Delle Donne hits scoring milestone
Delaware star breaks 2,000-point barrier in win against Hofstra
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. -- Elena Delle Donne had a season-high 42 points, including the 2,000th of her career, and added 14 rebounds and six blocks to help No. 10 Delaware beat Hofstra 89-79 on Thursday night.
Delaware (23-1, 14-0 Colonial Athletic Association) used a 15-2 run spanning halftime to take control of the game. Delle Donne, who leads the nation with 28 points a game, had nine points during the burst -- including a tough bank shot that capped the spree and made it 50-41.
|TOP 25 SCORES|
|No. 6 Miami (Fla.) 73, NC State 61|
|Alabama 77, No. 7 Kentucky 75|
|No. 8 Maryland 73, Virginia 56|
|No. 9 Ohio State 75, Indiana 54|
|No. 10 Delaware 89, Hofstra 79|
|No. 11 Green Bay 90, Cleveland State 59|
|No. 12 Penn State 74, No. 17 Purdue 63|
|No. 13 Tennessee 57, Mississippi State 41|
|Northwestern 63, No. 16 Nebraska 51|
|No. 18 Georgia 61, No. 25 South Carolina 59|
|No. 20 Georgia Tech 67, Wake Forest 52|
|San Francisco 71, No. 23 BYU 64|
She hit a pretty 3-pointer from the top of the key a few minutes later to cross the 2,000-point milestone and give the Blue Hens a 59-48 lead. The 6-foot-5 junior scored 14 consecutive points to help keep Hofstra (17-8, 9-5) from getting any closer than six the rest of the way.
Candice Bellocchio and Katelyn Loper scored 21 points each to lead the Pride. Loper returned after missing the last two games because of a concussion.
The Blue Hens continued their ascent up the Top 25, earning their highest ever ranking Monday. Delaware has won 13 consecuitve games since its lone loss of the season to Maryland. Delle Donne has been the main reason for the success. She has feasted on Hofstra this season, scoring 41 points and grabbing 15 rebounds in the first meeting between the teams three weeks earlier. She now has had four 40-point games this season.
She got off to a slow start as Hofstra built an early advantage. The Blue Hens trailed 39-35 with two minutes left in the first half before scoring the final five points to take a one-point lead at the break. Delle Donne had 14 points in the half, while Bellocchio had 16 to lead Hofstra.
The Blue Hens were the highest-ranked opponent ever to play at Hofstra. Old Dominion was the only other ranked team that the Pride has hosted -- and that was a decade ago.