ELON, N.C. – It was a battle until the end, but fouls got the best of the Blue Hens in Sunday afternoon’s 64-51 loss to Elon at Alumni Hall.
Sophomore Samone DeFreese led Delaware (12-6, 5-2 CAA) with her four double double of the season with 10 points and career-high 14 rebounds in 34 minutes.
Freshman Lizzie Oleary posted a season-high 13 points for the Hens while tying a season-best with seven rebounds.
Delaware led, 27-23, at halftime before the Phoenix (12-6, 4-3 CAA) outscored the Blue Hens, 21-11, including 11 made free throws, in the third quarter.
Malaya Johnson, who reached the 1,000-point mark for her career in the fourth quarter, guided Elon with 16 points and 13 rebounds while Shay Burnett notched 16 points and seven rebounds.
Head Coach Natasha Adair
“Tough game. We knew coming back for the second time and on their home court, this is a championship team and a championship mindset. [Elon head coach] Charlotte [Smith] does a phenomenal job with her program. But I don’t think we played Delaware basketball for 40 minutes. I thought we played it in spurts. When it was time to gut down and get stops, they took advantage and really attacked us off the dribble. I thought they did a really good job inside on those second and third opportunities, that’s something they do really well. They were the aggressor. Anytime you put a team on the free throw line 36 times and they convert 29 points, you can’t beat anyone with that. One thing our team does is fight. We had to be more disciplined today. I felt like there was opportunities to advance the game and we just kept fouling instead of getting the stops. I thought we had wide-open looks and the ball just didn’t fall for us today. No excuses for our group, we’ll go back and improve. You have to have a short memory in this league because next week will be another war. This is a tough one because this is a competitive group and to be able to go on the road and compete against a tough team is hard. We didn’t make enough finishing and winning plays to secure the victory. My hat goes off to Elon.”
   ·   Rebecca Lawrence swatted a career-high five Elon shots.
   ·   Nicole Enabosi was held to single digit points for the first time since March 9, 2017.
   ·   The Blue Hens committed a season-high 28 fouls.
   ·   Delaware led by as much as nine in the second quarter.
   ·   The Hens snapped a season-high five-game winning streak.
   ·   Friday, January 26 – Northeastern at Delaware * – 7 p.m. – Bob Carpenter Center (Newark, Del.)
   ·   Sunday, January 28 – UNCW at Delaware * – 1 p.m. – Bob Carpenter Center (Newark, Del.)
   ·   Sunday, February 4 – Delaware at Northeastern * – 2 p.m. – Cabot Center (Boston, Mass.)
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