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Danny Johnston, Associated Press
Delaware's Elena Delle Donne (11) goes up around Arkansas-Little Rock's Janette Merriex (34) and Britteni Williams, center, during the first half of an NCAA tournament first-round women's college basketball game in Little Rock, Ark., Sunday, March 18, 2012.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Elena Delle Donne had 39 points and 11 rebounds to lift third-seeded Delaware to a 73-42 win over 14th-seeded Arkansas-Little Rock in the Little Rock Regional.

The Blue Hens (31-1) earned their first victory in three NCAA tournament appearances and ran their winning streak to 21 in a row.

Delle Donne, the nation's leading scorer at 27.5 points per game, was making her first NCAA appearance after leading Delaware to the WNIT the past two seasons. The junior didn't disappoint, collecting 20 points and nine rebounds in the first half and helping the Blue Hens pull away in the second.

Marian Kursh had 12 points for the Trojans (20-13), who were making their third straight NCAA appearance.