Blue Hens Move Up In Mid-Major Poll Yet Again, Grab No. 10 Spot
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BOSTON – After getting through November with an undefeated record of 5-0, the University of Delaware climbed into the No. 10 spot of the CollegeInsider.com Women’s Basketball Mid-Major Poll, which was released Tuesday evening, garnering 507 points and the Hens are the second-highest ranked Colonial Athletic Association team behind Old Dominion.
The Monarchs of ODU sit in the No. 2 slot for the second consecutive week, picking up 701 points, just behind No. 1 Green Bay’s 775 points and all 31 first place votes. Florida Gulf Coast moved up to No. 3 from the seventh slot last week with 639 points. Bowling Green is No. 4 with 633 points while Princeton, who comes to Newark to face the Hens tonight at 7 p.m., is tied for fifth with Gonzaga, each picking up 580 points.
Three other CAA teams landed in the top 25 ranking. At 3-2 when the poll was released, the Dukes of James Madison slipped to the No. 13 spot with 399. Virginia Commonwealth University rounded out the CAA’s top 25 teams, grabbing the No. 22 spot with 112 points, moving up one spot from the week prior. Drexel earned its place in the rankings for the first time this season, landing in No. 24 with 87 points.
UNC Wilmington led the point getters in the others receiving votes column, picking up 62. Navy, who Delaware will face on Sunday afternoon, also landed in the others receiving votes category, picking up seven points, two more than it earned in the previous poll.
Aside from the CAA, the Mid-Major Poll is made up of teams from the following conferences: America East, Atlantic Sun, Big Sky, Big South, Big West, Great West, Horizon, Independents, Ivy, Metro Atlantic, Mid-American, Mid-Eastern, Missouri Valley, Northeast, Ohio Valley, Patriot, Southern, Southland, Southwestern, Summit, Sun Belt, West Coast.
Sophomore All-American Elena Delle Donne, who averages a national-best 27.4 points per game, leads Delaware’s offense. Fellow sophomore Danielle Parker and junior Sarah Acker each post 9.0 points an outing, while Parker leads the Hens’ rebound efforts, pulling down 10.6 a game. Acker is in a close second with 9.7 and leads the team in blocks with 10, including six in the 59-48 win over La Salle Sunday afternoon.
Playing a majority of her time in the point guard position, Lauren Carra has dished out 15 assists, while Delle Donne has also handed out nine helpers.
As a team, Delaware is in the top 50 in several national categories, including opponent points per game, ranking 30th while holding foes to 53.4 points per game. The Hens have the fifth-best rebound margin of +17.0 in the country, which is also first in the CAA. With 29 blocks on the books, Delaware is No. 16 in the land in blocks per game, averaging 5.8 per outing.
CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top 25 Poll 4, Nov. 30, 2010
Rank, Team (First Place Votes), Points
1) Green Bay (31) 775; 2) Old Dominion 701; 3) Florida Gulf Coast 639; 4) Bowling Green 633; 5) Princeton 580; 5) Gonzaga 580; 7) Arkansas-Little Rock 573; 8) Middle Tennessee 569; 9) Marist 510; 10) Delaware 507; 11) Illinois State 450; 12) Missouri State 402; 13) James Madison 399; 14) South Dakota State 389; 15) UC Davis 384; 16) Creighton 284; 17) Appalachian State 222; 18) Saint Mary’s 155; 19) Gardner-Webb 148; 20) East Tennessee State 122; 21) Toledo 119; 22) VCU 112; 23) Cleveland State 97; 24) Drexel 87; 25) Albany 85; 25) Cal State Bakersfield
Others Receiving Votes: UNC Wilmington 62, Kent State 58, Lamar 51, Liberty 37, Tennessee Tech 35, Portland 35, Central Michigan 29, Central Connecticut State 22, Lehigh 18, Samford 11, Fairfield 11, Long Island 10, Pepperdine 10, Hampton 9, Eastern Michigan 9, Loyola Marymount 9, Southeastern Louisiana 9, Arkansas State 7, Navy 7, Illinois-Chicago 6, Sacred Heart 5, Chattanooga 4, South Alabama 4, Oral Roberts 4, Jacksonville 2, Indiana State 1, UC Riverside 1, Evansville 1, UNC Asheville 1.Back To Women's Basketball Home Women's Basketball Story Archive