Bridgeport, CT (Sports Network) - Jennifer O'Neaill scored 19 points for
Kentucky as the second-seeded Wildcats defeated the sixth-seeded Delaware Blue
Hens, 69-62, in the Sweet 16 of the 2013 NCAA Women's Tournament at Webster
A'dia Mathies netted 16 points for Kentucky (30-5), which will take on the
winner of the Connecticut-Maryland game in the Elite 8. The Wildcats also went
to the regional final last season only to be defeated by Connecticut by 15
Elena Delle Donne poured in 33 points and grabbed nine rebounds in her final
collegiate game for Delaware (32-4). Lauren Carra posted a double-double with
10 points and 10 rebounds while Trumae Lucas chipped in with 11 points. Delle
Donne finished the contest as the fifth all-time leading scorer in NCAA
history as she passed Cheryl Miller, Chamique Holdsclaw and Maya Moore on
The Wildcats took control early on and led 41-27 at halftime after they hit on
44.4 percent of their field goal attempts in the opening 20 minutes. Delle
Donne scored 17 points in the first half, but her squad trailed by double-
digits after grabbing 13 less rebounds in the period.
The Blue Hens refused to go away and scored 22 points in the paint along with
17 second-chance points after the intermission. Kentucky watched its lead get
increasingly smaller as Delle Donne hit a jumper with 2:47 left to bring
Delaware within two points at 62-60, but Kastine Evans drilled a 3-pointer for
the Wildcats on the next possession to put it out of reach.
Delaware finished the contest 19-of-20 from the free-throw line and ended up
with 40 rebounds to Kentucky's 35. The Blue Hens were plagued by 19 turnovers
which the Wildcats converted into 13 points.
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