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Women’s Basketball vs. Delaware Preview

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Probable Starters:

UMBC (4-2):
C- Topé Obajolu (6.7 ppg, 4.7 rpg, .459 FG%)
F- Erin Brown (11.6 ppg, 5.2 rpg, .451 FG%)
G- Carlee Cassidy (13.3 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 2.5 apg)
G- Michelle Kurowski (17.7 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 2. apg)
G- Katie Brooks (6.8 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 3.3 apg)

Key Reserves:
C- Chrissy Robinson (2.2 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 1.000 FG%)
F- Kim Browning (0.0 ppg, 1.0 rpg, 0.2 bpg)
G- Chelsea Barker (6.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg, .538 FG%)
G- Michele Brokans (1.0 ppg, 2.5 apg, 1.3 rpg)

Delaware (2-3):
F- Danielle Parker (5.4 ppg, 4.0 rpg, .526 FG%)
F- Ariene Jenkins (6.6 ppg, 4.2 rpg, .458 FG%)
G- Lauren Carra (12.3 ppg, 1.3 rpg, .462 FG%)
G- Vanessa Kabongo (3.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 1.2 spg)
G- Tesia Harris (11.4 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 1.6 apg)

Key Reserves:
F- Eva Riddick (2.4 ppg, 2.2 rpg, .556 FG%)
G- Jocelyn Bailey (5.4 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 1.8 spg)
G- Corinthia Benison (4.3 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 1.3 apg)

There are two very significant player who’s activity in this game is up in the air. For UMBC that is forward Meghan Colabella (11.8 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 1.2 bpg) who has been held out of action with a head injury. Without knowing what the injury is I’m hesitant to say that a person will play two weeks after a head injury that has kept them out of two games already. If she is cleared it will be a huge boost to UMBC, but the team has won two games since she has been out, so the know how to win without her presence.

For Delaware the injury happens to be to Naismith Pre-Season Player of the Year Candidate Elena Delle Donne (25.0 ppg, 9.0 rpg, 3.7 apg, 1.3 bpg, .472 FG%). She transfered from Connecticut before her freshman season, but she is called the Michael Jordan of women’s basketball, and for good reason. Since she suffered an ankle injury at Houston the team has lost two straight games by an average of 17.5 points. It’s obvious that the team really needs her. She very well may suit up in the game and she will be a handful for UMBC but as of right now she is listed as day-to-day and there have been no reports of her being cleared.

This could mean a fourth straight win for UMBC. But just because the Blue Hens are without a great player and have lost two in a row does not mean they will just roll over for UMBC. UMBC has plenty of talent on their team, but Delaware still have Lauren Carra and Tesia Harris to look out for on the offensive end, as well as a great all-around rebounding team.

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