Newark, DE (Sports Network) - Elena Delle Donne poured in 33 points to reach
the 1,000-point plateau for her career as the sixth-seed Delaware Blue Hens
took care of the 11th-seed West Virginia Mountaineers, 66-53, in the first
round of the NCAA Tournament at the Bob Carpenter Center.
Delle Donne, a first-team All-American, also collected seven boards and
blocked four shots for Delaware (31-3). Kelsey Buchanan added 10 points off
the bench and Danielle Parker collected 11 rebounds and four steals for the
Blue Hens who await the winner between North Carolina and Albany.
Ayana Dunning had a double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds, Taylor Palmer
tallied 13 points and Linda Stepney had 10 points and four assists for West
At halftime it was West Virginia that owned a 33-26 lead after holding the
Blue Hens to just 38.7 percent shooting in the first 20 minutes.
Delaware came out of the gates in the second half with a 10-0 run to reclaim
the lead, one it would not surrender. The Blue Hens held the Mountaineers to
just seven field goals in the final 20 minutes while hitting 18-of-20 attempts
from the free-throw line.
Turnovers loomed large in the contest with the Blue Hens guilty of only nine
while scoring 18 points off of 17 miscues for the Mountaineers.
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