NEWARK, Del. -- It was a replay that West Virginia could have done without.
The Mountaineers played a solid first half against sixth-seeded Delaware in the opening round of the NCAA tournament Sunday, just as they did against Oklahoma in the Big 12 tournament.
And then came the final 20 minutes.
Delaware star Elena Delle Donne scored 20 of her 33 points in the second half, and the Blue Hens eliminated West Virginia with a 66-53 victory.
Ayana Dunning had 15 points and 10 rebounds for 11th-seeded West Virginia (17-14), which closed the season with a four-game losing streak. The Mountaineers blew a 19-point halftime lead against Oklahoma, and they also wilted in the second half of this one after holding a 33-26 advantage.
In both games, the Mountaineers were outscored 40-20 after halftime.
"The similarities were we didn't execute as well as we could have in both games,'' Dunning said. "It is kind of frustrating.''
Dunning would have preferred to end her college career on a better note, but she had no regrets about her run at West Virginia.
"While I do have this bitter taste in my mouth, I couldn't have been happier playing at any other university,'' she said.
The Mountaineers lose only two seniors, so the future could be bright for a program that has reached the NCAA tournament in six of the last seven years.