Seahawks Frigid In Semifinal Loss
Courtesy: UNCW Athletic Communications
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.
4 - Alisha Andrews
31 - Treasure Johnson
42 - Martha White
45 - Brittany Blackwell