ATLANTA -- Already a three-time Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Year and two-time All-American, University of Delaware senior Elena Delle Donne (at right) was named recently a Women’s Basketball Coaches Association All-Region 2 nominee for the 2013 WBCA Division I Coaches’ All-America Team.
The selection committee will select the 10-member WBCA Division I Coaches’ All-America Team from a total of 52 candidates.
Entering NCAA Tournament play this coming weekend, Delle Donne currently averages 25.3 points, 8.5 rebounds, 2.3 blocks and 1.9 assists per game for a Blue Hen squad that just won its second consecutive CAA Championship and is ranked 15th nationally. She is ranked second in the NCAA with her point total, behind FIU’s Jerica Coley, who has put up 25.9 points per contest for the Panthers this season.
Additionally, Delle Donne is currently ranked 11th in NCAA women’s basketball history with 2,940 career points in just 111 games played. She is five points away from overtaking 10th place from Appalachian State’s Valorie Whiteside, who ended her career in 1988 with 2,944 points.
Delle Donne has racked up 10 Delaware women’s basketball career records and is tops in CAA history in four different career categories, including scoring.
The WBCA selection committee uses an equation to determine a fair number of nominees from each region.
Founded in 1981, the Women's Basketball Coaches Association promotes women's basketball by unifying coaches at all levels to develop a reputable identity for the sport and to foster and promote the development of the game as a sport for women and girls. For more information on the WBCA, please visit wbca.org.
The 2013 WBCA Division I Coaches’ All-America Team will be announced at 2:10 p.m. ET Saturday, April 6 during NCAA® Women’s Final Four® Super Saturday festivities in New Orleans Arena.
Region 1 Nominees
Anna Martin (Sr., G, DePaul), Sugar Rodgers (Sr., G, Georgetown), Niveen Rasheed (Sr., G, Princeton), Nadirah McKenith (Sr., G, St. John’s), Shenneika Smith (Sr., G, St. John’s), Stefanie Dolson (Jr., C, Connecticut), Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis (So., G, Connecticut), Shoni Schimmel (Jr., G, Louisville), Natalie Achonwa (Jr., G, Notre Dame), Skylar Diggins (Sr., G, Notre Dame), Kayla McBride (Jr., G, Notre Dame), Andrea Smith (Sr., G, South Florida)
Region 2 Nominees
Chelsea Gray (Jr., G, Duke), Elizabeth Williams (So., C, Duke), Tyaunna Marshall (Jr., G, Georgia Tech), Elena Delle Donne (Sr., G/F, Delaware), Tianna Hawkins (Sr., F, Maryland), Alyssa Thomas (Jr., F, Maryland), Tierra Ruffin-Pratt (Sr., G, North Carolina)
Region 3 Nominees
Theresa Plaisance (Jr., F, Louisiana State), Kelsey Bone (Jr., F/C, Texas A&M), Jasmine Hassell (Sr., F, Georgia), A’dia Mathies (Sr., G, Kentucky), Bashaara Graves (Fr., F/C, Tennessee), Meighan Simmons (Jr., G, Tennessee), Tiffany Clarke (Sr., F, Vanderbilt)
Region 4 Nominees
Crystal Bradford (So., G/F, Central Michigan), Jerica Coley (Jr., G, FIU), Courtney Osborn (Sr., G, Miami (Ohio)), Ebony Rowe (Jr., F, Middle Tennessee State), Keena Mays (Jr., G, Southern Methodist), Naama Shafir (Sr., G, Toledo)
Region 5 Nominees
Brittney Griner (Sr., C, Baylor), Odyssey Sims (Jr., G, Baylor), Hallie Christofferson (Jr., F, Iowa State), Brittany Chambers (Sr., G, Kansas State), Toni Young (Sr., F, Oklahoma State), Angel Goodrich (Sr., G, Kansas), Aaryn Ellenberg (Jr., G, Oklahoma)
Region 6 Nominees
Tayler Hill (Sr., G, Ohio State), Alex Bentley (Sr., G, Penn State), Maggie Lucas (Jr., G, Penn State), Rachel Banham (So., G, Minnesota-Twin Cities), Jordan Hooper (Jr., F, Nebraska)
Region 7 Nominees
Courtney Clements (Sr., G, San Diego State), Chelsea Hopkins (Sr., G, San Diego State), Katie Baker (Sr., F, Montana), Chaundra Sewell (Sr., F, Wyoming)
Region 8 Nominees
Chiney Ogwumike (Jr., F, Stanford), Gennifer Brandon (Jr., F, California), Layshia Clarendon (Sr., G, California), Chucky Jeffery (Sr., G, Colorado)