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UNCW Frigid In Loss At No. 18 Delaware

Courtesy: UNCW Athletic Communications  
Release: 01/12/2012
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NEWARK, Delaware - No. 18 Delaware held UNCW to a season-low 37 points as it cruised to a 69-37 victory in Colonial Athletic Association women's basketball action Thursday at the Bob Carpenter Center.

The Blue Hens improved to 13-1 overall and moved to 4-0 in league play as they remained in a tie with Hofstra atop the league standings. Playing the 1,000th game in program history, the Seahawks suffered their second straight road setback as they slipped to 8-7 and 1-3.

Junior Elena Delle Donne, the nation's leading scorer, finished with a game-high 23 points to power a Delaware attack that shot 47.7 percent (31-of-65) from the field. Junior Lauren Carra joined Delle Donne in double figures with 12 points while junior Danielle Parker grabbed nine rebounds to help the Blue Hens enjoy a 46-37 advantage on the glass.

Junior Karneshia Garrett and sophomore Abria Trice scored eight points apiece for UNCW, who ended the game with a season-low .237 field goal percentage as it made just 14 of its 59 field goal attempts.

Delaware never trailed in the contest, racing out to a quick 9-2 lead before using a 13-0 run to stretch an 11-7 advantage to a 24-7 cushion with 9:17 remaining in the opening frame.

A pair of free throws and a layup by Weaver on back-to-back possessions stemmed the Blue Hens spurt and trimmed the Seahawks deficit to 24-11 before the two sides proceeded to trade baskets over the remainder of the period to give Delaware a 36-20 lead at the break.

The Blue Hens maintained a comfortable distance from the Seahawks in the second half, opening with 11 of the first 15 points of the frame to build a 47-24 edge before closing out the contest with an 11-1 spurt to determine the final 32-point margin.

Both teams return to action Sunday with 2 p.m. league matinees. UNCW hosts George Mason while Delaware travels to Northeastern.

GAME NOTES:

  • Delaware won its second straight over the Seahawks to expand its advantage in the all-time series to 14-7. The Seahawks moved to 3-8 all-time at the Bob Carpenter Center against the Blue Hens.
  • The Seahawks dropped to 0-23 all-time and 0-2 this season against ranked opposition. UNCW also moved to 0-4 under second-year Head Coach Cooper-Dyke against ranked programs.
  • The 37 points marked the third-lowest point output for the Seahawks since the start of the 2000-01 season. Tonight's total matched UNCW's 37 point performance in a 54-37 loss at home to VCU on Jan. 15, 2006.
  • The .237 field goal percentage marked the third lowest single game field goal percentage for the Seahawks since the start of the 2000-01 season. It was the first time this season that UNCW shot below 30 percent in a contest.
  • UNCW held below 40 percent shooting from the field for the second straight contest and the eighth time this season. The Seahawks moved to 2-6 this season when shooting below 40 percent.
  • The 32-point margin of defeat is the second largest for the Seahawks this season and matched the sixth largest margin of defeat since the start of the 2000-01 season, a 72-40 loss at No. 19 Old Dominion on Feb. 15, 2002.
  • Delaware held a 36-18 advantage in points in the paint, highlighted by a 22-12 edge in the first half.
  • The Blue Hens bench out-scored the Seahawks reserves by a 20-6 margin. Juniors Jessica Freeman and Chelsea McGowen were the only UNCW bench players to score in the contest.
  • UNCW failed to record double figure assists for the first time this season as it dished out a season-low three assists in the contest.
  • The Seahawks recorded double-figure steals for the fourth straight contest and the 12th time this season as they tallied 12 thefts in the game.
  • UNCW was out-rebounded for the third straight contest and the 11th time this season.
  • The Seahawks failed to have a player reach double figures in points in a contest for the first time this season and the first time under Cooper-Dyke. The last time the Seahawks were held without a double figure scorer was in a 62-42 loss at VCU on Feb. 5, 2009.
  • The Blue Hens posted a season-low for free throws made (4) and attempted (4) by a UNCW opponent.

INDVIDUAL NOTES

10 - Abria Trice

  • Paced team in scoring for the second time this season.

40 - Karneshia Garrett

  • Paced team in scoring for the third time this season.
  • Led team in rebounding for the ninth time this season.

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