MANAGING SPORTS EDITOR
A week after leading scorer Nicole Enabosi returned to the floor after missing one game due to illness, the Delaware women’s basketball team now operates without another one of its front court leaders.
On Thursday redshirt junior forward Sadé Chatman was suspended from the team indefinitely for undisclosed reasons.
“The University of Delaware announced Thursday that women’s basketball junior Sadé Chatman has been suspended from the team, effective immediately,” the press release said. “There will be no further comment on the situation from university personnel or student-athletes.”
The university has not specified on anything beyond what is is noted in the press release. It is unclear if Chatman is allowed in university athletic facilities or in the presence of other team members.
Chatman had been averaging 9.6 points per game and 5.6 rebounds per game in just over 26 minutes per game. She is tied for 23rd in the CAA in scoring, which was bolstered by her career-high performance on Jan. 20 vs. Northeastern in which she scored 20 points.
In the absence of Chatman, freshman forward Rebecca Lawrence is a prime target to get more minutes because of the similarities in her game to that of Chatman. However, Lawrence scored zero points in a combined five minutes of play in Delaware’s weekend losses to Northeastern and Drexel.
Chatman’s absence also has implications to forwards Makeda Nicholas and Hannah Jardine, whose workload has already increased. Both Jardine and Nicholas tallied over 32 minutes in each of the two games this weekend. That had only happened twice in the previous four games.
It is unclear whether Chatman will return to the court this season. The St. Paul, Minn. native is in her second season with the Blue Hens after transferring from Clemson, where she played for one season.
Delaware dropped both games since her suspension, and now sits with a 14-10 record, 8-7 in the conference. Three games remain on their regular season schedule: Elon and Charleston this coming weekend and then a home game on March 1 to close the season. CAA tournament play begins March 8 at James Madison University in Virginia.