By Sean Greene 9:18pm, February 24, 2013
VIDEO: Highlights and Reaction from UD vs. JMUElena Delle Donne scored 28 points and recorded 6 blocks as Delaware escaped with a 61-60 conference victory over James Madison Sunday afternoon.
The second place Dukes (18-9, 13-3 CAA) led by as many as eight in the first half, and grabbed 30 offensive rebounds as they pierced their way through Delaware's zone.
Delaware (24-3, 15-0 CAA) finally re-claimed the lead at the 14:22 mark of the second half following a basket and free throw by Elena Delle Donne. The Blue Hens eventually stretched the advantage to seven at 60-53 with 1:00 left after Delle Donne made another set of free throws.
James Madison would not give up however, as Kirby Burkholder hit a pair of free throws after being fouled near the three-point arc by Kayla Miller. Burkholder then fouled Miller on the next possession, but the senior missed both of her shots at the charity stripe to keep it 60-55.
Burkholder then missed a three, but after yet another offensive rebound, Tarik Hislop banked in a three-pointer with 25 seconds remaining to cut the deficit to two.
Delle Donne was then fouled, but after connecting on her first free throw to make her 11-for-11 at the line, she missed her second, only to have Danielle Parker grab the rebound. Instead of peeling back with just 13 seconds remaining, Parker put up a shot that missed, and JMU grabbed possession with a chance to tie.
They were unable to get a 3-point look as Hislop drove the lane, missing a shot with three seconds left.
Just when it seemed Delaware was out of the woods, Lauren Carra took the inbounds pass, only to have it stolen by Precious Hall, who surprisingly took the layup with just four tenths of a second remaining, and JMU could not get the foul needed before the game ended.
JMU took 77 shots to just 51 for the Blue Hens on the afternoon, but the Dukes were just 31 percent from the field. Delaware's 47.8 percent (11-of-23) shooting kept them in the game despite all the extra chances from the Dukes, including one possession where JMU grabbed nine offensive rebounds but did not score.
JMU's 55 combined rebounds was the most allowed by the Blue Hens since surrendering 56 in a victory over St. Francis (PA) on November 23, 2010.
Danielle Parker led Delaware with 11 rebounds, and was second in points with eight.
Delaware travels to Long Island to face Hofstra on Thursday night.
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