The Delaware women’s basketball team gave their hometown fans what they wished for as the team defeated the the College of William & Mary Tribe 68-52 in the final regular season home game on Sunday at the Bob Carpenter Center.
The leading scorers of the game for the Blue Hens were redshirt senior Alison Lewis and junior forward Samone DeFreese who each scored 16 points.
Two other Blue Hens scored in double digits in the win and they were graduate student Makeda Nicholas (12) and junior guard Abby Gonzales (10).
Delaware had the advantage in multiple categories in the game which included Rebounds (40-35), Blocks (8-5), Steals (16-8), Points in the Paint (40-30), Points off Turnovers (26-17), Second Chance Points ( 16-10), Fast Break Points (21-7) and Bench Points (14-12).
The Blue Hens also won the turn over battle in the game by 16-22.
Blue Hens also had the advantage in shooting as well, with the team shooting 43.1 % (28-65) and with the Tribe shooting 39.3 % ( 22-56).The Hens also bested William & Mary from the foul line as well, with the team shooting 77.8 %(7-9) and the Tribe shooting 20.0 %(1-5).
Both Teams Struggle To Find Good Looks In First Period
In the first period, both William & Mary and Delaware struggled to find good looking shots. Neither team, also could not find too much of a consistency on offense when they did get something going.
As a team, Delaware shot 27.8% (5-18) in the first period.
The Tribe shot 28.6% (4-14) in the first period and they also shot 40.0% (2-5) at three point line.
The first period started with the Blue Hens quickly taking a 5-2 lead but would not last long as William & Mary’s Eva Hodgson would hit a three pointer to tie the game up at five with 8:12 left in the period.
The Tribe would outscore the Hens 8-6 for the rest of the quarter but Delaware would still take a 11-10 lead into the next period.
Lewis Scores Nine Points But Hens Trail At The Half
The leading scorer for the Hens in the second period was Alison Lewis who scored nine points. As a team, Delaware did improve in their shooting in the second period as they shot 41.7% (5-12).
William & Mary also improved their shooting in the second period as the team went 50.0% (7-14). The Tribe also went 40% (2-5) at the three point line.
This was William & Mary’s period as the team came out in the beginning of the second period outscoring Delaware 11-6 to give them a 21-17 lead with 4:17 left in the half. The Tribe also ended the period scoring five consecutive points to go into halftime with a 26-22 lead.
First Half Stats
Delaware had 33.3 %(10-30) shooting percentage in the first half and William & Mary had 39.3 %(11-28).
Blue Hens shot 14.3 % (1-7) from the three point line in the first half and the Tribe shot 40.0 % (4-10).
Hens leading scorer in the first half was Alison Lewis with nine points.
The Tribe’s leading scorers in the first half were Eva Hodgson and Bianca Boggs with nine points.
Delaware’s Defense Clamps Down As The Team Takes Third Period Lead
The Blue Hens came out of halftime a different team from the first half as they clamped down on defense and improved their shooting as well.
The Hens had the Tribe turn the ball over seven times in the second period and six of them came from Blue Hens stealing the ball.
The Blue Hens limited their turnovers as the team only had three in the third period.
Delaware out rebounded William & Mary 12-7 in the second period.
As a team, the Blue Hens shot their best shooting percentage of the game in the third period as they shot 57.1% (12-21). The Hens also shot 50.0% (4-8) at the three point line in third period.
The Hens did a good job on not letting the Tribe get too many good looking shots in the third period as the team shot 40.0% (6-15).
The period started with the Blue Hens going a 13-4 run which gave them a 35-30 lead with 5:54 left in the third period.
Around the 4:47 minute mark, Delaware would go on a 16-7 run which gave the team a 51-40 lead going into the fourth period.
Hens Ride Free Throw Shooting In Fourth Period To Seal Win
The leading scorer in the fourth period for the Hens was Samone DeFreese who scored seven points. As a team, Delaware dipped some in shooting in the fourth period as they shot 42.9% (6-14). The Hens took advantage of their time at the free throw line as the team shot 83.3% (5-6) in the third period.
William & Mary shooting dipped further in the fourth period as the team shot 38.5% (5-13).
The Hens started the period going on a 9-2 run which increased their lead to 60-42 with 5:52 left in the game. DeFreese led the charge on the run which she score seven out of the nine points.
The Tribe would outscore the Hens 10-8 for the rest of the quarter but it did not matter as Delaware took home a 68-52 win.
The Hens go on the road to take on Towson on March 7th at 7PM ET.
FG%: UD43.1 % & W&M39.3 %
3P%: UD 29.4 % & W&M33.3 %
FT%: UD 77.8 %&W&M20.0 %
Rebs: UD 40 &W&M35
Ast: UD 15&W&M17
Stl: UD 16&W&M8
TO: UD 16&W&M22
Blks: UD 8 &W&M5