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Candace Bond had 14 points and five rebounds for Hofstra in a loss to Delaware
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WBB: Hofstra Falls To No. 18 Delaware

Courtesy: Hofstra Athletic Communications
Release: 02/28/2013

Hempstead, NY - Three Hofstra players scored in double-figures, but Delaware's Elena Delle Donne tallied a game-high 32 points to lead the 18th-ranked Blue Hens to a 79-50 CAA victory over the Pride at the Mack Sports Complex on Thursday night.

The Blue Hens, who won their 20th consecutive game, improve to 25-3 overall and 16-0 in conference play. Hofstra, which dropped its fourth straight contest, fell to 12-15 overall and 8-8 in the CAA.

Hofstra was led by senior Candace Bond with 14 points while classmate Shante Evans added 12 points, eight rebounds and five blocks. Junior Anma Onyeuku chipped in with 11 points and six boards for the Pride, who lead by as much as eight points in the opening half  before Delaware's comeback.

Evans brought her career rebounding total up 1,295, which is just 18 away from tying Meredith Alexis' CAA-record of 1,313 rebounds set for James Madison from 2004-07. Evans is on pace to break the record in Hofstra's final regular season game at Northeastern.

Delaware received an early boost from its All-America in Delle Donne, who also grabbed 10 rebounds and blocked four shots. Fellow senior Danielle Parker added 14 points and grabbed 10 caroms while senior Trumae Lucas chipped in with 13 points and eight assists. Delaware shot 52 percent from the field (33-for-64) including 57 percent (17-for-30) in the second half to expand on a seven-point halftime lead.

The Pride came out of the gate fast, scoring 10 of the first 12 points. Onyeuku opened with a three-pointer 42 seconds into the contest before Delle Donne hit a jumper 22 seconds later. But Onyeuku hit a lay-up, Bond hit a three-pointer and Evans scored inside at the 16:01 mark to give the Pride a 10-2 early advantage. But the Blue Hens, behind Delle Donne, who hit a jumper and back-to-back three-pointers, tied the game at 10 at the 14:51 mark. It would be the first of eight tied scores and five lead changes in the half.

Evans, who is also a two-time All-America selection, finished 4-of-5 from the free throw line in 36 minutes.

With Delaware holding a 22-20 lead following a Delle Donne jumper, Hofstra went on a 10-4 run with Thomas' three-pointer giving the Pride a 30-26 lead with 5:18 to play in the half. Evans also had three points in the spurt. But, once again, the Blue Hens battled back behind Lucas' consecutive baskets to tie the game at 30 with 3:52 left in the period.

After Evans scored inside 1:04 later, UD went on a 9-0 run to end the half and grab their biggest lead of the period at 39-32. Lucas hit a three-pointer and a lay-up, Parker hit a jumper and Delle Donne hit two free throws with six seconds remaining in the spurt. Both teams shot 47 percent from the field in the first 20 minutes but UD tallied 10 points off 11 Pride turnovers. Delle Donne tallied 20 of the Blue Hens' 39 points while Evans, Bond and Onyeuku each had nine for Hofstra.

In the second half, the Blue Hens picked up where they left off scoring the first 12 points to boost the run to 21 consecutive points and open up a 51-32 lead following a Parker lay-up at the 14:50 mark. Delle Donne had six and Richards added four in the run. Hofstra and UD split the next 20 points with Payton's jumper with 8:43 to play moving the score to 61-42.

But the Blue Hens tallied nine of the next 11 points over the next 3:55 with Delle Donne's two free throws giving UD their biggest lead of the contest at 70-44 with 4:30 to play. Delaware outscored the Pride, 9-6 over the final four minutes to post the 79-50 victory.

The Pride closed out their home schedule on Sunday, March 3 when they host the Seahawks of UNCW at the Mack Sports Complex. Game time for the Senior Day contest is 2 p.m.

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