Richmond Advances By Saquan Stimpson
03/18/2010 NEWARK, DE: Freshman Elena Delle Donne out of Wilmington, DE was shout down in the first half by the lady Spiders Of Richmond, Elena Delle Donne scored 19 of her team-high 25 points in the second half leading the Hens 24 points as Delaware goes down 67-49 to Richmond in the first round of the Women's National Invitation Tournament at the Bob Carpenter Center...The Blue hens, have gone to five trips the the WNIT, they have lost all five games they've played in the the WNIT, Delaware finishes out the season with a record 21-12, marking the team's eighth 20-win season in 11 seasons...Richmond (20-12), will now advance to the second round to play Syracuse at Syracuse monday March 22 at 7pm, Syracuse is coming off a 19 point win over Harvard, head coach Michael Shafer said "I was tremendously proud of the way our ladies competed," "We played extremely well, especially on the defensive end. I thought if we were able to crash the boards and push the ball, then we would have a good chance to win the ballgame. When we're able to run, we get into a rhythm to knock down shots. That's what happened today." "Britt handled [the homecoming back to Delaware] well," said Shafer. "I'm very pleased with her effort, I thought she handled it well. She had five assists and played tough on the defensive end. She had a great game for us." .The Spiders were unstoppable in the first half, connecting on (59%) of their baskets, including 6-of-8 from long range. The 40 first-half points scored was the most point production by the Spiders since Feb. 26th against GW (41), The Hens, playing in the WNIT for the first time since 2006, had a tough shooting night they only made 15 of 52 shots from the field, and at time looked very sloppy, Now it's time for Delaware to go out and get them an big athletic young lady to help Elena Delle Donne..
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