Buchanan Guides Blue Hens in Final Minutes as Delaware Prevails Over Northeastern, 63-61, in CAA Quarters
UPPER MARLBORO, Md. – Senior Kelsey Buchanan (South Riding, Va.) scored 13 points in the final eight minutes as the second-seeded University of Delaware women's basketball team came from behind to defeat seventh-seeded Northeastern, 63-61, Friday evening in the Colonial Athletic Association Quarterfinals, held at The Show Place Arena.
Buchanan finished the evening with a game-high 21 points in addition to eight rebounds while redshirt sophomore Joy Caracciolo (at left; Manassas, Va.) tallied her third double double of the season with 16 points and 12 rebounds for the Blue Hens.
Delaware (19-9), the two-time defending league champions, trailed by as many as 10 points in the second half, but took the lead for good with 1:31 to play after freshman guard Erika Brown (below right; Haledon, N.J.) converted a huge three-point play to secure a 60-58 lead.
Following a missed Northeastern (12-18) baseline jumper, Buchanan calmly nailed two shots from the charity stripe and UD was able to hold on for the win after the Huskies’ last-shot effort for the tie hit the side of the rim as the clock expired.
Sophomore guard Courtni Green (Winchester, Va.) added 12 points and five rebounds for the Hens, while Brown scored all nine of her points in the second half.
Northeastern was led by Jewell Tunstull, who recorded 12 points and 14 boards. Samantha DeFreese also paced the Huskies with 16 points and grabbed eight boards.
The Blue Hens advance to Saturday’s semifinals to face third-seeded College of Charleston in a contest that will be aired on Comcast SportsNet at 2:30 p.m.
Head Coach Tina Martin
“First of all, I want to tip my hat to Northeastern. They played a great ballgame and are a very veteran and talented team. Jewel Tunstull is very tough to guard and she gave us some fits today. At times today we attacked really well and got some layups and other times were not so great. That’s to be expected with such a young squad. The motto in March is to ‘survive and move on’ and that’s exactly what we’re doing. I’m very proud of my kids. They did not hang their heads at all today.”
Senior Kelsey Buchanan
“We really kept our composure today; I feel it was really hard to keep us down. We knew we had to take good shots and just stay within ourselves. We executed our plays well in the final minutes and stayed focused.”
· Delaware has won its first game in the CAA Tournament in each of the last five seasons.
· UD has won seven straight and 10 of its last 11 CAA Tournament contests.
· The Blue Hens have won at least 19 games in each of the last four seasons and 12 of the last 14.
· UD is 20-10 all-time in the CAA Tournament.
· The Hens are now 32-11 all-time over the Huskies, including a mark of 3-0 in CAA Tournament play.
· Saturday, March 15 - #2 Delaware vs. #3 College of Charleston - CAA Semifinals – 2:30 p.m. – Show Place Arena (Upper Marlboro, Md.)
· Sunday, March 16 – (with win) – CAA Tournament Championship Game – Noon – Show Place Arena (Upper Marlboro, Md.)
· Further post-season play TBA