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UNCW Press Release

WILMINGTON, North Carolina – Sophomore Courtni Green scored 12 of her game-high 18 points during a pivotal second-half run to lead Delaware to a 70-50 victory over UNCW in Colonial Athletic Association women's basketball action Friday at Trask Coliseum.

 

The Blue Hens picked up their third straight victory as they improved to 14-6 overall and 6-3 in league play. The Seahawks, meanwhile, dropped to 3-20 and 2-7 with the defeat.

 

Green paced a balanced Delaware attack that shot 45.6 percent from the floor for the contest, including 13-of-26 in the second half. Freshman Joy Caricciolo pitched in 17 points while senior Kelsey Buchanan added 11 and freshman Erika Brown chipped in 10. Reigning CAA Rookie-of-the-Week Hannah Jardine grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds and Buchanan added nine to help the Blue Hens to a commanding 39-24 advantage on the glass.

 

Freshman Brie Mobley pitched in 16 points and junior Kelva Atkins chipped in 15 for UNCW, who shot a season-high 45.8 percent from the field for the game, but were just 8-of-23 (.348) from the floor in the second half.

 

UP NEXT: UNCW returns to action Sunday as it hosts Drexel in a 1 p.m. contest. The game will serve as the program's "Play 4Kay" contest, with the squad wearing pink uniforms and other pink apparel in support of the Women's Basketball Coaches Association's program designed to raise awareness for breast cancer research. Delaware is back on the court Feb. 13 with a 7 p.m. home matchup against league newcomer College of Charleston.

 

TURNING POINT: Trailing 38-37 early in the second half, a jumper by Caracciolo sparked Delaware to a 30-8 run that lasted 13:03 and gave the Blue Hens a 67-46 lead with 4:16 remaining. Green scored 13 of her 18 points during the stretch to highlight a balanced attack that saw six different players find the scorebook during the game-changing spurt.

 

POINTS IN THE PAINT: Delaware posted a commanding 38-18 advantage in points in the paint, highlighted by an 18-8 margin in the second half. All 18 of the Blue Hens points in the paint in the second half came during their 30-8 run. 

 

FREE-THROW SHOOTING: Delaware was 16-of-20 from the free-throw line for the contest while UNCW was just 3-of-6 at the charity stripe. The Blue Hens missed just two free throws per half, going 7-of-9 from the line in the first half and 9-of-11 at the charity stripe in the second half.

 

SERIES NOTES: Delaware expanded its lead in the all-time with UNCW to 20-7 as the Blue Hens picked up their eighth straight victory, dating back to the 2011-12 season. Delaware also improved to 7-3 against UNCW at Trask Coliseum.  

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