Burlington, Vt. -- Third-seeded Delaware broke open a tight game with a 16-0 second half run and went on the defeat sixth-seeded New Hampshire, 77-65, in the America East Women's basketball quarterfinal lidlifter at the Patrick Gymnasium on Thursday afternoon. The win was the ninth straight this season for the Blue Hens as well as their first ever in 13 ties at the Patrick Gym.
Behind 12 points by All-America East forward Orsi Farkas, UNH led most of the first half. A late Delaware spurt fueld by Daniele Leyfert, who had 15 of her game high 26 before the break, made it 34-32 after twenty minutes.
The teams then traded baskets as there were seven ties and twelve lead changes in twelve minutes after halftime. With the Wildcats leading 57-56 with 7:45 left, Delaware's All-League guard Cindy Johnson took over as she scored 10 of the next 16 points in the Hens' deciding run.
Johnson finished with 17 and Suzanne Street added 10 as the Blue Hens shot 57.7% from the floor in the second half. With the win, Delaware (21-7) advances to the semifinal round of the America East Championships for the first time since 1993.
Farkas tallied a team-high 20 in the last game of her career, while Aubrey Danen had 14 as UNH ends their season at 13-15.