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ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – The St. Bonaventure women's basketball team (4-1) shot just 36.7 percent from the field as Delaware (4-0) defeated the previously unbeaten Bonnies Sunday afternoon, 61-49.
Preseason All-American Elena Delle Donne scored 26 points and tied a career high by grabbing 18 rebounds to lead the Blue Hens, who never trailed in the contest.
Delaware jumped out to an 11-0 lead three minutes in, led by as much as 16 in the first half and held a 32-19 halftime lead. The Bonnies shot just 2-of-10 from 3-point range in the first half, and finished the afternoon 4-of-15 (26.7 percent) from long range.
Seniors Jessica Jenkins and Megan Van Tatenhove were the lone Bona players to get into double-figure scoring with 12 and 11, respectively.
Three times the Bonnies were able to trim their deficit to single digits in the second half, but all three times UD had an answer and went back up double figures on its very next possession. All three of those scores came off offensive rebounds, as Delaware finished with 17 on the day, leading to 16 second-chance points compared with just three for St. Bonaventure.
Delaware entered the game Receiving Votes in both the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll, ranking No. 27 in the AP and No. 32 in the ESPN/USA Today. Additionally, St. Bonaventure and Delaware were ranked No. 7 and No. 2, respectively, in the nation in the RealTime RPI ranking entering the day.
Lauren Carra scored a season-high 15 points to aid in the Delaware victory, while Danielle Parker finished one point shy of a double-double with nine points and 12 rebounds.
Bonaventure was without its starting point guard as redshirt senior Armelia Horton suffered a head injury in practice on Saturday. Sophomore CeCe Dixon made her second career start in place of Horton, and finished with five points, three rebounds and a career-high-tying three steals.
Horton, Bona's third-leading scorer at 9.8 per game, leads the Bonnies with 21 made free throws and entered the game accounting for 28.8 percent of all St. Bonaventure's points from the free throw line this year. She had started 60 games over the last two+ years, and is the all-time winningest player – either men's or women's – in school history with 89 victories.
St. Bonaventure will look to bounce back when it travels to Kent State to face the Golden Flashes on Wednesday at 7 p.m.
GAME NOTES: Jenkins was presented with a commemorative 1,000 Point Club ball prior to the game … the Brown and White shot a season-low 60 percent (9-15) from the free throw line, while the Blue Hens went 9-of-12 for a 75-percent clip … Delaware closed the afternoon with a +24 advantage on the glass (48-24) … Van Tatenhove pulled down a team-high six rebounds and is now 31 caroms shy of becoming just the ninth member of the 1,000 Point & 500 Rebound Club … UD shot 24-61 for 39.3 percent … the Blue Hens outscored the Bonnies in the paint, 30-16.