After a three game road trip, the University of Delaware’s women’s basketball team came back home to the Bob Carpenter Center and defeated the Northeastern University Huskies 77-63 on Friday.
The leading scorer for the Blue Hens in the game was junior forward Samone DeFreese who had a career day with 31 points. DeFreese was one rebound away from a double-double as she collected nine.
Two other Blue Hens scored in double digits in the Hens win and they were freshman guard Paris McBride (14) and Graduate student forward Makeda Nicholas (10).
Delaware had the advantage in multiple categories in the game which included Rebounds (52-36), Blocks (6-3), Steals (6-4), Points in the Paint (40-26), Bench Points (28-10), Fast Break Points ( 22-4) and Second Chance Points ( 16-5).
Blue Hens also had the advantage in shooting as well, with the team shooting 40.6 % (26-64) and with Huskies shooting 34.4 % ( 21-61).The Hens also bested the Northeastern from the foul line as well with the team shooting 66.7 %(24-36) and the Huskies shooting 63.6 %(14-22).
DeFreese Scores Eight & Helps Hens Take First Period Lead
The leading scorer for the Blue Hens in the first period was Samone DeFreese who scored eight points. As a team, Delaware shot 46.7% (7-15) in the first period and they also shot 83.3% (5-6) at the foul line.
Northeastern shot 37.5% (6-16) in the first period and they also shot 50.0% at the foul line.
Hens out rebounded the Huskies 11-7 in the first period.
The first period started with the two teams coming out ready for a fight with the lead going back and forth constantly.
The Hens did go on a 9-3 run with around 2:31 left in the period to help them take a 19-14 lead into the second period.
Hens Struggle With Shooting In 2nd Period But Still Take Halftime Lead
The Hens had some trouble finding good shots in the second period as the team shot 33.3% (5-15) in the second period.
The Huskies shot their worst shooting percentage of the game in the second period as the team shot 25.0% (3-12).
From the 5:55 minute mark, the Blue Hens outscored the Huskies 12-8 to take a 31-24 lead into the half.
First Half Stats
Delaware had 40.0 %(12-30) shooting percentage in the first half and Northeastern had 32.1 %(9-28).
Blue Hens shot 58.3 % (7-12) from the foul line in the first half and the Huskies shot 66.7 % ( 4-6)
Hens leading scorer in the first half was Samone DeFreese with 12 points.
Huskies leading scorer in the first half was Stella Clark with six points.
Hens DeFreese Scores 10 Points In Third Period
The leading scorer for the Hens in the third period was Samone DeFreese who scored 10 points. As a team, Delaware shot 35.0% (7-20) in the third period and Northeastern shot 37.5% (6-16).
The period started with the Blue Hens going on 5-0 run which increased their lead to 36-24 with 7:55 left in third period.
The Huskies outscored the Hens 19-11 for the rest of the period but Delaware would still take a 47-43 lead into the fourth period.
DeFreese & McBride Combine For 17 Points To Help Seal Hens Win
The leading scorer for the Hens in the fourth period was Samone DeFreese who scored nine points. DeFreese’s teammate Paris McBride was right behind her scoring eight points in the period.
The Blue Hens had their best shooting percentage in the fourth period as the team shot 50.0% (7-14) and they also shot 72.7% from the foul line (16-22).
The Huskies shot 35.3% (6-17) in the fourth period and they also shot 50.0% (4-8) at the foul line.
Around the 7:43 minute mark, the Hens went on a 13-3 run which increased their lead to 61-51 with 4:11 left in the game.
The Blue Hens would hit 10 free throws shots to seal their 77-63 win against Northeastern.
The Hens stay home to take on Hofstra on February 17th at 2:00pm.
FG%: UD40.6 % & NU34.4 %
3P%: UD 25.0 % &NU31.8 %
FT%: UD 66.7 %&NU63.6 %
Rebs: UD 52& NU36
Ast: UD 12& NU13
Stl: UD 6& NU4
TO: UD 14& NU14
Blks: UD 6 &NU3