NEWARK, Del. – James Madison blocked a Delaware 3-pointer as time wound down Friday evening and a Blue Hens comeback was cut short by a final score of 56-53 at the Bob Carpenter Center.
The Hens (15-9, 8-5 CAA), who trailed by eight early in the fourth quarter, came within two points multiple times in the final stanza, but were never able to overcome the deficit.
Junior Nicole Enabosi registered her 18th double-double of the season with 17 points and 11 rebounds in 40 minutes of play.
Sophomore Rebecca Lawrence added nine points and a game-high four blocked shots while classmate Samone DeFreese collected five points and seven rebounds. Fellow sophomore Abby Gonzales (at right) recorded six points, five assists and four rebounds.
Kelly Koshuta led the Dukes (17-8, 13-1 CAA) with 16 points while Lexie Barrier notched 14 points of her own. Logan Reynolds dished out a game-best nine assists.
Head Coach Natasha Adair
“I’m proud of this group and the fight that they continually show. We weren’t playing not to lose; we were competing until the final buzzer. We put our heart in everything and it’s tough to let this one go, but you have to have a short memory and we can’t let this hangover into Sunday’s game. I don’t believe in moral victories, as the end result wasn’t what we wanted, but we did a lot of things right and executed the game plan. This felt like March basketball already and for us to be playing some of our best ball heading into March, then I feel good about this team. There’s no quit in this group. They are just relentless in their efforts and pursuits to victory.”
“It kind of felt like a championship game today. JMU’s a great team and if we can play like this against the top team in the conference, we’ll be just fine. We’re in a good position. We hit shots every day in practice, they just need to fall in game situations.”
Sophomore Bailey Kargo
“We knew what we were coming into with JMU atop the conference. We definitely brought the energy and showed that we can compete with the best in the CAA. It’s a heartbreaking loss, losing by three and not hitting that final shot, but we have so much to be proud of. We executed the game plan; it just came down to the little possessions that we need to improve upon.”
   ·   Delaware outrebounded James Madison, 41-35.
   ·   Nicole Enabosi moved into 10th place in the Delaware record books with 806 career rebounds and 19th overall with 1,109 career points.
   ·   Abby Gonzales became the first Blue Hen to eclipse 100 assists in a season since current Director of Operations Kayla Miller dished out 109 during the 2012-13 campaign.
   ·   Friday’s game marked the annual #Play4Kay Women’s Health Awareness Pink Game.
   ·   UD was held without multiple double-digit scorers for the first time since a 53-49 overtime loss at Drexel on February 19, 2017.
   ·   Sunday, February 18 – College of Charleston at Delaware * – 1 p.m. – SENIOR DAY – Bob Carpenter Center (Newark, Del.)
   ·   Friday, February 23 – Delaware at William & Mary * – 7 p.m. – Kaplan Arena (Williamsburg, Va.)
   ·   Sunday, February 25 – Delaware at James Madison * – 2 p.m. – JMU Convocation Center (Harrisonburg, Va.)
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