Atlanta (Jan. 31) – Delaware rolled to its 12th straight win and 27th straight Colonial Athletic Association win with a 70-38 decision over Georgia State on Thursday evening in the GSU Sports Arena before 738 fans.
For the first 10 minutes of the game, it was back and forth and a close game at 16-13 with 10:56 in the opening stanza when Elena Delle Donne and the Blue Hens went on a 14-0 run over the next five minutes to open a 30-13 lead with 6:24 left in the half. Delle Donne scored eight straight points from 11:17 to 9:16.
All-American Delle Donne scored 25 points in playing 26 of the first 29 minutes of the game before exiting with Delaware up 53-27 with 11 minutes to go in the game. The 6-foot-5 star hit 9-of-19 shots, but was 0-for-2 outside the arc. She added 7-of-8 free throws and six rebounds. Akeema Richards scored 10 points, while Danielle Parker led with 10 rebounds. Delaware (17-3, 8-0 and unbeaten with Delle Donne in the line-up) shot 44% and made 17-of-19 free throws.
Georgia State (10-9, 2-6) was paced by senior center Cody Paulk, who scored 13 points on 6-of-10 shooting, grabbed seven rebounds, tied her personal best with six blocked shots and added two steals. The Panthers were ice cold, shooting just 7-of-24 in the second half (29.2%) and 16-of-52 for the game (30.8%). The 38 points were a season-low for GSU.
Delaware took a 40-21 lead at halftime and completely blew the game open with a 9-0 run that extended a 48-27 margin at 14:20 to a 57-27 lead with 9:47. From 18:30 through 3:58 in the second half, all 10 Delaware baskets were lay-ups.
“Obviously Delaware is a top 25 team and Delle Donne is an All-American, but I am extremely disappointed at the way we lacked intensity and all-out effort tonight,” said coach Sharon Baldwin-Tener. “We simply didn’t give our best effort tonight. I’m sure some of the young kids got discouraged missing so many shots in the first half, but you can’t allow yourself to not keep battling hard through the adversity.”
Georgia State returns to action Sunday afternoon in another CAA game at Drexel in Philadelphia.