NEWARK, Del. – The University of Delaware women’s basketball team celebrated the most successful season in program history Monday evening at the squad’s annual awards banquet, held at the sold-out Executive Banquet and Conference Center.
The 15th-ranked Blue Hens completed the finest season in school history with a record of 32-4 while going undefeated in Colonial Athletic Association action for the second straight season en route to back-to-back league titles. Additionally, Delaware advances to the NCAA Sweet 16 following victories over West Virginia and No. 13 North Carolina for the first time in school history.
The evening honored a sensational senior class that featured recent WNBA draft pick Elena Delle Donne, three-time All-CAA selection Lauren Carra, Delaware’s all-time leading rebounder Danielle Parker, standout guards Kayla Miller, Trumae Lucas and Jaquetta May in addition to forward Chelsea Craig.
Furthermore, the Blue Hens handed out awards including Most Outstanding Player, Most Outstanding Defensive Player, Most Improved Player and Unsung Hero.
Delle Donne, a consensus All-American, was named the team’s Most Outstanding Player for the fourth consecutive season while Carra and Parker were each honored as the team’s Most Outstanding Defensive Player. May and Miller each received the team’s Most Improved Player honor and Craig earned the Roy Timmer Award as the team’s Unsung Hero.
Lucas was presented the Joyce Perry Coaches Award, named in memory of long-time Delaware head coach Joyce Perry, who was at the helm of the Blue Hen program for 18 seasons from 1978 until 1996.
A three-time CAA Player of the Year, two-time CAA Scholar-Athlete of the Year and Honda National Player of the Year honoree, Delle Donne finished her illustrious career fifth all-time in NCAA history with 3,039 career points. The four-time All-American holds 11 Delaware career records in addition to five CAA career records in addition to being just one of four players in UD history to collect at least 1,000 career points and 1,000 career rebounds.
Parker, who played in a school-record 136 consecutive games, also holds Delaware records with 1,064 career rebounds and 144 total games played. Additionally, Parker collected 1,113 career points, good for 16th in UD history, to join Delle Donne as one of four to post 1,000 career rebounds and 1,000 career points. The forward registered 18 career doubles doubles while finishing fifth in the CAA as a senior with an average of 8.7 rebounds per contest.
A three-time All-CAA selection, Carra sits second in Delaware history with 171 three-point field goals made and 134 games played. Carra missed just two games during her four seasons with UD and finished 10th overall with 1,275 career points. The guard was recently one of eight in the nation selected to compete in the State Farm® Women’s 3-Point Championships.
May put up the best season as a senior after battling a foot injury at the start of her career. The guard played in all 36 of UD’s games this season while recording 4.8 points and 4.4 rebounds per game in addition to 28 assists, 22 steals, 21 blocks and a 47.9 shooing percentage. May finished tied for 16th in Delaware history with 49 blocks and 19th overall with a 43.9 shooting mark.
Miller, the team’s staring point guard for the majority of the season, also came back to the Blue Hens following back surgery two seasons ago to finish off a successful career at Delaware. Miller is 14th in school history with 256 career assists (in just three seasons) and tied for 18th with 29 career three-pointers made. This past season, Miller finished 17th nationally with a +2.18 assist to turnover ratio and led the Hens with 109 assists (3.0 per game).
Craig, a two-time team captain, earned the Roy Timmer Award as the Unsung Hero. As a four-year member of the Blue Hens, Craig helped lead the team to a mark of 104-32 over her career while playing in 19 games with six points.
Lucas, who played for two seasons after transferring to Delaware, played in all 69 games as a junior and senior for the Blue Hens. The guard tallied a 1.5 assist to turnover ratio, good for fifth in the CAA, this past season. During her time at UD, Lucas averaged 6.7 points, 2.3 rebounds and 3.0 assists per contest. Most recently, she was named to the CAA All-Tournament team after putting up 10.0 points, 2.7 assists, 2.3 rebounds and 2.0 steals for the Hens.
The evening concluded with a highlight film featuring each game during the team’s historic run to the NCAA Sweet 16 and behind-the-scenes footage filmed by Miller at the CAA Tournament.