Mar 30, 2013, 4:23 PM EDT
The Delaware Blue Hens’ season came to an end today as they fell to second-seeded Kentucky in the Regional Semifinals on Saturday, March 30th, 69-62. The historic journey did not end without a fight. A season that included a school record 32 wins, a second straight CAA tournament title, and the school’s first ever trip to the NCAA Sweet 16 finally came to an end as the No. 15th-ranked Blue Hens fell to No. 7 Kentucky Wildcats in the Bridgeport Regional.
The loss snapped the Blue Hens’ streak of 27 wins, that dated back all the way back to mid-December when Delaware fell to nationally-ranked Maryland. The Blue Hens ended the season with a 32-4 overall record, while the Wildcats improved to 29-6 overall.
The career of one of the greatest student-athletes in NCAA history came to a close as Elena Delle Donne finished with 33 points — for the third straight game — and closed out her career as the fifth leading scorer in Division I women’s basketball all-time with 3,039 points. Delle Donne surpassed the 20-point mark for the 14th straight game and for the 25th time this season, while also reaching the 30-point plateau for the 37th time in her illustrious career. Check out what this season and this last game meant to Delle Donne on this clip. Delle Donne, one of ESPN’s “Three To Watch” along with Notre Dame’s Skyler Diggins and Baylor’s Brittany Griner, was tweeting with Griner today as you can read here.
“I couldn’t be more proud of the way our team played today, how they played all season, and the character of the kids we have on this team both on and off the court,” said Delaware head coach Tina Martin, who had guided the team to its second straight NCAA Tournaments and its fourth all-time. “What more could a coach as for.”
The loss also ended the career of seven Blue Hens seniors – Delle Donne, Danille Parker, Lauren Carra, Trumae Lucas, Kayla Miller, Jaquetta May, and Chelsea Craig – who had led Delaware to 104 victories, four 20-win seasons, two 30-win seasons, two CAA titles, and two NCAA Tournament berths.
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