The University of Delaware women's basketball team came to Long Island looking for redemption Thursday night. That may seem like an odd statement, considering the Hens entered play at Hofstra riding a 19-game winning streak overall and had won 36 consecutive games in the conference. But after two straight sub-par performances in closer than expected wins over James Madison and George Mason, Tina Martin's team needed to get back to the kind of crisp execution that had become its trademark over the last two seasons.
That happened and then some on Thursday. Trailing by two with 2:32 remaining in the opening half, Delaware ripped off the game's next 21 points and 49 of the final 67 en route to a 79-50 rout of the Pride.
The win clinched Delaware's second straight outright regular season CAA championship.
Elena Delle Donne was other-worldly as she scored 10 straight points all by herself at one point and 32 by the time it was all said and done. The All American did it by making incredibly difficult shot after incredibly difficult shot.
She also added 10 rebounds and four blocks, dominating the game on both sides of the floor.
"It was a big win for us," Delle Donne said. "We needed to put together that kind of effort for a full 40 minutes, so it was great to see us execute the way we did."
Head coach Tina Martin was most impressed by the way her team defended.
"We earned this win on the defensive side of the ball," Martin said. "I thought the kids did a really good job digging in and defending the way we are capable of.
"Honestly this is as happy as I have been in weeks because of the effort these kids put forth tonight. It was a complete performance by our team."
Danielle Parker added a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds. She was incredibly efficient on the offensive end, knocking down seven-of-nine shots. Trumae Lucas played her best game of the season scoring 13 points and dropping eight dimes.
"Trumae was terrific tonight," Martin said. "She caught fire with her jumper, which was great to see. But she also did a great job getting us into our offense.
The win also completed Delaware's road slate. The Hens lost just once away from the Carpenter Center all season. UD wraps up its regular season with home games against Drexel and Georgia State. It will be an emotional stretch for a senior-laden team, but at least they enter it with their confidence fully restored.