Hayes competed, but a game-long shooting slump erased any chances of winning as Bridgeport sent the Pacers to a 49-38 non-league setback in the first round of the Westland Holiday Invitational Friday afternoon in Galloway.
Delaware fell behind early and never recovered. The Pacers (6-3) trailed 16-8 after eight minutes of action, 24-17 at the break and 36-26 heading into the final frame.
“Our shooting was the difference in the game,” Hayes head coach Peter Minardi said. “I don’t even think we made it above 30 percent for the game. Some of that had to do with Bridgeport, they were excited to come down and play us, and they were aggressive.”
Despite the team’s struggles, Delaware senior guard Kristen McMillen had a pretty solid game, finishing with 17 points to complement her six assists and six rebounds. Senior guard Maranda Merriman was also steady, closing with 11 points in the setback.
The Pacers return to action today, set to take on Pittsburgh Plum in the second round of the Westland invite.