NEWARK, Del. -- Elena Delle Donne had 27 points and 15 rebounds to lead No. 12 Delaware to its 11th straight victory, a 76-63 win over Old Dominion on Thursday night.
The Blue Hens (21-1, 12-0 Colonial Athletic Association) led from start to finish although they had to withstand a rally by the Monarchs (6-16, 5-7) in the second half. The country's leading scorer at 28.1 points per game, Delle Donne hit 11 of 24 shots from the floor.Lauren Carra added 18 points for Delaware while teammate Danielle Parker scored 13. The Hens finished with a 48-41 edge in rebounds.Tia Lewis had a team-high 15 points for Old Dominion with Myeisha Hall adding 14 and Jackie Cook scoring 11.The victory was only the fifth for Delaware in 22 games against Old Dominion.The Monarchs beat the Hens twice in the regular season last year before the Hens downed Old Dominion in the CAA quarterfinals.Delaware led by as many as 23 points midway through the second half before Old Dominion rallied. The Monarchs used a 24-9 run in one seven-minute stretch to cut the Hens' lead to 62-54 on Hall's 3-pointer with 6:45 left.Old Dominion never got closer than eight points the rest of the way as the Hens closed out the victory by tallying 12 of the contest's final 19 points.Leading 34-24 at halftime, Delaware started the second half on a 10-2 run to stretch its advantage to 44-26. Carra sank a pair of three-pointers in that run.Delaware opened up its halftime lead behind 11 points and seven rebounds from Delle Donne.The Hens' first double-digit lead came at 26-16 when Delle Donne completed a three-point play.The Hens shot 31 percent (13-of-42) in the opening 20 minutes and outrebounded the Monarchs, 34-24.