NEWARK, Del. -- University of Delaware standout Elena Delle Donne has been named one of four finalists for the Naismith Women’s College Player of the Year announced this month in accordance with her outstanding performance throughout the season.
Delle Donne, a former Naismith High School Girl’s Player of the Year recipient, was named the Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Year after helping Delaware (31-2) to a historical season that included its first-ever national ranking, a perfect 18-0 Colonial Athletic Association regular season, and its first-ever NCAA Tournament victory with a 73-42 win over UALR.
The finalists were voted on by the Atlanta Tipoff Club's National Voting Academy, comprised of leading basketball journalists, coaches and administrators from around the country. The academy based its criteria on player performances this season. The vote was tabulated and certified by the accounting firm of Habif, Arogeti & Wynne, LLP. HA&W is the largest independent accounting firm in Georgia and one of the top 50 firms in the United States.
This year's Naismith Trophy recipient will be announced at the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) awards banquet on April 2 in Denver, site of this year's NCAA Women's Final Four.
AT&T wireless customers - and sports fans on other wireless networks - are now able to text their votes for the player of their choice by texting VOTE to 34763. Fans will be eligible to cast their vote for the winner until 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Saturday, March 31. For the eighth consecutive year, AT&T is making the voting open to other wireless carriers, enabling even more fans to participate. Other wireless carriers must opt-in for their subscribers to participate. Standard messaging rates apply.
The 2011-12 Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-American of the Year, Delle Donne currently leads all NCAA Division I players in scoring, averaging 28.1 points. Delle Donne finished out the 2011-12 season with 925 points, becoming only the 15th player in NCAA Division I history to reach the 900 points per season milestone. Her 925 points this season ranks seventh in the all-time NCAA Division I record book.
Joining Delle Donne on the Naismith Watch List is Brittney Griner of Baylor, Skylar Diggins of Notre Dame, and Nnemkadi Ogwumike of Stanford.