May Has a Breakout Night and Sparks a Late Run, But Hawks Down Delaware 50-45
Game Photos Courtesy of Mark Campbell • top right Jaquetta May, bottom left Jocelyn Bailey
NEWARK, Del. - Sophomore Guard Jaquetta May posted a career high 14 points to lead the University of Delaware's scoring effort, sparking a late run for the Hens Wednesday evening.
But the shooting efforts of the Saint Joseph's University Hawks proved to be too much for Delaware, which dropped its second-consecutive game 50-45 in the Bob Carpenter Center.
Having played in just 20 minutes of the game, May did all of her damage in the second half, besting her career high of 12 points set against Virginia Commonwealth University last season, while only playing in 13 second-half minutes.
After the Hawks’ Erin Shields, who led the game with 15 points, canned one of her three treys and put Saint Joseph’s up by 16 with 9:55 left in the game. Delaware slowly chipped away at the game’s largest lead, 43-27, getting points from May and Jocelyn Bailey. The pair cut the Hens’ deficit down to eight over a span of three minutes, with each putting up four points during Delaware’s 8-0 run.
The Hawks, who improved to 8-3 on the year, winning their fifth straight, got the lead back up to 11 after Katie Kuester converted a three-pointer.
Down but not out, the Hens’ continued to work the lead down to three on a Bailey layup with only 41 seconds left on the clock.
With the need to foul, sophomore guard Lauren Carra did the deed, putting Shields and Kuester on the line. The pair made their four attempts, keeping Saint Joseph’s free throw percentage at a perfect 10-for-10 on the evening.
“The second half of the second half, I thought we played better,” said Delaware head coach Tina Martin. “Even though it was close (the first half)
Delaware had struggles finding the bottom of the basket from deep, unable to convert a three-pointer on nine attempts, snapping a 41-game streak in which Delaware hit at least one three.
The Hens made up for their shooting woes with layups instead, scoring 32 of their 45 points ion paint. Delaware also capitalized on its missed shots, coming up with 15 points on second chance efforts with the help of Bailey’s seven offensive boards.
Both teams struggled in the first half, with Saint Joseph’s taking a 24-18 lead into the locker room. The teams combined for 42 points in the first half, the lowest in a Delaware game this season.
The Hens’ rebounding effort was spread around, with Bailey leading the game with nine boards, while Eva Riddick and Danielle Parker each snared eight. Junior center Sarah Acker, who played for the Hawks from 2007-09, pulled in five rebounds.
Bailey was the Hens’ second leading scorer, putting up nine points, followed by Parker’s seven. Sophomore All-American Elena Delle Donne missed her second game of the season with fatigue.
Saint Joseph’s, which improved its overall record against Delaware to 11-1, was led by Shields’ 15 points, followed closely by Kuester’s 13. As a team, the Hawks hit 40 percent (6-15) of their three point attempts, while also shooting 37 percent from the field (17-46).
Delaware is until Dec. 29 when they open the Hilton Garden Hokie Classic, hosted by Virginia Tech, with Vanderbilt University. Tipoff is set for 5 p.m. in Cassell Coliseum.Back To Women's Basketball Home Women's Basketball Story Archive