NEWARK, Del. – The Blue Hens exploded for a 28-point third quarter and had four players post double figure scoring efforts Sunday afternoon and Delaware collected the 80-62 victory over UNCW at the Bob Carpenter Center.
Down by one at halftime, the Hens (13-7, 6-3 CAA) rallied to outscore the Seahawks (7-13, 0-9 CAA), 28-11, in the third stanza.
Junior Nicole Enabosi led the pack with 21 points and 16 rebounds to go along with three steals.
Sophomore Samone DeFreese added 17 points, eight rebounds and four assists while classmate Abby Gonzales (at left) logged 15 points and eight assists. Fellow sophomore Rebecca Lawrence contributed a career-best 10 points with five rebounds and four blocks.
Madison Raque guided UNCW with 21 points while Rebekah Banks tallied a double double of 11 points and 12 rebounds.
Head Coach Natasha Adair
“Today was about all of the little things that Delaware basketball stands for. At halftime, I told them we needed one of our spurts. We know we’re a team that has an ability to gain momentum in the third quarter. We don’t have to get on them too much about our effort or energy. Today was about reminding them of who they are. They were collapsing with three or four people on Nicole, playing a zone, which forced us to shoot. I reminded them that the shots we were getting are ones that we practice every day, and that as a coaching staff we were giving them the green light because everyone on the floor could make those shots. It was all about us shooting with confidence. As the game wore on you saw us gaining confidence and becoming more comfortable. Our motto is ‘to share the love,’ it doesn’t matter who gets the ball or what player. It’s about team defense and team basketball. It's a joy for me to see them have fun while executing the game plan. We needed this. It was good to get a win at home in front of our fans, but most importantly our kids needed this. I’m very proud of them.” 
“In the beginning of the game we were getting frustrated. It’s really hard as a player to limit distractions and focus on the controllable things. At halftime Coach Adair talked about how we needed to play our game, and that we needed to focus on things we could control. In the second half I think we did a good job of focusing on playing Delaware basketball and that allowed us to pull out the victory.”
[On the coaching staff calming her down]: “The coaches saw I was getting frustrated in the first half, so they took me out for a minute and told me to regroup. Coach A told me to calm down and to focus on playing through adversity. That allowed me to calm down and sit with my teammates. In the second half it was completely different. I forgot about what went wrong in the first half and played my game.”
“I was focused today on my defense because I’ve been struggling with post defense lately. I took what I learned the first time we played them and locked in on my keys for post defense. Today took a lot of focus and concentration.”
[On the halftime adjustments]: “Coach Adair reinforced that we needed to play Delaware basketball and that we couldn’t let UNCW change our game plan. We needed to play like we were capable of playing. She talked about our focus and how we were playing undisciplined on the defensive end of the floor. In the second half, we just locked in.”
   ·   The Blue Hens are outscoring opponents, 394-292, in the third quarter this season.
   ·   Delaware tied a season-high with 28 points in the third quarter. The Hens previously posted 28 in the third at Army (Dec. 6) and at UNCW (Jan. 19).
   ·   The Hens are 4-1 this season in games in which they score 80 points or more.
   ·   The last time Delaware accumulated 80-plus points at least five times in a season came during the 2011-12 campaign.
   ·   UD has won six straight and 15 of the last 16 over UNCW.
   ·   Sunday, February 4 – Delaware at Northeastern * – 2 p.m. – Cabot Center (Boston, Mass.)
   ·   Friday, February 9 – William & Mary at Delaware * – 7 p.m. – Bob Carpenter Center (Newark, Del.)
   ·   Sunday, February 11 – Hofstra at Delaware * – 2 p.m. – Bob Carpenter Center (Newark, Del.)
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