CAA Semifinals: Skinner sinks last-second free throws to advance Blue Hens to CAA Championship

Blue Hens lead by five points after one-quarter of play

The game started with the Blue Hens flying off to an 8-2 advantage with 7:41 left to play in the first quarter. Graduate Student forward Lizzie Oleary, Tyi Skinner, Ty Battle, and Jasmine Dickey all contributed with buckets on the run.

Twenty-four seconds later, Towson would score five straight points to shrink the lead to one point (8-7) with 6:49 left in the first quarter.

Fourteen seconds later, Delaware would dash off on an 8-2 run to extend their lead to 16-9 with 5:02 remaining in the first quarter. On the run, Skinner would drain two shots from the three-point line.

Fast forward to the 2:38 minute mark as the Tigers Tarriyonna Gary would drain her second three-pointer in the first quarter to cut the lead to three points (18-15).

As the minutes slipped away in the first quarter, the University of Delaware would outscore Towson 4-2 to take a 22-17 lead. Jasmine Dickey scored all four points for the Hens during that time.

Hens lead by three points at the end of the first half

Towson came out on fire in the first four minutes and fifty-four seconds of the second quarter as the team went on a 10-4 run to take a 27-26 lead with 5:46 left to play in the first half.

After that, there was a drought in scoring, as with five minutes left in the first half, there would be only two buckets made for the rest of that time. The two buckets would come from Jasmine Dickey and Lizzie Oleary to give the Blue Hens a 30-27 lead at the end of the first half.

History was made in the second quarter for Dickey as she became the sixth Blue Hen in program history to score 1,000 career points and pull down 1,000 career rebounds.

Delaware leads by four points after three-quarters of play

The second half would start with the University of Delaware outscoring the Tigers 6-4 to push their lead to 36-31 with 4:29 left in the third quarter. Jasmine Dickey would score all six of the Blue Hens points during that time. Rebounding was also a factor during the run, as the team collected eight rebounds.

One minute and nine seconds later, Towson would go on a 7-4 run to trim the lead to two points (40-38) with 1:04 left to play in the third quarter.

Senior guard Paris McBride would close out the third quarter by hitting a jump shot to give Delaware a 42-38 advantage.

Blue Hens win 56-55!

The fourth quarter would start with the Tigers blazing off on a 9-4 run to take a 47-46 lead with 3:50 left in the game. Kylie Kornegay-Lucas was the impact player for Towson on the run as she scored seven of the nine points, four rebounds, two steals, and one block.

Forty-five seconds later, the Hens would respond by outscoring the Tigers 6-3 to take a 52-50 lead with 1:47 left to play in the game.

Twenty-two seconds later, Towson would make two free throw shots to tie the game at 52.

One minute and 14 seconds later, Jasmine Dickey would make two free throw shots to give Delaware a 54-52 lead with 11 seconds remaining in the game.

After a timeout by the Tigers, they would have the ball, which would fall into the hands of Tarriyonna Gary, who would drain a three-point shot to give her team a 55-54 lead.

The Blue Hens would take a timeout after the made three-pointer from Towson, then Ty Battle would miss with a jump shot with two seconds left in the game. Things looked grim for the University of Delaware, but they would get the offensive rebound, and Tyi Skinner would get fouled with .4 seconds left on the clock.

Skinner would make both free-throw shots to seal a 56-55 win over the Tigers and a trip to the CAA Championship.

Stats:
FG%:UD:37.3 %Towson:33.8%
3P%:UD: 30.0 %Towson: 26.1 %
FT%:UD:64.3%Towson 71.4 %
Rebs: UD:44Towson: 34
Ast: UD:11Towson: 11
Stl:UD: 6Towson:7
TO:UD:17Towson: 14
Blks:UD:1Towson: 5
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