No. 15 Delaware eliminates Hofstra women in CAA semifinals

Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens guard/forward Elena Delle Donne

Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens guard/forward Elena Delle Donne drives between Hofstra Pride forward Anma Onyeuku and Hofstra Pride guard Sydni Epps in the first half. (Feb. 28, 2013) (Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan)

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Hofstra coach Krista Kilburn-Steveksey was hoping for a fairy-tale type finale for her team Saturday, but it wasn't to be as the Pride couldn't overcome No. 15 Delaware's powerful offense in a 75-54 loss to the Blue Hens in a CAA semifinal at Show Place Arena in Upper Marlboro, Md.

"It's definitely not the storybook ending we wanted today," Kilburn-Steveskey said. "We got beat by the better team."

Elena Delle Donne had 21 points, 13 rebounds and two blocks for Delaware (29-3).

It was the final game for Hofstra seniors Shante Evans, Candace Bond and Deven Green.

Evans had just seven points and six rebounds, but finished her career as the program's all-time leader in points (2,116) and rebounds (1,348). The rebounding mark is also a CAA record.

Bond, CAA defensive player of the year, had six points and three steals. Green led Hofstra (14-17) with 16 points and added five rebounds.

"These guys have set the foundation," Kilburn-Steveskey said. "To be able to get to a semifinal game and to talk about what it takes for this program to make it to the next level, to know what it feels like to play against the No. 1 seed . . . that's where we want to be."

Green, a Monroe CC transfer, spoke fondly of her two years at Hofstra, which made its first semifinal appearance since 2007.

"It's been a long run, even though I've been here for two years," Green said. "It's been a great ride, ups and downs and all."

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