NEWARK, Delaware - Senior Elena Delle Donne poured in a game-high 26 points to lead Delaware to a 67-39 victory over UNCW in Colonial Athletic Association women's basketball action Thursday at the Bob Carpenter Center.
The Blue Hens improved to 14-3 overall and remained undefeated in league play at 5-0 as they won their ninth straight contest. The Seahawks, meanwhile, slipped to 2-14 and 1-4 CAA as they lost their third straight contest.
The CAA Preseason Player-of-the-Year, Delle Donne was 11-of-15 from the floor, including 3-of-4 from beyond the arc, to spark the Delaware attack. Seniors Lauren Carra and Danielle Parker joined Delle Donne in double figures as they finished with 13 and 10 points, respectively. Delle Donne and Parker finished with eight rebounds apiece as Delaware enjoyed a 46-30 edge on the glass.
Delaware never trailed in the contest, using a three-pointer from Miller at the 11:52 mark to spark a 12-2 run that spanned four and a half minutes and stretched the Blue Hens 11-9 edge into a 23-11 cushion.
A layup by Garrett with 5:01 on the clock ended the run and sparked a 7-2 spurt that pulled the Seahawks with seven, 25-18.
The Blue Hens took control of the contest moments later, however, closing the first half with nine unanswered points to take a 34-18 advantage into the break before tallying 11 of the first 12 points of the second half to build a 45-19 edge with 16:00 remaining.
UNCW would stem the Delaware spurt momentarily, scoring seven of nine points to make it a 47-26 contest, but that would be as close as the Seahawks would get as the Blue Hens maintained a comfortable margin the rest of the way. A jumper by freshman Alecia Bell with one minute remaining capped an 8-3 Blue Hens stretch and determined the final 28-point margin.
Both teams return to action Sunday with league contests. UNCW is at Towson for a Noon start while Delaware travels to Drexel for a 2 p.m. contest.
Delaware now leads the all-time series by a 17-7 margin as it won its fifth straight against the Seahawks. UNCW moved to 3-8 in 11 games against the Blue Hens at the Bob Carpenter Center.
Both teams shot below 40 percent from the floor for the game UNCW was 15-of-42 (.357) while Delaware was 28-of-71 (.394). It marked the 12th time this season that the Seahawks have been held below 40 percent shooting and the 10th time this season that UNCW has held its opponent below 40 percent from the field.
Both teams were 6-of-17 (.353) from 3-point range for the contest. The Seahawks were just 2-of-9 from beyond the arc in the first half, but were 4-of-8 from downtown during the final 20 minutes.
The two teams combined for just 24 turnovers (UNCW 16, Delaware 8). The eight turnovers marked the fifth time this season that a Seahawks opponent finished with fewer than 10 turnovers in a contest.
UNCW recorded double figure assists for the ninth time this season as they finished with 10 assists for the game.
The Seahawks matched a season low as it recorded just three steals against the Blue Hens (Tulane and Drexel).
Delaware posted a 17-5 advantage in second-chance points as it finished with 19 offensive rebounds. The Seahawks matched a season low with five offensive rebounds (Tulane).
UNCW shot a season-low 21.4 percent from the free-throw line as it was just 3-of-14 at the charity stripe. It marked the 14th time this season that the Seahawks have shot below 70 percent at the free-throw line this season.
The Seahawks were held below 40 points for the third time this season (34 at Liberty; 39 vs. James Madison).