Third Quarter Sends Delaware Past Women's Basketball
NEWARK, Del. -
The University of Delaware used the third quarter to pull away from the Loyola University Maryland women’s basketball team Friday afternoon, en route to a 71-38 victory over the Greyhounds in the non-conference finale for both teams at the Bob Carpenter Center.
Freshman Izzy Therien led the Greyhounds (2-9 overall) with 12 points, while sophomore Alexis Gray added 11 points. Sophomore Stephanie Karcz and freshman Delaney Connolly each contributed seven rebounds.
For Delaware (7-4), Nicole Enabosi led all players with a double-double of 23 points and 20 rebounds.
Despite a slow start, the Greyhounds closed out the first quarter with 10-unanswered points to turn an 11-5 deficit into a 15-11 advantage. Delaware snapped the streak by scoring the first points of the second quarter, but Gray responded from long range to extend Loyola’s lead to five, at 18-13.
Therien’s 3-pointer kept the Blue Hens from regaining the lead after they pulled within one, at 18-17, but another five-straight points from Delaware would eventually give the home team a 22-21 advantage at the media timeout.
Junior Courtney Vannoy switched the lead back to the Greyhounds and then, after a pair of Blue Hen free throws, tied the game at 24 all. Delaware would break the stalemate with an 8-0 run and take a 35-26 lead into the halftime break.
The Blue Hens didn’t let up in the third quarter, as they held the Greyhounds to just one field goal through the period and outscored Loyola 25-6 to extend their lead to 60-32 heading into the fourth quarter.
Junior Ashley Hunter and Therien started the fourth-quarter scoring, but the deficit would be too much for the Greyhounds to make up, as Delaware went on to win, 71-38.
Loyola will break for Christmas before turning to the court for the Patriot League opener at Navy on Friday, Dec. 29. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.