenix (9-4, 1-1 CAA) at the Bob Carpenter Center.
Sophomore Bailey Kargo led all scorers with a career-high 21 points on 7-of-10 shooting, including a mark of 5-for-6 from behind the 3-point arc, in 39 minutes of play.
Classmates Abby Gonzales (at right) and Samone DeFreese added 16 and 14 points, respectively. Gonzales also dished out eight assists to go along with four rebounds while DeFreese collected seven rebounds and three assists.
Junior Nicole Enabosi tallied 16 points, eight rebounds and five assists for the Hens.
Ra'Shika White guided Elon with 23 points and eight rebounds while Meme Garner posted 15 points and Shay Burnett, the CAA Preseason Player of the Year, logged 14 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists.
Head Coach Natasha Adair
[On topping Elon]: “Today’s game is a measuring stick for our group. Elon is a team that won the CAA Championship a season ago. I know [Elon head coach] Charlotte [Smith] well, and her team is taking on her mindset from when she was a player. Elon is very tough, very disciplined and they have big-time players. I felt like we were ready today, and we prepared all week for this challenge. Our players executed the game plan very well. I want people to know we have talent on our team too. With Nicole [Enabosi] sitting down for a stretch in the first half, our supporting cast of Samone [DeFreese], Abby [Gonzalez] and Bailey [Kargo] stepped up and showed that we are a team and not just Nicole. Today’s effort shows the balance of our group, and them being more comfortable with the system we’ve put in place.”
[On offensive efficiency]: “We shared the ball so much and so well today, whether we were facing man or zone. Nicole [Enabosi] commands so much attention and she’s doing a good job of being disciplined. She allows the double-team to come and then finds the open person. We work with her on finding the open player when she gets that double coverage. I thought when Elon shifted into zone, our first two possessions were quick and we rushed shots. We talked about letting the zone shift and moving the ball when they collapsed on Nicole. Nicole today found her teammates perfectly.”
Sophomore Bailey Kargo
“Today’s victory was huge for us. The way we shot the ball today was night and day compared to Drexel [last week]. We played lockdown defense today, which we need to be doing consistently. If we do that consistently we’re going to get great wins like today.”
[On having a career day]: “My teammates did a great job today of finding me. Everyone was driving to the basket today, which is what the coaches have been trying to instill in us. Today we didn’t settle for jumpshots, which helped. Nicole was doubled again, but she did a good job of passing out of the double team. Her passing allowed me to get shots up today.”
Sophomore Samone DeFreese (at right)
[On playing for Natasha Adair]: “When Coach Adair took the job, she immediately came in and set the expectations in terms of what would get you on the floor. She talked about going for rebounds and making hustle plays, doing the things that not everyone does. I told her from the start that I could be that player for her. It’s not about me scoring; it’s about me doing what we need to do in order to be successful as a team. I let her know that early on, and she set her expectations for me. She continues to challenge me. The biggest thing she kept telling me was that last year doesn’t matter. Last season doesn’t dictate the player you’re going to be this year or in the future. Coach setting the tone has allowed me to be successful and confident. It changes the whole game for me.”
   ·   The Blue Hens have won three straight at home and four out of the last five overall.
   ·   Delaware’s 50.9 shooting percentage was the best for an Elon opponent this season. Iowa shot .449 against the Phoenix on November 25.
   ·   The Hens shot a season-best .533 (8-15) from 3-point land.
   ·   UD registered 22 assists while six players had at least one assist on the day.
   ·   The Blue Hens snapped Elon’s 10-game winning streak against CAA foes, a mark that held since the Phoenix lost to James Madison on February 12, 2017.
   ·   Sunday, January 7 – Delaware at College of Charleston * – 1 p.m. – TD Arena (Charleston, S.C.)
   ·   Friday, January 12 – Delaware at Hofstra * – 7 p.m. – Mack Sports Complex (Hempstead, N.Y.)
   ·   Sunday, January 14 – Towson at Delaware * – 2 p.m. – Bob Carpenter Center (Newark, Del.)
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