PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – A balanced attack led No. 5 University of Delaware to a 61-50 win over No. 4 Northeastern University in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Championship quarterfinals on Thursday afternoon at Drexel’s Daskalakis Athletic Center.
With the win, the Blue Hens (19-11) advance to face top-seeded Drexel at 3 p.m. Friday in semifinals action.
All five starters for the Blue Hens scored at least five points while CAA Player of the Year Nicole Enabosi (Gaithersburg, Md./Our Lady of Good Counsel) posted her 23rd double-double of the year as she finished the game with 16 points and 14 rebounds to go along with five assists, three blocked shots and three steals.
Sophomore Abby Gonzales (Wexford, Pa./North Allegheny) added 13 points while classmates Samone DeFreese (Bergenfield, N.J./Berkshire (Mass.)) collected 11 points, seven rebounds and two steals and Rebecca Lawrence (Ridgefield, Conn./Ridgefield) logged nine points, three rebounds and three blocks.
Jess Genco paced the Huskies (16-14) with 23 points, 14 of which came in the second half as Northeastern attempted a comeback that fell just short.
Head Coach Natasha Adair
“I couldn’t be prouder of this group. This group wants the ultimate goal and the preparation and commitment that this group has put in has been tremendous. We see it night in and night out with their work ethic and with their selfless acts towards each other. We’ve been challenging them to put it all together and to see that today makes me proud. I thought our defense was stellar today because Northeastern is a very good, disciplined team that can put up points. I’m proud of the way we played UD basketball today. It’s tough, it’s relentless and it’s unforgiving. We need to keep that momentum rolling into tomorrow.”
“Northeastern is a great team and they really emphasize on our mistakes, so we needed to limit those so they couldn’t benefit off of it. I thought we played very good Delaware team defense today with touching the ball and communication. We did a good job with passing lanes and having each others’ backs.”
Sophomore Abby Gonzales
“It feels good to be on top this time. We knew that Northeastern is the best 3-point shooting team in the CAA and that defense was a big emphasis for us. We knew we had to get touches on the ball and close out on rebounds. Communication was key and we need to continue to put together a whole 40 minutes.”
   ·   Delaware tied a program and CAA Tournament record by holding Northeastern to just three points in the second quarter. The Hens previously held Marist to three points in the fourth quarter on November 19, 2015.
   ·   NU’s one field goal in the second quarter also set a CAA Tournament record.
   ·   The Blue Hens have reached 19 wins, the most since the 2013-14 campaign when Delaware went 20-11.
   ·   Delaware advances to the CAA Semifinals for the 14th time in program history and first time since the 2015-16 season.
   ·   The Blue Hens snapped a three-game losing streak to the Huskies.
   ·   Friday, March 9 – No. 5 Delaware at No. 1 Drexel – CAA Tournament Semifinals – 3 p.m. – Daskalakis Athletic Center (Philadelphia, Pa.)
   ·   Saturday, March 10 – Delaware at CAA Tournament Finals – Opponent TBD – 1 p.m. – Daskalakis Athletic Center (Philadelphia, Pa.)
   ·   Further Postseason Play TBD
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