Led by superstar Elena Delle Donne, Delaware’s nationally-ranked women’s basketball team has become the biggest sports story in First State. This weekend, the rest of the nation will get a look as the seventh-ranked Blue Hens begin their run in the NCAA Tournament.
DFM News’ Patrick Mairs headed to Newark to check in on the Blue Hens before they head south to take on Arkansas-Little Rock in Sunday’s first round.
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DFM News chats with the Blue Hens about the match-up with Arkansas-Little Rock and ending Delaware’s postseason drought in basketball.
The Hens, seeded third in the tournament’s Des Moines regional, are 30-1 and own a school record 20 game wins streak. The team’s last loss, an 85-76 setback at fifth-ranked 5 Maryland, came on Dec. 29. Arkansas-Little Rock (20-15) is the Sun Belt Conference champion and seeded 14th in the Des Moines regional. The Trojans are 11-5 on their home floor at The Jack Stephens Center where Sunday’s first round game will tip-off at 5:20 Eastern time.
In addition to moving on to the NCAA tournament’s second round, and a match-up with either Kansas or Nebraska, The Hens are seeking UD’s first ever post-season basketball win. The UD men’s team is 0-6 lifetime in the NCAA, NIT and CBI post-season tourney action following Tuesday’s loss at Butler in the first round of the CBI tournament. The women’s team is 0-8 in the postseason, including an 0-2 NCAA tournament record.