NEWARK, Del. – The University of Delaware women’s basketball team jumped out to a 15-2 lead and never looked back as the Blue Hens picked up a 74-65 victory over Northeastern Thursday evening at the Bob Carpenter Center.

UD spread the offensive wealth against Northeastern as four players scored at least 10 points on the night.

Blue Hens senior Kelsey Buchanan (South Riding, Va.) led the way once again for Delaware (12-6, 4-3 CAA) as the center scored a game-high 26 points in addition to pulling down seven rebounds.

Redshirt sophomore Joy Caracciolo (Manassas, Va.) tied a career-best with 14 points while freshman Hannah Jardine (St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada) tallied her first double digit scoring game with 10 points.  Sophomore Courtni Green (Winchester, Va.) added 12 points and five assists in the victory.

Delaware redshirt freshman Jodi Salyer (Roanoke, Va.) tied a career-high with six of the Blue Hens’ 17 assists.

The win snapped a rare two-game losing streak for the two-time CAA defending champion Hens, who defeated the Huskies for the 24th straight time and improved to 16-2 all-time against NU in Newark.

Northeastern (7-12, 1-5 CAA), which lost its fifth straight game and fell for the eighth time in the last nine outings, received 21 points and six rebounds from Samantha DeFreese.  Kazzidy Stewart came off the bench to add 17 points while Jewel Tunstull contributed 15 points and a team-best eight rebounds.

Head Coach Tina Martin  
“This team is so young and they can be so fragile at times, but they are constantly learning.  We needed this win desperately after tough back-to-back losses.  It was great to see them come out strong in the first 10 minutes and that was probably the first time we’ve done that in a month.  Tonight they really stepped up, even when Northeastern made a run.”

Redshirt sophomore Joy Caracciolo
“It was very important that we continued to keep our foot on the gas and make sure to keep scoring, followed by getting stops.  After coming back from a 22-point lead at Charleston, we didn’t want to be on the opposite end of that and have an opponent come back on us.  That game showed us that anything can happen and you have to play all 40 minutes.  The way we played in the second half at Charleston is how we want to play an entire game.”

Freshman Hannah Jardine
“Our defense starting pulling down rebounds and we really stuck together as a unit on defense.  We rotated, helped on traps down low and that’s what really kept us going in the second half.  Northeastern was a double threat because they could shoot and they could drive, so it wasn’t like we could completely back off.  We definitely had to be focused defensively as they were no easy task.”

      · Delaware snapped a two-game losing skid.
      · The Blue Hens are now 201-80 (.715) all-time at the Bob Carpenter Center.
      · UD has had at least two players score in double digits in all 18 games this season.
      · The Hens shot over .500 from the field for just the second time this season with mark of .510 (25-49).
      · Delaware shot a season-best 88.5 percent (23-26) from the free throw line.
      · The Blue Hens collected a season-best 12 steals in the win.
      · Kelsey Buchanan has scored in double figures in all 16 games this season.
      · Buchanan has picked up at least 20 points in three of the last four games.
      · Alecia Bell registered six points and five rebounds in 20 minutes of action.
      · Tina Martin is 353-187 (.654) during her 18 seasons as a head coach at Delaware.

      · Sunday, Feb. 2 – Delaware at Towson* - 2 p.m. – SECU Arena (Towson, Md.)
      · Friday, Feb. 7 – Delaware at UNCW* - 7 p.m. – Trask Coliseum (Wilmington, N.C.)
      · Thursday, Feb. 13 – College of Charleston at Delaware* - Bob Carpenter Center (Newark, Del.)