Delle Donne Pushes Delaware To Semifinals of 2012 Virginia 529 CAA Women's Basketball Championship
UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (March 9, 2012) - Junior guard Elena Delle Donne scored a game-high 21 points as top-seeded Delaware cruised to a 74-54 win over No. 8 Old Dominion in the quarterfinals of the 2012 Virginia 529 CAA Women's Basketball Championship on Friday afternoon at The Show Place Arena in Upper Marlboro, Md.
Junior guard Trumae Lucas added 14 points on 7-of-9 field goal shooting for the Blue Hens (28-1). Guards Lauren Carra and Jocelyn Bailey each finished with 12 points. Delaware advances to Saturday's CAA semifinals for the third straight year and will face the winner of fourth-seeded Hofstra and fifth-seeded UNCW at 12:00 p.m.
Old Dominion was led by junior guard Jackie Cook with 17 points and five rebounds. Freshman guard Myeisha Hall added 14 points for the Lady Monarchs, who ended the season with an 11-21 record.
Carra, Lucas and Delle Donne teamed up to score Delaware's first 11 points, giving the Blue Hens a quick 11-4 advantage in the game's first four minutes. Delle Donne stretched the Blue Hens' lead to 31-18 with a jumper with 5:35 remaining until half. ODU's Cook was able to trim the lead to 39-29 going into halftime after converting a three-point play.
Delaware pushed the lead to 58-42 as Delle Donne drilled a jumper with 12:21 remaining. Delle Donne, the CAA Player of the Year, also added 10 rebounds and five assists to her stellar performance. The Blue Hens were able to hold ODU without a field goal for over seven minutes in the second half while stretching the lead to 68-45 with just under five minutes left in the game.
Delaware shot 50.8% (30-59) from the floor, including 59.3% (16-27) in the second half. ODU shot 33.9% (19-56) from the field, going 6-for-16 from beyond the three point line.
The Blue Hens held a 39-29 rebounding advantage and turned 14 ODU turnovers into 19 points.