WILMINGTON, North Carolina – Sophomore Courtni Green scored 12 of her game-high 18 points during a pivotal second-half run to lead Delaware to a 70-50 victory over UNCW in Colonial Athletic Association women’s basketball action Friday at Trask Coliseum.

The Blue Hens picked up their third straight victory as they improved to 14-6 overall and 6-3 in league play. The Seahawks, meanwhile, dropped to 3-20 and 2-7 with the defeat.

Green paced a balanced Delaware attack that shot 45.6 percent from the floor for the contest, including 13-of-26 in the second half. Freshman Joy Caricciolo pitched in 17 points while senior Kelsey Buchanan added 11 and freshman Erika Brown chipped in 10. Reigning CAA Rookie-of-the-Week Hannah Jardine grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds and Buchanan added nine to help the Blue Hens to a commanding 39-24 advantage on the glass.

Freshman Brie Mobley pitched in 16 points and junior Kelva Atkins chipped in 15 for UNCW, who shot a season-high 45.8 percent from the field for the game, but were just 8-of-23 (.348) from the floor in the second half.

UP NEXT: UNCW returns to action Sunday as it hosts Drexel in a 1 p.m. contest. The game will serve as the program’s “Play 4Kay” contest, with the squad wearing pink uniforms and other pink apparel in support of the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association’s program designed to raise awareness for breast cancer research. Delaware is back on the court Feb. 13 with a 7 p.m. home matchup against league newcomer College of Charleston.

TURNING POINT: Trailing 38-37 early in the second half, a jumper by Caracciolo sparked Delaware to a 30-8 run that lasted 13:03 and gave the Blue Hens a 67-46 lead with 4:16 remaining. Green scored 13 of her 18 points during the stretch to highlight a balanced attack that saw six different players find the scorebook during the game-changing spurt.

POINTS IN THE PAINT: Delaware posted a commanding 38-18 advantage in points in the paint, highlighted by an 18-8 margin in the second half. All 18 of the Blue Hens points in the paint in the second half came during their 30-8 run.

FREE-THROW SHOOTING: Delaware was 16-of-20 from the free-throw line for the contest while UNCW was just 3-of-6 at the charity stripe. The Blue Hens missed just two free throws per half, going 7-of-9 from the line in the first half and 9-of-11 at the charity stripe in the second half.

SERIES NOTES: Delaware expanded its lead in the all-time with UNCW to 20-7 as the Blue Hens picked up their eighth straight victory, dating back to the 2011-12 season. Delaware also improved to 7-3 against UNCW at Trask Coliseum.

UNCW TEAM NOTES:

  • The Seahawks shot 40 percent or better from the floor for the eighth time this season as they established a new season high for field goal percentage, breaking the previous season high of 44.4 percent (24-of-54), set against Elon on Nov. 13.  
  • Mobley (7-of-13) and Atkins (6-of-9) combined to shoot 13-of-22 (.590) from the floor while the other five UNCW players who saw playing time were just 9-of-26 (.346) from the field for the game.
  • UNCW recorded double-digit assists for the third straight contest and the 10th time this season as it finished with 12 assists on 22 baskets made.
  • The Seahawks were 3-of-8 from 3-point range, marking the first time in nine games that they had shot better that 35 percent from beyond the arc (3-of-6 against Charlotte on Jan. 3).
  • The contest featured a total of seven ties and seven lead changes. Six of the ties and four of the lead changes occurred in the first half.
  • UNCW held a lead at halftime for just the fifth time this season as it held a 34-33 lead versus the Blue Hens after the first half. The Seahawks moved to 2-3 this season when holding a halftime lead, but four of their five halftime advantages this season have been of three points or less.
  • The Seahawks moved to 0-20 season when trailing by 10 points or more during a contest.
  • UNCW’s 24 rebounds matched their season low in that category, set in their season opener Nov. 9 at No. 6 Notre Dame.
  • The Seahawks’ four offensive rebounds did establish a new season low for that category, eclipsing the previous low of six set on two occasions. Delaware, meanwhile, grabbed 14 offensive rebounds that the Blue Hens turned into 14 points.

UNCW PLAYER NOTES:

2 – Brie Mobley

  • Reached double figures in points for the 12th time this season.
  • Led team in scoring for the fourth time this season.
  • Led team in rebounding for the fifth time this season as she pulled down five boards

3 – Kelva Atkins

  • Reached double figures in points for the 18th time this season and the 34th time in her career.
  • led team in assists for the 18th time this season as she finished with six assists.