|Upset Minded Seahawks Fall In Quarters|
UPPER MARLBORO, Maryland - Senior Elena Delle Donne scored 17 of her game-high 21 points in the second half to help top-seeded Delaware shake off a slow start and defeat No. 9 seed UNCW, 51-43, in the quarterfinals of the 2013 Colonial Athletic Association Women's Basketball Championship, presented by Jani King, Friday at The Show Place Arena.
The 15th-ranked Blue Hens improved to 28-3 overall as they extended their school-record winning streak to 23 games. The win also moved Delaware into the semifinals, where they will face the winner of the quarterfinal matchup between No. 4 seed Northeastern and No. 5 seed Hofstra Saturday at 2 p.m. The Seahawks, meanwhile, saw their first season under Head Coach Adell Harris come to a close with a 5-26 overall mark.
Delle Donne, the CAA Player-of-the-Year, was 10-of-15 from the floor, including 8-of-9 from the field in the second half, to power the Blue Hens comeback. Seniors Lauren Carra joined Delle Donne in double figures with 10 points while fellow senior Danielle Parker pitched in eight points and 11 rebounds. Delle Donne also pulled down 11 rebounds to give the Blue Hens a 39-30 advantage on the glass as she posted her ninth double-double of the season.
Sophomore Kelva Atkins scored 13 points and senior Tawanna Lee chipped in 12 for UNCW, who was limited to 30.2 percent (16-of-53) shooting from field for the game. Junior Jessica Freeman joined the duo in double figures with 10 while senior Karneshia Garrett led all players with 12 rebounds.
Despite racing out to an early 7-2 advantage, Delaware trailed for a majority of the first half as it failed to convert a field goal over 12:08 span that allowed UNCW to go on a 13-2 run midway and build a 15-9 advantage.
The Blue Hens would finally break the cold streak with a with six unanswered points over a 58-second span to tie the game at 15-all, only to see the Seahawks use a jumper by Lee and a 3-pointer at the buzzer by Atkins to regain the lead and take a 20-15 advantage into the locker room.
An 8-2 run by the Blue Hens to open the second half would give Delaware a slim 23-22 advantage only to see the Seahawks tally eight of the next 13 points to retake the lead, 30-28.
Delaware would take control of the contest moments later, however, using a Delle Donne jumper at the 10:49 mark to spark a 21-6 run that would last more than almost 10 minutes and give the Blue Hens their biggest lead of the game, 49-36, with 1:05 remaining.
The Seahawks would score seven of the last nine points to determine the final eight-point margin.
Both teams shot below 40 percent for the game as Delaware was just 18-of-48 (.375) from the floor, including a frosty 21.7 percent (5-of-23) in the first half. The Seahawks, meanwhile, were just 16-of-53 (.302) from the field, highlighted by a 25.8 (8-of-31) performance from the field in the second half.
0 - Tawanna Lee
3 - Kelva Atkins
24 - Jessica Freeman
40 - Karneshia Garrett