Led by a game-high 18 points from junior guard Erika Brown, including 13 in the first half, Delaware used a strong performance after the break to break away from visiting UNCW in a 67-59 Colonial Athletic Association victory over the Seahawks at the Bob Carpenter Center on Friday night.
The win allowed the Blue Hens to snap a two-game losing streak, while upping their record to 6-7 overall and 1-1 in the CAA. Meanwhile, UNCW dropped to 4-9 overall and 0-2 in the league after suffering its third consecutive loss.
In leading the Blue Hens to the victory, Brown made 6 of 13 shots from the floor and converted six of eight free throws while contributing three rebounds.
Freshman forward Hannah Friend came off the bench to equal her season high with 10 points after a 3-for-8 performance from the field, including a pair of three-point field goals. She also tallied six rebounds with two blocked shots and two steals.
After falling behind by a 36-34 margin with 5:11 left in the third quarter, Delaware used a commanding 22-2 run over the next nine minutes to take a 56-38 lead. The Seahawks trimmed the deficit to 64-57 with 1:26 left, but Delaware made three of six free throws in the final 36 seconds to secure the victory.
Junior guard Naqaiyyah Teague and senior guard Shatia Cole led UNCW with 16 points each. Teague converted 7 of 12 field goal attempts, including a pair of treys from beyond the arc, while Cole was 6-for-18 from the field with a 4-for-8 showing from long range.
Junior forward Jordan Henry added 10 points with six rebounds and two blocked shots for the Seahawks, who lost at Delaware for the fifth straight time.