Hot-Shooting Blue Hens Bring Out the Offense, Delle Donne Sets More CAA Marks in 86-62 Win Over ODU
February 14, 2013
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NEWARK, Del. -- The #20/22 University of Delaware women's basketball squad put its offense in high gear Thursday night as the Blue Hens recorded season- highs for points and assists and shot 53 percent from the field in storming past Old Dominion for an 86-62 Colonial Athletic Association victory before an appreciative crowd of 4,382 at the Bob Carpenter Center.
Senior All-American Elena Delle Donne (at right), who was honored before the game for breaking the CAA career scoring record Sunday at James Madison, added two more CAA records to a growing list as she scored 26 points, pulled seven rebounds, dished out six assists, and blocked three shots.
She upped her career field goal total to 913 and her career free throws made tally to 688 to set CAA records that were previously held by Drexel's Gabriela Marginean. Marginean connected on 904 field goals and 684 free throws during her career in 2006-10. Delle Donne continued to build on her CAA career scoring mark, upping her total to 2,703.
Delle Donne was joined in double figure scoring by four other Blue Hens Thursday night as Lauren Carra (bottom left) added 15 points and team-high eight rebounds, Danielle Parker scored 13 points and pulled six boards, and Akeema Richards came off the bench to chip in with 10 points.
"Its definitely nice to get the balance from a bunch of different scorers," said Delaware head coach Tina Martin.
Delaware (21-3, 12-0 CAA) won its sixth straight home game, its 16th straight game overall, and its 31st straight CAA regular season game over three seasons as the Blue Hens reached season-highs for points (82) and assists (24), shot 53.4 percent from the field (31 of 58), knocked down 6 of 12 three-point attempts and 18 of 23 free throws tries, and held a 37-27 advantage on the boards.
The 86 points for Delaware passed the previous high of 82 against Monmouth back Dec. 23 and was the most scored for the Blue Hens since an 89-71 win over Northeastern Feb. 26, 2012. The 24 assists were the most by a Delaware team since the Hens dished out 27 vs. Delaware State all the way back on Dec. 10, 1992.
"Having so many different scorers shows our team effort and that we are all doing our part," said Parker (bottom right), who also was honored prior to the game for scoring her 1,000th career point Feb. 7 at Towson. "We're all scorers and we all have the mentality that we can go to the basket and make plays. This helps us pick up the momentum that the whole team will feed off of to keep us rolling."
"I definitely think there's a different type of energy when everyone is getting involved in the game and scoring and that just makes us that much harder to stop," added Carra. "It gives Elena a lot of options, especially when we're all hitting shots. It leaves her open and helps her out a lot more."
Old Dominion (16-9, 7-6 CAA), which dropped its third straight game, got 20 points and six rebounds from Shae Kelley while Jackie Cook contributed 12 points. ODU turned the ball over 16 times and shot just 37.3 percent (19 of 51) from the field.
The Blue Hens swept the season series from the Monarchs after posting a 63-46 win in Norfolk, Va. back on Jan. 13. Delaware has now downed ODU six straight times since the 2010-11 campaign.
Delaware started out slow as Old Dominion held the Blue Hens scoreless over the first four minutes of action. But the Hens quickly recovered and recovered by an early 7-5 deficit by outscoring ODU 17-2 over the next five minutes to take command at 22-9.
Four different players scored during the run with Delle Donne and Richards combining for the final 10 points in the streak.
The Monarchs cut the Delaware lead down to eight at 31-23 in the final minutes, but another Blue Hen flurry helped the Hens take a 41-28 lead into the break.
Delaware never looked back in the second half as the Hens led by at least 14 points the entire stanza and went up by as many as 27 points several times. Delaware helped itself by shooting a blistering 58.1 percent from the field in the second half (18 of 31).
The Hens will return to action Sunday, Feb. 17, when they travel to Williamsburg, Va. to take on William & Mary (5-17, 3-8 CAA) at 2 p.m. in the only regular season meeting between the two schools this season.
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