Newark, DE (Sports Network) - Behind a home-crowd Elena Delle Donne poured in
33 points as the sixth-seed Delaware Blue Hens earned their first trip to the
Sweet 16 with a 78-69 win over the North Carolina Tar Heels in the second
round of the NCAA Tournament at the Bob Carpenter Center.
Delle Donne reached the 3,000-point plateau in the win and also collected
eight rebounds for Delaware (32-3) which takes on second-seed Kentucky in the
next round. Trumae Lucas tallied 20 points off the bench and Danielle Parker
hung up a double-double of 14 points and 13 rebounds as well.
Waltiea Rolle scored 23 points and blocked six shots, Megan Buckland put in 17
points off the bench, Brittany Rountree added 10 points and Tierra Ruffin-
Pratt handed out nine assists for the third-seed Tar Heels (29-7).
At the half North Carolina led, 43-35, after shooting 48.4 percent from the
floor while hitting 6-of-10 shots from beyond the arc. Delaware shot a less
efficient 35.5 percent and managed just a pair of 3-pointers.
The Tar Heels went cold in the second half totaling just nine field goals on
30 percent shooting. Delaware missed all four of its shots from beyond the arc
but shot 50 percent from the floor to come back for the win.
The Blue Hens had 12 more free-throw attempts than the Tar Heels and outscored
them from the stripe, 26-14. Delaware also had a 43-35 edge in rebounds.
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