BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – Kentucky coach Matthew Mitchell has his team one victory away from the school’s first Final Four. The Wildcats had to overcome an incredible effort by Elena Delle Donne to get there.
Jennifer O’Neill scored 19 points and A’dia Mathies added 16 to help Kentucky hold off the Blue Hens 69-62 on Saturday in the Bridgeport regional semifinals, the final game Delle Donne’s stellar career, who scored 33 points for Delaware (32-4).
It’s the second straight season that Kentucky (30-5) has advanced to the regional final and will play Connecticut (32-4), who beat Maryland 76-50 behind 34 combined points from freshman Breanna Stewart and sophomore Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis.
Stewart also had eight rebounds and four blocked shots.
Two-time ACC player of the year Alyssa Thomas, who had scored 29 and 28 points in the team’s first two tournament games, was held to 13 for Maryland (26-8).