Elena Delle Donne poured in 33 points in the last college game of her career as the seventh-ranked Kentucky Wildcats topped the 15th-ranked Delaware Blue Hens 69-62 in the Bridgeport Regional semifinals on March 30.
Delle Donne was 11-of-22 from the floor and a perfect 11-of-11 from the free throw line. She also grabbed nine boards.
Delle Donne averaged 33.0 points during this year’s NCAA Tournament, which is the third highest for a single tournament. She scored at least 33 points in each of her five career tournament games, averaging 34.4 points a game along the way.
Delle Donne moved up four spots to fifth on the NCAA all-time leading scoring list with 3,039 points. She passed Cheryl Miller, Chamique Holdsclaw and Maya Moore with her performance against Kentucky.
“I wasn’t aware of anything of that nature,” Delle Donne said when told about passing the three stars on the scoring list. “That’s incredible and it’s definitely humbling to be amongst those names.”
The 6-5 forward probably would have broken Jackie Stiles’ all-time scoring record (3,393) had she not missed 22 games during her career. She averaged 26.6 points (third most ever) for her career.
Lauren Carra added 10 points and 10 rebounds for Delaware (32-4), which reached the Sweet 16 for the first time in program history.
Jennifer O’Neil led the way for Kentucky with 19 points while A’dia Mathies, the SEC’s co-Player of the Year, added 16 points and nine rebounds.
Kentucky (30-5) advances to the Elite Eight for the second straight year and will face the Connecticut Huskies (32-4) on April 1.
– Delaware’s 32 victories is a school record.
– The Blue Hens saw their 27-game winning streak come to an end with the loss to Kentucky.
-The Blue Hens won the Colonial Athletic Association for the second straight season.
– Delle Donne topped the 30-point plateau 37 times in her career and finished as the school’s all-time leader in most categories.
– Delle Donne was a two-time Academic All-American of the Year, a three-time CAA Player of the Year, and a four-time All-American.