Delle Donne, Delaware Too Much For Yale

Aarica West. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Aarica West. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Delle Donne Tallies 21 of 28 Points in First Half to Power Blue Hens Past Bulldogs


NEWARK, Del. — For the second time in less than two weeks, the Yale University women's basketball team took on one of the nation's best players. Baylor's Brittney Griner dominated the Bulldogs on Nov. 22, and Elena Delle Donne was nearly as dominant on Monday.

Delle Donne scored 21 of her game-high 28 points in the first half to power No. 22 Delaware to a 77-45 victory over Yale at the Bob Carpenter Center Monday night.

It was Yale's first game since it ended its three-game Texas trip with a 59-57 win over Texas-Pan American on Nov. 26.

Delle Donne scored Delaware's first 11 points of the game, fueling the Blue Hens' 11-2 run over the first 2:34 of the game.

Yale junior guard Aarica West answered by scoring the Bulldogs' first eight points, but by the time she sank a free throw for her eighth point with 11:35 left in the half, Delaware had already scored 24 points.

The Blue Hens pushed on from there, thanks in large part to a stifling defensive effort. After allowing West to score her eight points at the start of the game, the Blue Hens held the other nine Bulldogs to just 12 points, keeping five of them scoreless. The Blue Hens limited the Bulldogs to just 9-of-23 shooting and outrebounded the Bulldogs 25-12 in the first half.

The second half proved to be just as tough for Yale, which took 37 shots in the half, making just nine of them.

Junior guard Megan Vasquez scored eight of her 10 points in the second half to lead the Yale offense. Sophomore center Zenab Keita and West both finished with eight points.

Aside from Delle Donne's 28 points, no other Blue Hen player scored more than five points, but all but one of their 15 players scored at least two points. Three players scored five points, while six chipped in with four.

Monday's game was the last of a six-game run of road contests for the Bulldogs. They return home on Wednesday to take on Boston University as part of a doubleheader with the men's basketball team that begins at 5 p.m. inside the friendly confines of John J. Lee Amphitheater.

Report filed by Jon Erickson Jr., Yale Sports Publicity