Delaware Drops CAA Lid-Lifter, 60-49, to William & Mary
NEWARK, Del. – Turnovers and offensive woes hindered the Blue Hens Monday afternoon as Delaware fell, 60-49, to William & Mary in the CAA opener at the Bob Carpenter Center.
The loss marked the third straight for the Hens, who fall to 6-6 overall after opening the year with a 4-0 mark.
UD posted 18 turnovers while sophomore Nicole Enabosi (Gaithersburg, Md./Our Lady of Good Counsel) and redshirt junior Sadé Chatman (at left; St. Paul, Minn./St. Paul Central) combined for 36 of Delaware’s 49 points. The Tribe outscored the Blue Hens, 17-0, off the bench and also registered 25 points off UD turnovers.
After jumping out to a 23-17 first quarter lead, Delaware tallied just 12 total points in the second and third quarters and shot 4-of-24 (.167) from the field during that span.
Enabosi led the Hens for the second consecutive game with 20 points and 12 rebounds for her fifth double double of the season. Chatman added 16 points and seven rebounds in 33 minutes of play.
William & Mary (11-1, 1-0 CAA), who has won 11 straight contests, received double figure scoring from three different players. Alex Masaquel and Abby Rendle led the way with 13 points apiece while Bianca Boggs notched 10 of her own. Rendle also collected seven rebounds and four blocked shots.
Head Coach Tina Martin
“Right now, our struggles are on the offensive end of the floor. We have to take care of the ball and make shots when the opportunities present themselves. Between turnovers and shot percentages, we have got to get better. We’re going through some growing pains right now, but we’ll continue to work hard.”
Redshirt junior Sadé Chatman
“You don’t win a conference championship with the first game and we’re going to continue to play hard no matter what.”
Sophomore Nicole Enabosi
“We got sloppy with the ball and made some silly mistakes in the second and third quarters. We need to learn how to push through that and build and grow together. There are a lot of things that we need to clean up this week in practice.”
· The Hens have lost three straight CAA openers and are now 11-5 all-time in the league’s lid-lifter.
· The Tribe snapped a three-game losing streak to the Blue Hens.
· William & Mary held the 39-30 rebounding advantage and also dished out 23 assists to just nine for Delaware.
· Friday, January 6 – Delaware at UNCW * – 11:30 a.m. – Trask Coliseum (Wilmington, N.C.)
· Sunday, January 8 – Delaware at Elon * – 2 p.m. – Alumni Gym (Elon, N.C.)
· Friday, January 13 – James Madison at Delaware * – 7 p.m. – Bob Carpenter Center (Newark, Del.)