NEWARK, DE - University of Delaware All-American Elena Delle Donne
exploded for a season-high 38 points Sunday afternoon as the Blue Hens
shook off a slow start and cruised to their eighth straight win, a 76-44
Colonial Athletic Association women's basketball victory over Towson at
the Bob Carpenter Center.
Delle Donne, a national Player of the Year candidate and the two-time
CAA Player of the Year, knocked down 14 of 20 shots from the field, hit
on 8 of 9 free throws, and added two three-pointers as she surpassed the
30-point mark for the 31st time in her illustrious career in front of an
appreciative crowd of 4,738. She also pulled three rebounds, dished out
two assists, and recorded for steals.
Freshman Courtni Green added eight points and four points off the bench
while Jacquetta May contributed six points and seven rebounds, and guard
Kayla Miller dished out a career-high seven assists for the Blue Hens
(13-3, 4-0 CAA), who remained atop the CAA standings and posted their
23rd straight conference regular season win dating back to the 2010-11
Towson (6-10, 0-5 CAA) lost its fifth straight game this season and fell
to the Blue Hens for the fifth straight time overall. Guard Tanisha
McTiller led the Tigers with team-highs of 21 points and 10 rebounds but
she committed 11 of her team's 23 turnovers. Forward Michelle Peebles
also contributed 17 points and six rebounds for Towson, which held a
33-29 advantage on the boards.
"In the second half we collected ourselves and did some things different
defensively," said Delaware head coach Tina Martin. "I didn't think we
were a focused basketball team today and that could come back and really
haunt us against people in our league. I think Elena knew that some
people weren't here today and decided to take the matter in her own
hands. She knocked down some threes and got some good looks. It was good
to see her step up and get some good shots and our kids found her. Kayla
made some great passes on back door cuts."
Delaware shot an impressive 52 percent from the field (29 of 56) for the
game, including 7 of 13 shooting from beyond the three-point line and a
blistering 62 percent (18 of 29) from the field in the second half. The
Hens dished out 19 assists and committed just 12 turnovers.
The Hens, ranked No. 1 in the College Basketball Insider Mid-Major
national poll and receiving votes in the Associated Press Top 25
rankings, recovered from an uncharacteristic slow start.Delaware
misfired on 12 of its first 16 shots from the field in falling behind
early and did not gain its first lead of the game until a Delle Donne
three-pointer with 9:45 left in the half tied the score at 12-12.
Towson regained the lead two minutes later on a layup from Markell
Smith, but Delle Donne answered with a layup as Delaware regained the
lead at 17-16 with 7:22 left in the opening half and never trailed
again. Delle Donne scored 22 of her points in the opening 20 minutes as
the Blue Hen eventually took a comfortable 33-20 advantage at intermission.
The Tigers kept the margin as low as 13 points for the first seven
minutes of the second half but they couldn't hang on after that as
Delaware used an 11-1 run, including a three-pointer from Delle Donne,
to up the lead to 50-27 with 10:03 left. The lead reached 30 points for
the first time at 62-32 on a layup by Miller with 7:07 left to play and
stayed above 24 points the remainder of the day.
Delaware will remain at home with its next contest a Thursday, Jan. 24
meeting with UNCW at 7 p.m. at the Bob Carpenter Center.
TOWSON 44 (6-10, 0-5 CAA)
Peebles,7-14 3-5 17, Smith, 1-3 0-0 2, Williams, 1-5 1-2 3, Johnson, 0-6
0-0 0, McTiller, 7-14 4-4 21, Hamilton-Carter, 0-0 0-0 0, Alberson, 0-0
0-0 0, Pearson, 0-4 1-2 1, Totals, 16-46 9-13 44.
DELAWARE 76 (13-3 4-0 CAA)
Delle Donne, 14-20 8-9 38, Parker, 0-3 0-0 0, Miller, 2-4 0-0 5,
Richards, 2-6 0-0 4, Carra, 2-6 1-4 7, Green, 2-4 2-2 8, May, 3-7 0-0 6,
Buchanan, 1-1 0-0 2, Bell, 1-1 0-0 2, Lucas, 1-2 0-0 2, Clark, 0-0 0-0
0, Leon, 1-2 0-0 2, Totals, 29-56 11-15 76.
Halftime Score: Delaware 33-20; Three-Point Field Goals: T - 3–9
(McTiller 3-5, Johnson 0-4), D - 7–13 (Delle Donne 2-3, Carra 2-4, Green
2-4, Miller 1-2); Rebounds: T – 33 (McTiller, 10), D –29 (May, 7);
Assists: T – 10 (Pearson, 3), D: 19 (Miller, 7); Total Fouls: T – 14, D
– 12; Attendance: 4,738