NEWARK, DE. – Despite a double-double from freshman sensation Bre Bolden and another 23-point performance from senior Alyssa Frye, the College of Charleston women’s hoops team could not hold off the second-place University of Delaware Blue Hens on Friday afternoon, falling 85-71 at the Bob Carpenter Center.
The College (12-12, 5-6 CAA) – who entered the game sitting fourth in the CAA standings – managed 26 points off 17 forced turnovers, grabbed 23 offensive boards and knocked down 14 of 19 from the charity stripe against the Blue Hens (15-6, 7-3 CAA).
The first half saw a back-and-forth battle as Delaware, bolstered by a strong home crowd, took control of the game early, going up 6-0 on the heels a transition layup by Joy Caracciolo with 17:14 left in the opening stanza. The Cougars quickly clawed back in to the game, however, led by their ever-productive cache of perimeter talent, going up three, 15-12 following a deep trey from junior sharp-shooter Erin Hall (Norcross, Ga.).
The Blue Hens responded, going on a 8-0 mini-run to take a 20-15 lead before extending their advantage to as many as 12 points, after a Courtni Green triple put the home team up 33-21 with 4:51 left in the first half. Two free throws from senior floor-leader Jill Brown (Midlothian, Va.) and a transition three-pointer from Alyssa Frye cut the deficit to just seven, but a late Kelsey Buchanan jumper re-asserted the Delaware lead to nine, 40-31, as the teams made their way to the locker rooms at the halftime break.
The second half started well for The College as Jill Brown used a high ball screen from junior Mikaela Hopkins (Augusta, Ga.) to knock down a mid-range jumper before Frye followed with her fourth trey of the game to close the gap to just four points. After two Delaware free throws, senior combo-guard Afreyea Tolbert took control, scoring on three consecutive possessions before swiping an errant Delaware skip pass and dropping a perfectly-placed dime to Frye, who knocked down another open three-pointer to give the Cougars the momentum and a three point, 47-44 lead with 15 minutes to play in the game.
Over the next three minutes, both teams traded baskets before Buchanan managed back-to-back buckets with just over twelve minutes to play to give the Blue Hens a four point lead. Frye’s ensuing triple cut the Delaware advantage to just one, 51-50, but that would be as close as The College would get as Delaware went on an 11-1 run, quickly extending their lead to 62-51 with 8:59 to go.
Despite baskets down the stretch from Bolden, Brown and Hall, the Cougars couldn’t find their way back in to the game, eventually falling 85-71.
Next up for the College is the Hoftsra Pride, at home, Sunday, Feb. 16. Tip-off is set for 3:30 p.m.
• Delaware’s victory ties the all-time series at 1-1, following the Cougars 68-66 win over the Blue Hens, in Charleston on Jan. 26.
• Senior Alyssa Frye hit another six three-pointers on Friday evening, extending her career record mark for most career three-pointers to 220.
•Freshman guard Bre Bolden recorded her second double-double of the season against Delaware, with her 11 point, 10 rebound performance. Bolden’s previous (15 point, 10 rebound) double-double also came against the Blue Hens on Jan. 26.
• Jill Brown played another 40 minutes on Friday. She entered the game averaging 37.6 minutes played per outing.
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