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Seahawks Stalled By Blue Hens In Semis

Courtesy: UNCW Athletic Communications  
Release: 03/10/2012
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Sophomore Alisha Andrews goes for the steal against Delaware's Trumae Lucas during Saturday's semifinal contest
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Sophomore Alisha Andrews goes for the steal against Delaware's Trumae Lucas during Saturday's semifinal contest

UPPER MARLBORO, Maryland - Top-seeded Delaware shot 51.9 percent from the floor and limited fifth-seeded UNCW to just 25.0 percent shooting as the Blue Hens cruised past the Seahawks, 66-39, in the first semifinal of the 2012 Virginia 529 College Savings Plan Colonial Athletic Association Women's Basketball Championship Saturday at Show Place Arena.

Delaware, ranked seventh in the most recent Associated Press national poll, improved to 29-1 on the season and advanced to Sunday's championship game, where it will face the winner of Saturday's second semifinal between No. 2 seed James Madison and No. 3 seed Drexel at 12:30 p.m. UNCW slipped to 20-12 overall and will learn its postseason fate on Monday when the tournament fields for the NCAA and WNIT are announced.

Junior Elena Delle Donne, the CAA Player-of-the-Year, scored a team-high 15 points to lead three Blue Hens in double figures as sophomores Akeema Richards and Kelsey Buchanan pitched in 13 and 10 markers, respectively. Delle Donne and Richards pulled down seven boards apiece as Delaware held a commanding 46-30 edge on the glass.

Junior Tawanna Lee scored 13 points and sophomore Alisha Andrews added 11 for UNCW. Junior Karneshia Garrett pulled down a team-high six rebounds and dished out three assists.

Delaware trailed only briefly in the contest, falling behind early after a jumper by sophomore Abria Trice and a three-pointer by Lee put UNCW ahead by a 5-3 margin, only to counter with five straight points to build a 9-5 cushion.

A pair of free-throws by senior Theresa Jackson-Henderson halted the Blue Hens spurt momentarily and made it a 9-7 contest, but Delle Donne responded with seven of the next 10 points to spark a 33-6 Delaware run that would last until the halftime buzzer and give Delaware a commanding 42-13 advantage at intermission.

The Seahawks were just 4-of-28 from the field in the first half, missing 24 of its last 26 tries from the floor in the opening frame after converting its first two field goal attempts of the contest. Delaware, meanwhile, knocked down 18 of its 35 field goal attempts in the first half following a slow 2-for-6 start to the contest.

The Blue Hens maintained control of the game in the second half, taking advantage of a 6-2 spurt midway through the frame to build its largest lead of the game, 55-23, with 11:51 on the clock.

A 9-1 Seahawks run followed the Delaware spurt to trim deficit to 56-32, but back-to-back baskets by Jaquetta May and Lucas spoiled the UNCW stretch and sent the Blue Hens to their second straight championship game appearance.

GAME NOTES:

  • UNCW moved to 15-28 in its 28 previous appearances in the CAA Women's Basketball Championship as it moved to 2-6 in semifinal round action.
  • The Seahawks slipped to 8-16 all-time against Delaware as it suffered its third loss of the season to the Blue Hens. UNCW also move to 0-25 all-time and 0-4 this season against ranked competition.
  • UNCW shot below 30 percent from the floor for the fourth time this season and moved to 0-4 in those contests. The 25.0 percent success rate from the floor represented the sixth lowest field goal percentage for a Seahawks squad since the start of the 2000-01 season.
  • The Seahawks 13 first-half points matched a season-low for them in that category, matching their first-half point total against Drexel on Dec. 4. The 13 points by UNCW was one shy of matching the tournament record for fewest points in a half, set by Towson in 2007 and matched by VCU in 2012.
  • UNCW failed to score 40 points for the second time this season and the second time in the Cooper-Dyke era as they were held to a season-low 37 points in their first matchup with Delaware on Jan. 12 in Newark. The 39 points matched the sixth-lowest point total for a Seahawks squad since the start of the 2000-01 season, matching a 62-39 loss to Towson on Feb. 2, 2003.
  • The Seahawks failed to record double-figure assists for the third time this season as they matched their season low with three assists, set against Delaware on Jan. 12.
  • UNCW failed to reach double-figure steals for the 14th time this season as it finished with just six thefts versus the Blue Hens.
  • The Seahawks were out-rebounded for the 21st time this season and the first time in five games. UNCW's 15 defensive rebounds matched their season low in that category, equaling the mark set against VCU on Jan. 19.
  • Delaware held a 36-16 edge in points in the paint, including a 20-4 advantage in the first half.
  • The Blue Hens posted a 21-12 margin in points off turnovers, highlighted by a 12-0 edge in the first half.

INDIVIDUAL NOTES:

2- Tawanna Lee

  • Reached double figures in points for the 15th time this season.
  • Led team in scoring for the fourth time this season.

4 - Alisha Andrews

  • Reached double figures in points for the 21st time this season and the 40th time in her career.
  • Knocked down three 3-pointers to move into second place on the program's single season list for three-point field goals made in a season (60). Surpassed Jennifer Kapper's total from the 2001-02 season during the contest (59).

40 - Karneshia Garrett

  • Led team in rebounds for the 17th time this season.
  • Paced team in assists for the first time in her career.

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