ATLANTA - Delaware, the No. 12 team in the AP and ESPN polls, scored a season-best 94 points in rolling past Georgia State, 94-56, Sunday afternoon at the GSU Sports Arena.
All-American 6-5 player Elena Delle Donne, the nation's leading scorer at 28 per game, scored 31 points today in 25 minutes, making 10-of-16 field goals and 9-of-10 free throws. Delle Donne made both of her three-point attempts. Delaware shot 55% for the game (33-of-60), including 5-of-9 outside the three-point line.
The Blue Hens (22-1, 13-0) made 8 of their first 11 shots today to open a 20-6 lead in six and a half minutes. GSU rallied back to 21-15 at the 10-minute mark and that was as close as the Panthers would come all day. It was 30-19 with 7:00 left in the first half.
Delaware sealed the victory with a 11-0 run to end the first half (47-23), coupled with a 10-2 start to the second half (57-25 at 17:00).
Georgia State (7-16, 1-12) did not have a player reach double figures, with freshman guard Kayla Nolan scoring nine points coming off the bench. Senior forward Chan Harris had nine rebounds and six points.
Delaware held a 42-27 rebounding advantage with the Panthers shooting 36% and making just 22-of-61 shots. The Panthers committed 25 turnovers, but also forced 21 Delaware turnovers and made 14 steals.
The win was the 300th in Delaware Coach Tina Martin's 16-year coaching career with the Blue Hens.
"Delaware is a good all-around team with plenty of players that can score," said Coach Sharon Baldwin-Tener. "Elena Delle Donnie gets her teammates involved and makes them even better, which is why they are ranked where they are. Everyone knows how special she is because we have been watching her for a couple years show us all. I think I am most disappointed that we did not give a better defensive effort than we did today because we are capable of playing defense better than we showed today."
Georgia State welcomed back its former letterwinners today and honored the 10-year anniversary of the 2002 conference champion and NCAA Tournament team.
Georgia State goes on the road Thursday to play at Northeastern and try for a season sweep over the Huskies.