The roar of the crowd was deafening. Voices, feet stomping, hands clapping...it was all there Tuesday night as the Delaware women's basketball team, behind All-American Elena Delle Donne made school history with a 78-69 win over North Carolina and a spot in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA women's basketball championship.
In the late 90's, Mike Brey's men's teams won back-to-back America East championships on the Bob Carpenter Center floor and the place was rocking the same way. I wasn't sure I would ever hear it that way again...and I may not for the men.
But Tina Martin had the greatest present handed to her four years ago when Elena Delle Donne lasted just one day at UConn and came back to Delaware, where she eventually decided she still liked basketball and became one of the greatest players in the history of NCAA women's hoops.
Last night, she scored 33 points, in so doing, becoming the 9th player in NCAA women's basketball to reach the 3000 point mark. She is one of the top three or four players in the country and Martin has surrounded her with enough talent to become one of the best teams in the country...not just Elena and the munchkins.
It will be interesting to see what they can do in the regionals against the 2-seeded Kentucky Wildcats...but don't count them out...Delle Donne will still be the best player on the court in that game. It was only fitting that she, and her teammates, won on Tuesday for EDD's last game in Delaware.
Posted at 9:28am on March 27, 2013 by Big Don Voltz
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