HARRISONBURG, Va. – The University of Delaware women’s basketball team suffered the largest margin of defeat since 2008 Sunday afternoon as James Madison University stifled the Blue Hens, 87-51, at the Convocation Center.

The Hens previously suffered a 39-point setback to former CAA foe Old Dominion University in a 76-37 loss on Jan. 27, 2008.

The loss also marks the first for Delaware in CAA regular season and tournament action since the 2010-11 season when the Dukes defeated the Blue Hens, 67-61, in the championship final of the CAA Tournament.

Delaware (10-4, 2-1 CAA) held its own throughout the first half as the Blue Hens were down just three at halftime at 27-24, but JMU (11-4, 1-0 CAA) proved to be too much in the second half as the Hens were outscored, 60-27, in the final stanza.

With just over 13 minutes remaining in the game, UD was within nine points at 42-33 before the Dukes went on a 19-6 run to take a 61-39 advantage.  JMU held the Blue Hens to just two points in the final 3:47 while scoring 13 points of its own.

Freshman Erika Brown (at bottom left; Haledon, N.J.) led Delaware with 12 points and a career-high nine rebounds in addition to two assists.

Senior Kelsey Buchanan (at top right; South Riding, Va.) added 10 points and eight rebounds for the Blue Hens, who outrebounded the Dukes, 44-39, in the game.

James Madison senior Kirby Burkholder paced the way for the Dukes with a career-best 33 points on a career-high-tying seven three-pointers.  Nikki Newman contributed eight points and game highs of 11 rebounds and seven assists for JMU.

Head Coach Tina Martin – “We missed shots early in the second half and then Kirby [Burkholder] went on a run.  We hung our heads and came back to the offensive end and missed several layups.  We missed 13 free throws and a bunch on the front end of a 1-and-1 situation.  You can’t do that on someone else’s court and expect to win, especially on this court and against a Top-40 team in the county.  We quit once we were down by 20 and that’s an immaturity on our player’s parts that we are going to have to correct.  This just wasn’t our day.”

Senior Tri-Captain Kelsey Buchanan – “In the second half, it was our defense that let it get away and then things snowballed.  We were communicating, but we just weren’t making and finishing plays.  There were times that we lost her [Burkholder] in transition and I totally take the blame for that.”
Freshman Guard Erika Brown – “As the point guard of the team, the biggest learning experience I take out of this is that I have to make sure that as a team we don’t give up.  If there’s time left in the game, we can make a comeback.  I need to motivate my teammates more when we’re not hitting shots and we have to make stops on the defensive end.”

      ·  Delaware has had at least two players score in double figures in all 14 games this season.
      ·  UD and JMU are now tied at 13-13 in the all-time series, which began during the 1997-98 season.
      ·  The Hens had a three-game winning streak against the Dukes snapped.  JMU’s last victory at home against UD came on Feb. 18, 2010.
      ·  Today’s game marked the largest loss ever against James Madison.
      ·  The two teams will match up again this season with a Feb. 20 meeting at the Bob Carpenter Center.
      ·  Kelsey Buchanan has scored double figures in all 14 games this season.

      ·  Friday, Jan. 17 – UNCW at Delaware* - 7 p.m. – Bob Carpenter Center (Newark, Del.)
      ·  Sunday, Jan. 19 – Drexel at Delaware* - 2 p.m. – Bob Carpenter Center (Newark, Del.)
      ·  Sunday, Jan. 26 – Delaware at College of Charleston* - 2 p.m. – TD Arena (Charleston, S.C.)