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No. 1 Delaware Heads to Championship Contest with 75-54 Win over No. 5 Hofstra

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          Release: 03/16/2013
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UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (March 16, 2013) - Top-seeded Delaware led from wire-to-wire and cruised to a 75-54 victory over fifth-seeded Hofstra in the first semifinal of the CAA Women's Basketball Championship, presented by Jani-King, on Saturday afternoon. With the victory, the Blue Hens extended their school record to 24-straight victories.

Nationally-ranked Delaware (29-3) advanced to its third straight CAA title contest and will face the victor of the No. 2 James Madison/No.3 Drexel match-up. Hofstra finished the game with a 14-17 record.

The championship game will be played at 2 p.m. at The Show Place Arena and will be broadcast on the Comcast SportsNet Regional Network.

All-America senior Elena Delle Donne led the Blue Hens with 21 points and 13 rebounds, tallying her 10th double-double of the season. She also became the 13th player in NCAA Women's Basketball Division I history to score 2,900 points in a career (2,912). Senior forward Danielle Parker added 10 points with a 5-9 shooting effort from the field. Senior guard Trumae Lucas chipped in 13 points and three assists off the bench.

The Pride (14-17) was paced by senior forward Deven Green, who finished with a team-high 16 points to go along with five rebounds. Sophomore guard Andreana Thomas added seven points and a game-high seven assists. Senior forward Shante Evans, the CAA All-Time rebounding leader, finished the game with six rebounds to bring her career total to 1,348 in four years at Hofstra.

Leading 38-27 at the start of the second half, Delaware opened the period on a 14-4 run and increased its lead to 21 with 15:29 remaining in the contest. The Blue Hens held at least a 16 point lead for the rest of the game and would increase their advantage to 25 with 2:30 to play before sealing the 21-point victory.

The Blue Hens held the Pride to 0-8 shooting from beyond the three-point line in the second half, while holding a 14-7 turnover advantage for the game. Delaware also held a 38-24 advantage in points in the paint and a 25-11 advantage in second chance points.

Delaware, ranked 15th-nationally, opened the game on a 14-3 run and lead by as many as 19 with 4:16 to play in the first half. Hofstra freshman guard Sydni Epps sank a three pointer at the buzzer heading into the half to cut the Delaware lead to 38-27. Hofstra was able to keep the UD lead in check throughout the first stanza going 5-9 (55.6%) from behind the arc despite 10 turnovers.

Tune into CAA.TV following Comcast SportsNet's coverage of Sunday's Championship Final to watch live postgame celebration and press conference reactions.