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Central Delaware Sports
Delaware women dump Towson for 14th in a row

TOWSON, Md. — Seniors Elena Delle Donne and Danielle Parker continued to etch their names in the Delaware women’s basketball history books on Thursday night.

Delle Donne collected her 900th career rebound and Parker registered her 1,000th career point in the Blue Hens’ 77-55 Colonial Athletic Association victory over Towson University. In total, four different Blue Hens scored in double figures for No. 20 Delaware.

It was 14th straight victory for the Hens (10-0 CAA, 19-3 overall) amd 29th in a row in CAA regular-season games.

Delle Donne became just the sixth player in program history 900 rebounds, finishing the night with 906 career boards. The All-American forward also tallied her 41st career double double with 19 points and 11 rebounds.

Delle Donne added three blocks and two assists in 29 minutes of play against the Tigers. She needs just 10 points to tie the all-time CAA scoring mark at 2,667, set by James Madison’s Dawn Evans (2007-11).

She’ll get the chance to break the record when Delaware plays at rival JMU on Saturday afternoon.

Parker also joined elite company as she calmly knocked down six free throws en route to a 12-point performance to become the 24th player in Delaware women’s basketball history to score 1,000 career points.

The forward collected eight rebounds in the win.

Parker joins Delle Donne and fellow classmate Lauren Carra in the 1,000-point club.

“I’m happy with the win and I’m certainly happy for Elena and Danielle,” said Delaware coach Tina Martin. “To have three 1,000-point scorers on one squad is a great feat. These three are very special players in Delaware women’s basketball history. It is truly a terrific accomplishment.”

Trumae Lucas came off the bench to add 14 points on 7-of-12 shooting from the field while Carra put up 12 points for Delaware.

The Tigers kept things close in the first 10 minutes of the game and were up at one point by three before the Hens eventually went on a 27-4 run to go up, 33-13.

Towson slowly chipped away at the lead and gathered some momentum going into halftime, but Delaware still held a comfortable 45-28 advantage at the break. The Hens almost became too comfortable to start the second half as the Tigers pulled back within 10 points.

“It doesn’t matter what the score or time on the clock is,” said Martin. “You have to mentally know that the game isn’t over until the end. Hopefully this is a lesson learned to some of our players that you have to stay focused, no matter how big the lead.”

Delaware was able to bounce back however and would go up by as much as 25 points off of a three-pointer from freshman Courtni Green.

The contest was Delaware’s last in the Towson Center, which is being replaced by a new arena after this season.

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