Thursday, November 17, 2011

Delaware delivers Lion-sized win

So remember a week and a half ago when we ranked Delaware No. 1 in our Silent Majority preseason poll? Seems like maybe we had a clue if tonight's result against Penn State was any indication. The Blue Hens "stunned" Penn State 80-71, according to the ESPN headline, but to us, it really wasn't all that stunning.  We believe this Delaware team is that good with a healthy Elena Delle Donne holding the reins. The 6-5 junior did it all in this one: 40 minutes, 40 points (on 15-of-21 shooting), 12 boards and 10-of-12 at the free-throw line (as a team the Hens were 21-of-26). Her 40 points is a single game high at the Carpenter Center. The Lions (2-1) were the highest ranked team Delaware has ever beaten and only their third-ever win over a Top 25 team. The Hens trailed 51-43 with 12:08 left but would finish the game on a 19-9 run. That makes Delaware (2-0) a solid No. 1 in our poll, and we suspect those AP voters and coaches  might cast enough votes in their direction next week to get them ranked in those other polls, too.

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