Drexel 56

(22-10, 13-5 CAA)

(15) Delaware 59

(30-3, 18-0 CAA)

    2:00 PM ET, March 17, 2013

    1 2 T
    DREX 27 2956
    #15DEL 30 2959

    Top Performers

    Drexel: T. Wootton 21 Pts, 1 Ast, 1 Stl, 3 Blk

    Delaware: E. Delle Donne 28 Pts, 5 Reb, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    Delaware wins CAA title; streak at 25 games

    Associated Press

    UPPER MARLBORO, Md. -- Elena Delle Donne scored 28 points, and No. 15 Delaware held off Drexel 59-56 on Sunday to win its second straight Colonial Athletic Association title and extend its school-record winning streak to 25 games.

    The victory earned the Blue Hens (30-3) an automatic berth in the NCAA tournament. Delaware hosts the first and second rounds and likely will open at home.

    The top-seeded Blue Hens led 46-29 with 14:35 left before the Dragons (22-10) rallied to go in front 56-55 with 1:10 remaining. After Trumae Lucas made two free throws for Delaware with 44.4 seconds to go, Drexel's Abby Redick was called for traveling.

    Delle Donne made two free throws with 9.9 seconds left, and Drexel never got off a final shot. Soon after that, the Blue Hens lined up to cut down the net.

    Taylor Wootton scored 21 for the third-seeded Dragons and Hollie Mershon had 18. Drexel also lost to Delaware in last year's championship game.

    Delaware let a 12-point cushion dwindle to three at halftime, then opened the second half with a 16-2 run. Delle Donne -- the tournament MVP -- started the surge with a three-point play and added two layups, the last to provide the Blue Hens a 17-point lead.

    But Drexel used a 13-0 run to get to 48-45, making Delaware sweat it out in its 42nd straight victory against CAA foes.

    Delle Donne scored 11 points on 4-for-11 shooting to stake Delaware to a 30-27 halftime lead.

    The Blue Hens led 6-5 before Delaware's Akeema Richards popped a 15-footer and Delle Donne made a baseline jumper and a 3-pointer to spark a 15-4 run that included two 3-pointers and a pair of free throws by Lucas.

    After two free throws by Richards made it 28-20 with 4:42 left, Delaware went scoreless until Kayla Miller made a layup off an airball by Lucas just before the buzzer.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 56 59
    FG Made-Attempted 21-48 (.438) 19-47 (.404)
    3P Made-Attempted 10-25 (.400) 4-9 (.444)
    FT Made-Attempted 4-6 (.667) 17-20 (.850)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 15 (0/0) 12 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 2 17

    Game Leaders

    PointsT. Wootton 21E. Delle Donne 28
    ReboundsA. Redick 8L. Carra 10
    AssistsH. Mershon 9L. Carra 6
    StealsH. Mershon 1L. Carra 2
    BlocksT. Wootton 3E. Delle Donne 1

    2012-13 Season

    Jan 27, 2013 DEL 65, @DREX 56Recap | Box Score
    Mar 3, 2013 @DEL 62, DREX 57Recap | Box Score
    » Mar 17, 2013 @DEL 59, DREX 56Recap | Box Score