Delle Donne's 41 points pace No. 15 Delaware women 

Elena Delle Donne had 41 points and 15 rebounds to lead No. 15 Delaware to an 84-66 win over Hofstra on Thursday night in a meeting of the top two teams in the Colonial Athletic Association.

It was the third time this season Delle Donne crossed the 40-point mark.

With the score tied at 55 midway through the second half, the Blue Hens (17-1, 8-0) went on a 14-0 run to take control. Delle Donne started the run by getting a rebound, dribbling up the court and firing a no-look pass to Jocelyn Bailey for a lay-in. Delle Donne, who leads the nation in scoring, hit a deep 3-pointer that made it 65-55 with just over 8 minutes left.

She added two free throws a minute later and Danielle Parker's jumper capped the burst.

Hofstra (14-5, 6-2) could get no closer than 12 the rest of the way. Shante Evans had 22 points to lead the Pride.

The Blue Hens' only blemish this season was a 85-76 loss to No. 8 Maryland in the Terps tournament. No team in the conference has come within single digits of them.

Sensing the importance of the game, Delle Donne was more aggressive from the start. The 6-foot-5 junior took a season-high 29 shots and for stretches looked unstoppable. She had 12 points and an assist during one stretch of the first half. She also had the first seven points for the Blue Hens in the second half.

In one sequence she hit a 3-pointer, ran back on defense and had a monster block then ran back the other way finishing off the fast break with a lay-in. That brought the crowd of 3,500 to its feet.

Delle Donne broke the 40-point barrier on a baseline jumper with 1:31 left in the game. She exited a short time after. She was still well short of her career-high 54 two seasons against James Madison.

Hofstra, which already has wins this season over St. John's and Kansas State as well as Marist, was playing its 10th game ever against a ranked opponent. The Pride's only victory came in coach Krista Kilburn-Stevesky's first season with a 57-53 win over Michigan State.

However that would have paled in comparison to a victory over Delaware as it would have put the Pride in first place in the conference.

The two teams will meet again at Hofstra on Feb. 16. The Pride haven't had much success in the series with Delaware losing 46 of the 56 meetings.

Hofstra guard Katelyn Loper was back in the starting lineup. She missed two games after injuring her head in a win over William & Mary. Loper came off the bench in the next two games, but was back in the starting lineup against Delaware.

The sophomore had 10 points in the first 10 minutes as Hofstra built a nine-point lead. Delaware rallied behind Delle Donne. The junior forward had 12 points and an assist during one stretch as the Blue Hens cut into Hofstra's lead.

Her pass across the lane with just under 2 seconds left in the first half to Kelsey Buchanan tied the game at 37. Delle Donne finished the half with 16 points, six rebounds, and three assists.

Evans and Loper each had 12 points for Hofstra.

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