Hens Notch First CAA Win by Defeating UNCW, 63-52
WILMINGTON, N.C. – Led by a career day from freshman Abby Gonzales (Wexford, Pa./North Allegheny), Delaware snapped a three-game losing streak with a 63-52 victory over UNCW at Trask Coliseum early Friday afternoon.
In total, four Blue Hens registered double-digit scoring performances while Gonzales led the way with 16 points. Gonzales finished the day with four 3-pointers as she bookended the game with two in the first and fourth quarters.
UNCW opened the second half with five points to take the one-point lead, but Delaware knocked down nine straight points and never looked back. The Hens went up by as much as 17 with less than four minutes remaining in the contest.
Senior Erika Brown (at left; Paterson, N.J./John F. Kennedy), redshirt junior Sadé Chatman (St. Paul, Minn./St. Paul Central) and sophomore Nicole Enabosi (Gaithersburg, Md./Our Lady of Good Counsel) each posted 12 points in the win. Chatman and Enabosi also each collected eight rebounds while Brown dished out three assists for Delaware (7-6, 1-1 CAA).
Jasmine Steele guided the Seahawks (5-8, 0-2 CAA) with 16 points while Jenny DeGraaf posted 11. Rebekah Banks tallied a game-high 11 rebounds as UNCW loses its third consecutive contest.
Head Coach Tina Martin
“We made very good decisions today and we pulled it out when we needed to. They did a great job today and I couldn’t be prouder of this team. I thought the chemistry was great on the floor and on the bench. Everyone was very into it and they were all cheering for each other. We need to be this focused for a very good Elon team to wrap this road trip. We’ve had a monkey on our back and hopefully this can springboard us.”
Freshman Abby Gonzales
“All you need is that one spark. I try to do that every game right off the bat and get into a groove because that can really set the tone for the game. It’s not just me though as I get the assist from someone and it’s a team effort. We’re looking to get back on the winning track.”
· Tina Martin now holds 399 career victories. She would become just the fifth head coach in University of Delaware athletics history to reach the 400-win mark.
· The Blue Hens outrebounded the Seahawks, 34-30.
· Delaware shot a season-high 51.9 percent on 27-of-52 shooting from the field. The Hens last shot over 51 percent with a .547 (29-53) performance against the College of Charleston on January 22, 2015.
· 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.)
· Sunday, January 15 – Delaware at Hofstra – 4 p.m. – Mack Sports Complex (Hempstead, N.Y.)