Blue Hens women’s basketball aims to make noise in CAA Tournament
The Blue Hens women’s basketball team closed out the regular season last Wednesday night with a convincing 16-point win at the Bob Carpenter Center in a senior night matchup against Towson. The Hens will now set their sights on the CAA Tournament, tipping off against William & Mary in Harrisonburg, Va. on March 9. The winner of the tournament will receive an automatic bid to represent the CAA in the upcoming NCAA Tournament.
The win over Towson represented the Hens’ 16th of the season, which moved their final win-loss tally to 16-13. The squad’s inconsistency has been prevalent throughout the season, with the Hens earning some wins against quality competition but also dropping games they should have won against opposition with inferior records.
The Hens have struggled to consistently score the ball over the course of a 29-game season, ranking second-to-last in the CAA by scoring an average of 57.6 points per game. This low offensive output has made it hard for the Hens to secure wins on a regular basis, often wasting stout defensive efforts. The Hens rank second in the conference in scoring defense, holding their opponents to just 58 points per game, and are allowing the third-lowest opposing field goal percentage of any team in the conference.
If the Hens do end up making a run in the CAA Tournament, sophomore forward Nicole Enabosi will likely be one of the main reasons. Enabosi leads the Hens in points per game, steals and field goal percentage. She is also averaging a double-double for the season, pulling down 10.1 boards per game to go along with her 13.9 points per game. The Hens will also need major contributions in the tournament from senior guard Erika Brown, who has logged over 1,000 minutes this season to lead the team.
The main obstacle to the Hens making a run at the CAA Tournament Title could very well show itself early-on in the tournament. Top-seeded Elon, who finished the regular season at 24-6 and is riding a five-game winning streak, would match up with the Blue Hens in the semi-finals if both teams win their quarterfinal matchups.
The Hens enter the competition as the number five seed, earning them a bye to the quarterfinals where they will face the fourth-seeded William & Mary at 2:30 p.m. on Mar. 9. The Blue Hens split their two previous matchups of the season against William & Mary, losing the first contest before bouncing back to win the rematch on the road by double-digits.
The Hens enter the tournament on a two game winning streak after defeating College of Charleston and Towson to close out the regular season. William & Mary has won their past three games, including a victory against third-seeded Drexel in their last game of the regular season.