It was unknown until game time Naismith Player of the Year Candidate Elena Delle Donne would suit up for Delaware after suffering an ankle injury last week, but when she did the Retrievers immediately went from favorites to underdog. While Topé Obajolu scored the first points of the game with a three-pointer, UMBC did not lead after the first minute of the game as the fall, 70-61.
At one point UMBC trailed the Blue Hens by 17 points but the Retriever cut it to nine by the end of the game.
Carlee Cassidy and Michelle Kurowski each recorded 17 points (Kurowski also had nine rebounds) but no other Retriever would score in double figures. Katie Brooks and Meghan Colabella (who came in off the bench in her first game back since a head injury) each recorded eight points. Obajolu recorded seven points and Michele Brokans, Chrissy Robinson, and Chelsea Barker combined for the final four points.
Defensively UMBC was just outmatched. Delle Donne scored a game high 20 points while Tesia Harris (15 points), Lauren Carra (14 points), and Jocelyn Bailey (11) all scored in double figures.
Despite winning the turnover battle as UMBC turned the ball over just 13 times to Delaware’s 22, UMBC did not shoot the ball well (just 33.3% from the field and 25.9% from three) while Delaware shot it well (42.6% from the field and 44.4% from three point range).
UMBC was out rebounded 49-33 and fall to 4-3 and are entering a six game road trip to conclude non-conference play, ending on January 3 against Virginia Tech.