Riddick Plays in 100th Career Game, Blue Hens Fall to Sharp-Shooting Seahawks 66-48, Carra and Parker hit Double-Digit Points
Photo Courtesy of Mark Campbell
WILMINGTON, N.C.. -- Senior forward Eva Riddick logged her 100th career game with the University of Delaware on Thursday night.
Unfortunately, the Blue Hens came out on the wrong end, falling to UNC Wilmington 66-48 in Trask Coliseum.
The team’s active leader, Riddick (at right) is just one game short of reaching the record books for the category. Linny Price holds the No. 30 spot with 101 career games played, set from 1979-84.
“You’ve got to bring your energy, bring your effort,” said Blue Hen head coach Tina Martin. “You’ve got to fight, and tonight we were not a group of fighters.”
Delaware, which fell to 10-7 overall and 3-3 in the Colonial Athletic Association, struggled to find the bottom of the basket in the first half, hitting just seven of their 25 attempts from the field. Danielle Parker found herself in the paint often, going three-for-four, finishing the half with six points. Lauren Carra joined her as the team’s leader with six points, hitting two of her 10 field goals, but also went two-for-three from the line.
The Blue Hens showed why they average 8.6 steals per game, coming up with six in just the first 20 minutes. Parker and Eva Riddick had two apiece. Delaware, which averages just 15.1 personal fouls per game, ranking them 43rd in the nation, committed just four fouls in the opening stanza and only allowing UNCW two free throw attempts. Martha White and Jessica Freeman each converted their one attempt.
Getting a bulk of its first half points from the charity stripe, Delaware went nine-for-12, led by Jocelyn Bailey’s three conversions and Vanessa Kabongo’s two-for-two effort.
The Hens were down by as many as 17, but slowly cut into the lead towards the end of the first half, going into the break down 36-23.
Delaware’s shooting was better in the second half, converting 36.7 percent (11-30) of their field goal attempts. Carra and Kabongo each hit two second-half field goals, Carra doing so on six attempts, while Kabongo took eight. Parker also hit a pair, while also pulling down four second-half rebounds.
After going 53.6 percent in the first half, the Seahawks, now 13-4 overall and 5-1 in the league, knocked down 10 of their 20 second half chances. Blackwell went a smoldering five-for-five from the second half to lead all shooters.
Carra finished with a team-high 13 points, booking her eighth consecutive game with 10 or more points. Parker tallied 10 points and snagged six rebounds. She led the Hens on defense with three steals.
Kabongo led on the offensive end, dishing out three assists, while Carra and junior Meghan McLean each had one.
Blackwell led the game with 21 points, not missing a field goal the entire evening, canning all nine of her shots. She snagged a game-best 10 rebounds, her first double-double since Dec. 29. She was joined in double figure points by White, who tallied 14 on the night.
Delaware continues it’s long road stretch on Sunday when it takes on Georgia State University in Atlanta, Ga. Tipoff is slated for 2 p.m. in the GSU Sports Arena.
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