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UD junior All-American Elena Delle Donne (11) is greeted by her teammates prior to the start of a game against Drexel.

Hens rise to No. 7

UD women's basketball No. 7 in latest Associated Press poll


2:26 p.m., March 5, 2012--The University of Delaware women's basketball team, which is preparing for the Colonial Athletic Association championship tournament, is ranked No. 7 in the most recent Associated Press poll released Monday, March 5.

The Fightin' Blue Hens finished the regular season 27-1 overall and 18-0 in the CAA.

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UD's only loss was to the University of Maryland, which finished 28-4 and won the Atlantic Coast Conference championship. The Terps are ranked No. 5 in the poll.

Baylor University (31-0) was the unanimous choice at No. 1 and was followed in the top five by Stanford University (28-1), the University of Notre Dame (29-2), the University of Connecticut (27-4) and Maryland (28-4).

Duke University (24-5) was ranked sixth, followed by Delaware, the University of Miami (25-5), the University of Tennessee (24-8) and the University of Wisconsin Green Bay (27-1).

UD junior All-American Elena Delle Donne leads the nation in scoring with 28.3 points per game and a fellow CAA player, Courtney Hurt of Virginia Commonwealth University, leads the nation in rebounding with 12.6 per game.

Also for UD, Lauren Carra has scored 10.2 points per game and Danielle Parker has scored 9.1 points per game.

CAA tournament

UD is the first team to go undefeated in CAA regular season play since Old Dominion University went 18-0 a decade ago during the 2001-02 season. Delaware has won a school-record 19 straight CAA games since last season.

The Hens are the top seed in the CAA tournament, which will be held March 8-11 at the Show Place Arena in Upper Marlboro, Md.

They will take on the winner of first round game between Old Dominion and Towson University in the quarterfinals on Friday, March 9, with tipoff at noon.

Other top seeds in Friday's quarterfinal round are:

  • Second seed James Madison University, which will meet the winner of the game between George Mason and Northeastern at 5 p.m.; 
  • Third seed Drexel University, which will meet the winner of the game between Virginia Commonwealth and William and Mary at 7:30 p.m.; and 
  • Fourth seed Hofstra, which will meet the winner of the game between UNC Wilmington and Georgia State at 2:30 p.m.

If UD advances to the semifinals, the Hens will play at noon, Saturday, March 10. The second semifinal game will begin at 2:30 p.m., Saturday.

The conference championship game will be played at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 11.

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