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Delaware women beat North Carolina 78-69 in NCAAs

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 26, 2013 at 10:24 pm •  Published: March 26, 2013
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The Tar Heels were called for 24 fouls compared to 13 for the Blue Hens, and a discrepancy did not escape Hatchell's notice.

"I wish Delaware good luck when they get on a neutral court," she said.

When asked to comment on having her two stars in foul trouble and the 24 whistles against the Tar Heels, Hatchell said, "That hasn't been a problem all year until now. With Pratt and Waltiea both out, that was the difference in the game. But I told the girls in the locker room, 'This is a great lesson. Life isn't always fair.'"

Delle Donne missed 18 of 28 field goal tries, but the 6-5 senior went 11 for 13 at the line and now has 3,006 points during a sensational career in her home state.

"I don't think I've wanted anything more than this win, and that's saying a lot," she said.

Trumae Lucas scored 20 for the Blue Hens and Danielle Parker contributed 14 points and 13 rebounds.

"This is without question the greatest victory in Delaware sports history," Martin declared.

Delaware trailed 48-39 when Rolle picked up her third foul with 16:39 remaining. The Tar Heels slowed down their offense to kill time while their center was on the bench, and she returned 2 minutes later but was whistled for her fourth foul with 12:47 left.

To make matters worse, Ruffin-Pratt got her fourth foul less than a minute later.

With its two leading scorers on the bench, North Carolina came apart. Delle Donne made a basket, Parker scored on a drive and Lucas sank two straight layups to put the Blue Hens up 52-51, their first lead since 30-29.

Xylina McDaniel then scored on a drive for the Tar Heels, their first basket in nearly six minutes, but Delle Donne reached the 3,000 mark with a follow of her own miss to put Delaware back in front.

It was 63-60 when Rolle fouled out, and Lucas subsequently made two foul shots for a 65-60 advantage.

Told of Hatchell's insinuation about the officiating, Martin said, "I don't see it the same way Coach Hatchell does. We will agree to disagree on this one."

Rolle had 15 points and six blocked shots in the first half to offset a 19-point effort by Delle Donne and help the Tar Heels take a 43-35 lead at the break.