The University of Delaware women’s basketball team took home their second straight victory on Sunday when the team beat Hofstra University 57-47 at Bob Carpenter Center.
The leading scorer for the Blue Hens in the game was junior forward Samone DeFreese who had 11 points in the game. DeFreese recorded a double-double in the game by collecting 10 rebounds with 11 points.
Redshirt senior guard Alison Lewis also scored in double digits in Delaware’s win with 10 points.
Rebounding was the key factor for the Blue Hens in the win as the team did struggle in other areas in the game but they were able to get control by dominating the boards. The Hens had 60 rebounds in the win which was a team record for most rebounds at the Bob Carpenter Center.
Delaware had three players who hit double digits in rebounds in the game and they were sophomore forward Lizzie Oleary (11), DeFreese (10), and junior forward Rebecca Lawrence (10).
Delaware had the advantage in multiple categories in the game which included Rebounds (60-37), Points in the Paint (26-24), Points off Turnovers (14-6), Second Chance Points ( 18-8), Fast Break Points (13-2) and Bench Points (23-21).
Blue Hens also had the advantage over Hofstra at the free throw line where the team shot 86.7 % (13-15) and the Pride shot 62.5 % (5-8).
Delaware Begins their Dominance on the Board In The First Period
The leading scorer for the Hens in the first period was Samone DeFreese who had six points. DeFreese’s teammate, Alison Lewis was right behind her scoring four points in the period.
As a team, Delaware shot 30.0% (6-20) in the first period and they also shot 83.3% (5-6) at the free-throw line.
Hofstra found a lot of the shots they wanted as the team shot 50.0% (7-14).
The key factor why the Hens had the lead at the end of the first quarter was that they outrebounded Hofstra 17- 4.
The two teams were in a fierce battle for most of the period with the lead not staying too long with either team.
The Hens made a late 7-4 run at end of the first period which gave them an 18-15 lead heading into the second period.
Both Teams Struggle With Shooting But Delaware Continues To Dominate At The Boards
In the second period, both of the teams’ defenses stepped up and created a drought at the net. Delaware struggled in the second period in shooting as the team shot 10.0% (2-20). The Hens did do well at the foul line though, as the team shot 85.7% (6-7).
Hofstra shot worse than the Blue Hens did in the second period as the team had a 7.7% (1-13) shooting percentage. The Pride also went 100% (2-2) at the foul line in the second period.
The Hens continued their dominance on the boards as the team outrebounded Hofstra 19-12.
The Blue Hens would go on a 10-2 run around the 5:14 minute mark which would give them a 28-19 lead heading to halftime. Samone DeFreese led the charge on the run scoring five of the 12 points in the run.
First Half Stats
Delaware had a 20.0 %(8-40) shooting percentage in the first half and Hofstra had 29.6 %(8-27).
Blue Hens shot 58.3 % (7-12) from the foul line in the first half and the Pride shot 66.7 % ( 4-6)
Hens leading scorer in the first half was Samone DeFreese with 11 points.
Hofstra’s leading scorer in the first half was Mikiyah Croskey with eight points.
Kargo & OLeary Combine For 11 Points As Hens Continue To Hold On To The Lead
The leading scorer for the Hens in the third period was Lizzie Oleary who scored six points. Oleary’s teammate, Bailey Kargo was right behind her in scoring five points in the period.
The Blue Hens had their best shooting percentage in the third period as the team shot 46.7% (7-15). Delaware also went 2-2 (100%) at the foul line in the third period.
Hofstra also improved their shooting in the third period with the team shooting 31.3% (5-16) and they also shot 100% (3-3) at the foul line.
At the 3:20 minute mark, the Hens went on a 6-2 run to increase their lead to 45-33 heading into the fourth period.
Gonzales & Lewis Combine For 10 Points To Help Seal Hens Win
The leading scorer in the fourth period for the Hens was junior guard Abby Gonzales who scored six points. Gonzales’s teammate, Alison Lewis was right behind her scoring four points in the period.
As a team, Delaware dipped in shooting in the fourth period as the team shot 27.8% (5-12) and they also shot 40% (2-5) at the three-point line.
Hofstra continued their uptick in their shooting as the team shot 35.3% (6-17) and they also shot 40% (2-5) at the three point line.
At the 5:22 minute mark in the fourth period, Delaware went on a 7-2 run which increased their lead to 55-42 with 4:17 left in the game. Lewis led the charge on the run scoring four of the seven points in the run.
Freshman guard Paris McBride would hit the last shot for the Hens to seal a 57-47 home win.
Delaware heads on the road to take on the College of Charleston on February 22nd at 6:30 PM ET.
FG%: UD27.4 % & Hof 31.7 %
3P%: UD 23.5 % &Hof 25.0 %
FT%: UD 86.7 %&Hof 62.5 %
Rebs: UD 60 & Hof 37
Ast: UD 8&Hof 10
Stl: UD 6& Hof 9
TO: UD 11& Hof 11
Blks: UD 2 &Hof 5