By Max Sass, Sports Editor
The Hofstra women's basketball team travels into Newark, DE tonight to battle the University of Delaware Blue Hens for a top four seed and first round bye in the CAA Tournament. Delaware previously beat Hofstra 71-65 at the Mack Sports Complex on January, 24.
Superstar freshman forward Elena Delle Donne scored 35 points in the game for the Hens. Delle Donne is questionable for tonight's game with a sprained ankle and is not listed as a projected starter. Delle Donne started shooting around, in uniform, at about 5:45 p.m. with minimal support on her injured ankle.
Hofstra combats Delle Donne with their own star freshman forward Shante Evans. Evans was named CAA Player and Rookie of the Week last week after averaging 15 points and 12.5 rebounds per game against Towson and Northeastern.
The Pride is looking to win its fifth straight game and its eighth in nine tries. Defense will be key for the Pride tonight against the Blue Hens. Junior guard Tesia Harris scored 25 points against Northeastern in the Hens' first game without Delle Donne.
If the Pride can manage to contain a less than 100 percent Delle Donne and Harris, the Pride should have enough offensive firepower to pull out a victory and earn a first round bye.