LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky's primary goal against Delaware will be like all Blue Hens' opponents: try to keep All-American Elena Delle Donne from taking control of the game.
It's not the first time this season the Wildcats have faced one of the sport's best players.
Kentucky coach Matthew Mitchell believes his team learned from their experience against the game's most imposing player - 6-foot-8 Brittney Griner - in a 85-51 loss to Baylor. The 6-5 Delle Donne presents a different challenge; she rebounds, is a willing passer and averages 28.5 points - but she can dominate from the perimeter.
Delaware's supporting cast also makes it difficult to focus solely on Delle Donne, but having faced Griner and an even more balanced Baylor team, the Wildcats feel prepared for the round of 16 showdown.