NEWARK, Del. – The Blue Hens held Hofstra to just 11 total points in the second and third quarters Sunday afternoon en route to the 61-41 victory at the Bob Carpenter Center.
Delaware trailed by five after the first quarter, but rallied for a 30-7 run over the next 15 minutes and never looked back.
Junior Nicole Enabosi neared her second 20-20 game of the season and finished with 17 points and 19 rebounds to go along with five steals.
Sophomore Samone DeFreese (at right) collected her fifth career double double with 18 points and 10 rebounds while shooting 9-of-12 from the field.
Aleana Leon led the Pride (10-14, 4-9 CAA) with 11 points and six assists.
Head Coach Natasha Adair
"In the first quarter, I just wanted us to play Delaware basketball.  I felt like our energy was low and we weren’t as fluid on offense. I didn’t think we were communicating as well defensively either. I told them to not let the score dictate the outcome. Delaware basketball is supposed to look a certain way, regardless of the score. I think early on we were out of sync. Sometimes when the shots don’t fall, it drains the energy. In the timeout I reiterated that we get our energy from the defensive end of the floor. We don’t get our energy from our offense. I looked at Samone [DeFreese] and I told her we needed some energy, because she’s a spark for us. I told Nicole [Enabosi] that she was going to have to get it another way. If it’s not falling, you cannot stop. Today, Nicole didn’t stop. She grabbed 19 rebounds. She clapped for her teammates when they made the effort plays. This is a group that we can constantly challenge. When I give them feedback or something to work on they don’t make excuses.”
“At the end of the first quarter, Coach Adair told us we needed to pick up our intensity. We looked stagnant and we weren’t playing Delaware basketball. We picked up the intensity level, moved the ball and got good shots. The great thing about this team is if someone isn’t playing their best game, we have other players who can step up and make plays. I think Lizzie [Oleary] came in and gave us some great minutes, Samone [DeFreese] did a great job on the glass today bringing great energy, and our bench was fantastic today.” 
Sophomore Samone DeFreese
[On the win]: “I think the biggest difference between the first and second quarters was our defensive effort. We knew that our defense was going to help our offense. Coach Adair just reinforced that we needed to play harder and play Delaware basketball. Once we ran our sets better in the second half and played good defense it allowed us to build the lead.
[On her 18 points and 10 rebounds]: “I felt good out there. Today was about doing the little things, getting on loose 50-50 balls; just the little hustle plays. Doing those little things makes the offensive end much easier.”
   ·   Sunday’s game marks the fourth annual B+ Hero Game in honor of UDance and The Andrew McDonough B+ Foundation, which benefits children battling cancer and their families.
   ·   Delaware is 33-1 all-time against Hofstra in Newark and holds the overall series advantage at 59-12.
   ·   The Hens outrebounded the Pride, 49-34.
   ·   Nicole Enabosi now has 17 double doubles this season and 38 for her three-year career.
   ·   Friday, February 16 – James Madison at Delaware * – 7 p.m. – Play4Kay Pink Game – Bob Carpenter Center (Newark, Del.)
   ·   Sunday, February 18 – College of Charleston at Delaware * – 1 p.m. – Bob Carpenter Center (Newark, Del.)
   ·   Friday, February 23 – Delaware at William & Mary * – 7 p.m. – Kaplan Arena (Williamsburg, Va.)
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