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Seahawks Frigid In Semifinal Loss

Courtesy: UNCW Athletic Communications  
Release: 03/12/2011
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Sophomore Jessica Freeman and junior Kristen Hanzer defeat against Delaware sophomore Elena Delle Donne during Saturday's semifinal contest
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Sophomore Jessica Freeman and junior Kristen Hanzer defeat against Delaware sophomore Elena Delle Donne during Saturday's semifinal contest

UPPER MARLBORO, Maryland - No. 7 Delaware held No. 3 seed UNCW to a season-low 47 points as it recorded a 62-47 victory in the second semifinal of the 2011 Virginia 529 College Savings Plan Colonial Athletic Association Women's Basketball Championship Saturday at Show Place Arena.

The Blue Hens improved to 20-12 on the campaign as it became just the second No. 7 seed to advance to the championship game in tournament history, where it will face No. 1 seed James Madison, who advanced to its 14th championship with a 67-57 victory over No. 4 seed VCU. The Seahawks slipped to 23-8 as it now awaits word on a possible postseason invitation.

 Sophomore Elena Delle Donne poured in a game-high 29 points and added a game-best 10 rebounds for her 19th career double-double to pace a Blue Hens lineup that shot 41.3 percent for the contest. Delle Donne also finished with a game-best seven blocks as Delaware matched the tournament record for rejections in a contest with 11. Jocelyn Bailey was the only other Delaware player to score in double figures as she finished with 11 points.

Freshman Alisha Andrews scored 13 points and senior Martha White added 10 for UNCW, who shot a season-worst 27.0 percent (17-of-63) from the field for the contest. Senior Brittany Blackwell chipped in nine points and eight rebounds.   

Trailing 14-13 midway through the first half, Delaware scored 11 unanswered points to build a double-digit advantage, 24-14, with 4:41 remaining in the first half.

The Blue Hens would take a 29-20 lead into the locker room and held a 40-29 advantage with 12:23 remaining in the second half when a jumper by White served as the starting point of a 10-3 UNCW stretch that pulled the Seahawks within four, 43-39, with 7:45 on the clock.

Delaware quickly regained its double-figure advantage, however, scoring the next 10 points of the contest to build a 53-39 cushion.

The Seahawks made one last push, using a 7-2 run over a 98-second span to pull within nine, 55-46, with just 1:31 on the clock.

That would be as close as UNCW would get, however, as the Blue Hens hit seven of their last eight free-throw attempts to close the contest on a 7-1 run and determine the 15-point margin of victory.

GAME NOTES:

  • UNCW moved to 7-13 all-time against Delaware as the Blue Hens won for the second time in three meetings. Delaware also evened the series in postseason play between the two programs at 2-2.
  • The Seahawks moved to 13-27 all-time in the CAA championship as they dropped to 2-5 in semifinal-round action at the CAA Championship.
  • UNCW established a new season low for points, eclipsing the old mark of 48 set against Northeastern on Feb. 20. It marks only the second time this season that the Seahawks have been held below 50 points in a contest.
  • The Seahawks also set a season-low for field goal percentage, breaking the old mark of 28.6 percent set against Charlotte on Dec. 2. It marks only the second time this season that UNCW has been held below 30 percent shooting in the contest.
  • UNCW recorded double figure steals for the 25th time this season as it tallied 10 thefts against the Blue Hens.
  • The Seahawks failed to record double figure assists for just the third time this season as it dished out only eight helpers versus Delaware.
  • UNCW held a 26-18 edge in points in the paint, highlighted by a 16-8 edge in the second half.
  • The Seahawks committed a season-high 23 fouls in the contest while the Blue Hens were whistled for just 11 infractions.

INDIVIDUAL NOTES:

4 - Alisha Andrews

  • Scored in double figures for the 17th time this season. Has reached double figures in each of the last five contests and nine of the last 10 outings.
  • Led team in assists for the 22nd time this season. Team moved to 16-5 when Andrews leads them in assists.
  • Matched the program's mark for games played and started in a single season with 31.

31 - Treasure Johnson

  • Matched the program's mark for games played in a single season with 31.

42 - Martha White

  • Reached double figures in points for the 24th time this season and the 47th time in her career. Has scored in double digits in 18 of the last 20 contests.
  • Paced team in rebounding for the 10th time this season and the 14th time in her career. Team moved to 9-1 and 10-4 when White paces them on the glass.
  • Matched the program's mark for games played and started in a single season with 31.

45 - Brittany Blackwell

  • Moved into second place on the program's all-time scoring list with her jumper at the 12:49 mark of the first half. Surpassed Jill Amos, who recorded 1,718 points during her career.
  • Moved into 10th place on the conference's all-time rebounding list with eight rebounds against the Blue Hens. Surpassed former Old Dominion forward Tiffany Green for 10th place.
  • Moved into a tie for third place with former teammate Greta Luksyte on the program's career games played chart. Has made 122 appearances in a UNCW uniform in her career.
  • Matched the program's mark for games played and started in a single season with 31.
  • Moved into a tie for second on the program's single-season steals chart with three thefts against the Blue Hens. Has recorded 97 steals during her senior season.

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