UPPER MARLBORO, Md. — Elena Delle Donne scored 28 points, and No. 15 Delaware held off Drexel 59-56 Sunday to win its second consecutive Colonial Athletic Association title and extend its school-record winning streak to 25 games.
The victory earned the Blue Hens (30-3) an automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament.
Delaware hosts the first and second rounds and will almost certainly open at home.
The top-seeded Blue Hens led by 46-29 with 14:35 left before the Dragons (22-10) rallied to go in front 56-55 with 1:10 remaining. After Trumae Lucas made two free throws for Delaware with 44.4 seconds to go, Drexel’s Abby Redick was called
Delle Donne made two free throws with 9.9 seconds left, and Drexel never got off a final shot. Soon after that, the Blue Hens lined up to cut down the net.
NO. 20 GREEN BAY 54, LOYOLA OF CHICAGO 38
In Green Bay, Wis, Sarah Eichler scored 16 points and Adrian Ritchie added 15 points as Green Bay beat Loyola of Chicago in the final.
It’s Green Bay’s third league tournament title in a row.
The Phoenix (29-2) have won 24 in a row. They beat Loyola twice during the regular season by an average of 14.5 points.
Green Bay went on an early 17-4 run as Ritchie, who broke the school record for 3-pointers made in a career, scored 10 points. The Phoenix led 34-17 at halftime..
Simone Law led the Ramblers (17-15) with 12 points and a career high-tying 14 rebounds.
MISSOURI VALLEY CONFERENCE
WICHITA STATE 69, ILLINOIS STATE 65
In St. Charles, Mo., Alex Harden and Michaela Dapprich scored 19 points each to lead Wichita State to a win over Illinois State
(23-10) in the final
The top-seeded Shockers (24-9) won the tournament for the first time and will be making their first NCAA Tournament appearance.
QUINNIPIAC 72, SAINT FRANCIS 33
In Hamden, Conn., Brittany McQuain scored 14 points to lead top-seeded Quinnipiac (30-2) to a rout of Saint Francis (17-15) in the championship game, earning the Bobcats their first trip to the NCAA Tournament.