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No. 16 Delaware Women Beat Towson 65-46

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(Credit: AP)

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TOWSON, Md. (AP) — Lauren Carra and Elena Delle Donne, the top scorer in NCAA Division I, each had 15 points as No. 16 Delaware stretched its winning streak to five with a 65-46 victory over Towson in a Colonial Athletic Association game Thursday.

Delle Donne, a 6’5″ junior, entered the game averaging 29.3 points, but the 15 points were a season low. She struggled from the field throughout, making only four of 11 shots as Towson (11-6, 2-4) constantly double-teamed her.

In addition, Delle Donne didn’t hit a field goal until 17:46 remained in the game. She made seven free throws in the first half and had eight points in the second — all of which came in a stretch of less than 6 minutes. Delle Donne didn’t score for the final 11:29.

But Delle Donne still nearly got a double-double. She finished with eight rebounds and added three steals and two blocks in 30 minutes.

Delle Donne played only 22 minutes in Delaware’s last game, a 70-54 victory over Northeastern on Jan. 15, coming off the bench due to a leg injury. That’s the only game she hasn’t started this season.

Carra’s 15 points tied a season high for the junior guard, who also added six rebounds and four assists.

Delle Donne’s struggles didn’t bother the Blue Hens (15-1, 6-0). Their passing helped find numerous open shots as Delaware had 13 assists on 13 first-half baskets en route to a 39-18 lead at the break.

Tanisha McTiller led Towson with 13 points. The Tigers shot just 27 percent in the first half and never led in the game.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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