Blue Hen women defeat defending CAA champion Elon 80-66

Delaware’s Erin Antosh gets in position for a rebound in the Blue Hens’ women’s game against Elon on Friday afternoon in Newark. UD won the game, 80-66, over the defending CAA champions. Delaware sports information/Mark Campbell

NEWARK — Delaware had four players with at least 14 points and reached 80 points in regulation for the second time this season in Friday afternoon’s 80-66 women’s basketball victory over reigning CAA champion Elon.

The win marked the first-ever for the Blue Hens (8-5, 1-1 CAA) over the Phoenix (9-4, 1-1 CAA) at the Bob Carpenter Center.

Sophomore Bailey Kargo led all scorers with a career-high 21 points on 7-of-10 shooting, including a mark of 5-for-6 from behind the 3-point arc, in 39 minutes of play.

Abby Gonzalez (2) and Samone DeFreese (22) were all smiles after Friday’s victory. Delaware sports information/Mark Campbell

Classmates Abby Gonzales and Samone DeFreese added 16 and 14 points, respectively. Gonzales also dished out eight assists to go along with four rebounds while DeFreese collected seven rebounds and three assists.

Junior Nicole Enabosi tallied 16 points, eight rebounds and five assists for the Hens.

Meme Garner guided Elon with 15 points while Shay Burnett, the CAA Preseason Player of the Year, logged 14 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists.

“Today’s game is a measuring stick for our group,” said Blue Hen head coach Natasha Adair. “Elon is a team that won the CAA Championship a season ago. I know [Elon head coach] Charlotte [Smith] well, and her team is taking on her mindset from when she was a player. Elon is very tough, very disciplined and they have big-time players.

“I felt like we were ready today, and we prepared all week for this challenge. Our players executed the game plan very well. I want people to know we have talent on our team too. With Nicole [Enabosi] sitting down for a stretch in the first half, our supporting cast of Samone [DeFreese], Abby [Gonzalez] and Bailey [Kargo] stepped up and showed that we are a team and not just Nicole. Today’s effort shows the balance of our group, and them being more comfortable with the system we’ve put in place.

Blue Hen sophomore Bailey Kargo sank 5-of-6 three-pointers and finished with 21 points in Friday’s game. Delaware sports information/Mark Campbell

“We shared the ball so much and so well today, whether we were facing man or zone. Nicole [Enabosi] commands so much attention and she’s doing a good job of being disciplined. She allows the double-team to come and then finds the open person. We work with her on finding the open player when she gets that double coverage. I thought when Elon shifted into zone, our first two possessions were quick and we rushed shots. We talked about letting the zone shift and moving the ball when they collapsed on Nicole. Nicole today found her teammates perfectly.”

Notes

• The Blue Hens have won three straight at home and four out of the last five overall.

• Delaware’s 50.9 shooting percentage was the best for an Elon opponent this season. Iowa shot .449 against the Phoenix on November 25.

• The Hens shot a season-best .533 (8-15) from 3-point land.

• UD registered 22 assists while six players had at least one assist on the day.

• The Blue Hens snapped Elon’s 10-game winning streak against CAA foes, a mark that held since the Phoenix lost to James Madison on February 12, 2017.

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