Host Blue Hen women fall to Towson 59-49 in CAA quarterfinals

Samone DeFreese

NEWARK — Even before it took the court on Thursday afternoon, things started to fall in place for Delaware.

In the first game of the day in the Colonial Athletic Association women’s basketball tournament, No. 9 Hofstra stunned top-seeded James Madison.

Suddenly the bracket was wide open for the Blue Hens, who are hosting the event this weekend.

But fifth-seeded Delaware couldn’t live up to its part of the bargin, falling to No. 4 Towson, 59-49, in the CAA quarterfinals at the Carpenter Center.

Kionna Jeter poured in 30 points with 10 rebounds for the Tigers (18-13), who are in the league semifinals for the first time since 2008.

The Hens (16-15) had reason to be optimistic, considering they had just beaten the Tigers by 13 points in Towson on March 7. Delaware, though, never led in Thursday’s matchup, although it never trailed by more than 12, either.

It was only the second time in 16 years in the CAA that the Hens lost in the quarterfinals.

The Hens pulled within 51-49 with 1:11 on a three-point play from junior Samone DeFreese. But the Tigers went 6-for-6 from the foul line in the final 27 seconds to seal the victory.

DeFreese led Delaware with 15 points and six rebounds, while Alison Lewis netted in 10 points off the bench. Freshman Jasmine Dickey chipped in nine points, nine rebounds and three blocked shots.

Towson held Delaware to just 29.1 percent shooting and limited the Hens to only one three-pointer (1-for-14) in the game.

Delaware reached 11 CAA wins in back-to-back seasons for the first time since 2013.

The Hens are now 14-2 all-time in the quarterfinal round of the CAA Tournament.

Delaware had just lost three games all year when DeFreese reached double figures (11-4).

It was the fifth straight game that Hens held the opposition to lower than 60 points.

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