NEWARK, Del.—Elena Delle Donne had 40 points, 12 rebounds and four blocks to help Delaware rally to an 80-71 victory over No. 11 Penn State on Thursday night.
The Lions (2-1) were the highest-ranked team that the Blue Hens (2-0) have ever beaten. It was also just the third victory ever over a top 25 team for Delaware, which had been receiving votes in the AP top 25.
For Delle Donne, a 6-foot-5 junior, her 40 points were the third highest total in program history as well as in her career. The total also set a single-game women's record for the Carpenter Center. She was 15 for 23 from the field.
Alex Bentley scored 20 points to lead Penn State.
Before Thursday, the previous highest ranked team Delaware beat was No. 20 Kentucky in 2006.
In a contest that featured 10 lead changes and five ties, the Blue Hens trailed 51-43 after a 3-pointer from Penn State's Zhaque Gray with 12:08 remaining in the game.
Delaware, which led by as many as 12 points at the start of the contest, took its first lead of the second half at 59-58 on a three-point play by Delle Donne with 7:24 left. After four lead changes, the Blue Hens went ahead for good at 63-62 when Jocelyn Bailey scored on an offensive rebound.
Delaware finished the game on a 19-9 run, taking as much as an 80-69 advantage with 41 seconds remaining.
Junior guard Trumae Lucas, a transfer from Florida, added 15 points for the Blue Hens.
Gray added 15 for the Lions, who shot only 28.9 percent (11-of-38) in the second half.
Delaware scored eight of the game's first nine points and held a 15-3 lead when Delle Donne sank a pair of free throws with 16:22 left in the first half. Penn State answered with a 15-0 run, taking its first advantage of the game at 16-15 on a Bentley jumper with 11:15 remaining before intermission.
The two teams the lead four more times before halftime. The Lions then used a 9-1 spurt to go up 35-30 before taking a 35-32 halftime lead.