This Week in Blue Hens Athletics History

Presented by Courtyard By Marriott at the University of Delaware

University of Delaware Athletics takes a weekly look back at some memorable dates in Blue Hen history.

February 12, 2000

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Leyfert Scores 1,000th Point as Blue Hens Down Northeastern on the Road

BOSTON  -- Junior forward Danielle Leyfert exploded for a season-high 24 points, including the 1,000th of her career, as the University of Delaware moved into sole possession of third place in the America East standings with a 66-61 women's basketball win over host Northeastern at Cabot Gym.

Leyfert, a 5-11 forward from Vienna, Va. (Oakton HS), hit on 8 of 17 field goals and converted on 8 of 10 free throws while pulling a team-high nine rebounds to lead Delaware (16-7, 9-5 America East) to its fourth straight victory.

Northeastern, which entered the day in third place in the league standings, fell to 13-10, 8-5 despite 28 points from all-league guard Tesha Tinsley.

The Blue Hens, who also defeated Boston University Thursday night, swept their two-game Boston road swing for the first time since joining America East in 1991-92. The Hens, whose four straight America East wins ties a school record, also swept the season series from Northeastern for the first time as head coach Tina Martin led her team to a win at Cabot for the first time in four tries.

Delaware rallied from an early deficit that saw the Hens trail 15-4 in the first six minutes of the contest. But the Hens regrouped thanks to a late 14-0 run that eventually put them up 33-32 at halftime. The Hens held Northeastern scoreless for five minutes during the run.

The Hens led the entire second half, going up by as much as 14 points at 58-44 with nine minutes left to play. Leyfert did most of the damage, scoring 12 points in the first 10 minutes of the second stanza. Northeasten chipped away at the lead and pulled to within six points at 62-56 with 42 seconds left, but Leyfert and Christine Koren each connected on two free throws in the final minute to ice the victory.

"This win is a giant step for our program," said Martin, whose team matched last year's win total when the squad went 16-11 and placed fifth in the final league standings. "This is the first time we've ever swept any league road trip in America East. It was a just a great win on the road. Our team really showed tremendous character coming back from such a big early deficit."

Cindy Johnson added 14 points, Christine Cole had seven points and eight rebounds, and Lindsay Davis sparked the Hens with seven points, six rebounds, and four assists off the bench.

Leyfert, Delaware's second leading scorer at 13.2 points per game, became the second UD 1,000-point scorer in a week, joining Johnson who hit the mark Feb. 5 vs. Drexel. Leyfert becomes just the fourth player in UD history to reach the milestone as a junior.