NEWARK, Del. – It was a nail biter throughout, but in the end Delaware gutted out the 51-49 victory over Towson Sunday afternoon at the Bob Carpenter Center.
The win marked a season-best fourth straight for the Hens, who move to 11-5 overall and 4-1 in CAA play.
The Tigers held a one-point lead with 13 seconds remaining in regulation before Delaware sophomore Abby Gonzales drained the go-ahead 3-pointer off a kick-out pass from junior Nicole Enabosi. Enabosi knocked down two free throws with three seconds left on the clock to seal the victory.
Gonzales and Enabosi each finished with 14 points while Enabosi grabbed 10 rebounds for her 12th double double of the year to go along with five blocked shots. Gonzales added a game-high five assists for the Hens.
Sophomore Samone DeFreese followed with her second straight game of 11 rebounds.
Mary Cuevas led Towson (7-10, 2-4 CAA) with 15 points and 13 rebounds while Danielle Durjan tallied 15 points and five rebounds.
Head Coach Natasha Adair
“Down the stretch we made the free throws that we needed to make. We got the stops we needed to get, and just presence of mind from Nicole being doubled to kick it out to Abby. And we talked about where the double teams were coming right in that timeout. They’re coming, and whoever they help off of be ready to kick it to that person, and you gotta just knock it down. This is a gutty group, and this is a group that plays together. They don’t care who gets the credit. They trust one another. And we don’t care what it looks like sometimes. I don’t want them all to look like this, but to be able to protect home court in a very competitive game and to come out with a win, a toughness win, I’m very proud of this group.”
Sophomore Abby Gonzales
“It was a draining game, but at the same time, it’s so rewarding at the end, especially to get the ‘W.’ Coach said it was going to be a war and the toughest team was going to win. I think we were that tougher team today and we came out on top. We’ve definitely learned from the beginning [of the season]. The first couple of games didn’t go our way, but we learned from our mistakes and how to come back in those last minute possessions.”
[On Abby Gonzales’ game-winning 3-pointer]: “Abby was wide open. I had the confidence and faith that she was going to knock it out and I think everyone on our bench had the confidence that she was going knock it down. What’s special about this team is that we all have confidence in ourselves and in each other. It was a great win, great shot by her and just a great game.”
“I think we were very disciplined today. I think we stuck together when we needed each other the most out there. We battled. We battled on the inside. We battled through fatigue. We battled through our missed shots. We were able to come together as a team, and just battled this whole game. So it was a well fought game, and I’m glad that we were able to come out with the victory.”
   ·   The Blue Hens have won seven of their last eight games.
   ·   Sunday’s game was the 75th all-time matchup between Delaware and Towson.
   ·   The Hens have won 10 straight over the Tigers at the Bob Carpenter Center and are 54-21 all-time against TU.
   ·   UD held a 12-6 advantage in assists and also blocked nine shots to Towson’s seven.
   ·   Nicole Enabosi continues to near the 1,000 career point mark and currently sits with 977 for her three-year career.
   ·   Friday, January 19 – Delaware at UNCW * – 7 p.m. – Trask Coliseum (Wilmington, N.C.)
   ·   Sunday, January 21 – Delaware at Elon * – 1 p.m. – Alumni Gym (Elon, N.C.)
   ·   Friday, January 26 – Northeastern at Delaware * – 7 p.m. – Bob Carpenter Center (Newark, Del.)
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