Blue Hens Use Sharp Shooting to Take Out Yale, Delle Donne Goes for 41, Parker Posts Double-Double
November 20, 2010
File Photos Courtesy of Mark Campbell
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Behind a team shooting percentage of 55.8, the University of Delaware women’s basketball team walked out of John J. Lee Amphitheater with its third-consecutive victory, helped by sophomore All-American Elena Delle Donne (at right)scoring 41 points and Danielle Parker posting her second-consecutive double-double Saturday night.
Delle Donne’s 41 points rank second for a single game in Delaware history, just behind her own mark of 54 points against James Madison on Feb. 18, 2010 and tie her for fifth in the Colonial Athletic Association records. She is also the first player in program has to post 30-plus points in three consecutive games.
Parker’s (below at left) double-double of 11 points and 11 rebounds is the second-consecutive game in which she has posted the same numbers, doing so in a 69-62 win over Villanova Tuesday night.
The Blue Hen victory was aided by a season-high 49 points in the first half, holding the Bulldogs (1-2) 34 points. Delaware shot a blistering 69.0 percent from the field in the half, going 20-for-29. The Hens went a perfect 2-for-2 from beyond the arc, while also hitting seven of their nine free throw attempts.
Yale held a narrow 18-17 advantage with 11 minutes left in the first half, but Delaware pulled away and rattled off a 19-0 run. Delle Donne capped the first half with 24 points, while both Parker and Jocelyn Bailey had eight points, who also led in rebounds at the break with five.
The Bulldogs came out hot in the second half, pulling to within six points of Delaware’s 49-43 lead. But another offensive outburst by Delaware, which was ranked No. 15 in the most recent Mid-Major poll, put the win out of reach of the Bulldogs
Playing in her first game after being granted a waiver from the NCAA, junior Sarah Acker tallied a game second-best nine boards along with four points. Parker had a solid night from the floor, canning four of her seven field goal attempts, while also going three for four at the charity stripe.
Yale’s produced a balanced offensive effort, putting four players in double figures. Allie Messimer and Ericka von Kaeppler each posted a game second-best 14 points, while Mady Gobrecht and Yoyo Greenfield posted 12 points each.
Delle Donne’s 41 point effort marks the second time she has eclipsed the 40-point bench mark, and the 10th time she has gone over 30 points. She now has 885 career points in just 32 games, averaging 27.6 points a game.
Parker now has three career double-doubles, including a 10-point 11-rebound effort versus Hofstra on March 3, 2010.
Delaware returns home to the Bob Carpenter Center on Tuesday when it takes on the Red Flash of St. Francis (Pa.). Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m.
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