Elena Delle Donne
Wilmington, Del./Ursuline Academy
As A Blue Hen: Delaware's first All-American • expected to again lead the Blue Hen campaign assuming both forward and guard responsibilities • named CAA Co-Preseason Player of the Year • on Wade Trophy and Wooden Award Watch Lists.
2009-10 Season: Played a record-breaking All-American freshman season for the Blue Hens • became the first UD player to be named an All-American • selected to the Associated Press Third Team and a WBCA State Farm Honorable Mention • one of 20 finalists for the Wooden National Player of the Year Award • named ECAC Rookie of the year and selected to the ECAC First Team • became just the second player in Colonial Athletic Association history to receive CAA Player and Rookie of the Year accolades • additionally was named to the CAA First, All-Rookie, All-Defensive, and All-Tournament Teams • awarded the UD Alumni Association Team Most Valuable Player Award and the Blue Hen Basketball Club Outstanding Achievement Award at annual banquet • was honored on multiple occasions as CAA Player and Rookie of the Week • selected as the Army ROTC Best of the Blue Hens Athlete of the Week four times • played one of two games at the Coors Rocky Mountain Invitational and was named to the All-Tournament Team • saw action in 29 games while starting 28 • sat four games due to injury • scored 774 points to set a new single-season record while averaging 26.7 points per game, the third most in the nation • pulled down 254 rebounds good for an average of 8.8 per game • ranked second in the conference with 60 blocks • led the Blue Hens with 38 steals and dished out 56 assists, the second most on the team • went 194-for-216 from the charity stripe to lead the CAA and rank sixth in the nation with an 89.8 percent conversion rate • set a new UD record having drained 66 three-pointers throughout the season • made major headlines with a 54 point performance in Delaware's overtime loss at James Madison (2/18) • went 18-for-28 from the field and 7-for-8 from behind the arc to set new Delaware records • tallied seven 30-plus point games as a freshman, a Delaware career record • recorded eight consecutive 20-plus point performances while scoring in double figures each of her 29 games • drained 16-of-17 free throws against Hofstra (3/3) • set a new UD consecutive free throw record with 39 • kicked off the stretch at George Mason (1/7) before missing her first in six games at Hofstra (1/24) • shot a perfect game from the free throw line on 12 occasions • pulled down a season-high 16 boards at Northeastern (1/10) to help notch one of 12 double-doubles tallied throughout the year • served out five assists on three occasions • made a team season-high six steals against Old Dominion (1/3) and added five against Hofstra • that same game she swatted away a season-high seven blocked shots • also posted six blocks against Georgia State (2/14) and Drexel (1/17) • played a Delaware record 50 minutes of action in the Hens' double overtime loss to the Dragons • added 45 minutes in one of the Hens' three overtime games with Drexel (1/31) • featured on the cover of the July issue of Delaware Today magazine after being named the Best Athlete in the Best of Delaware 2010 poll.
2008-09 Season: Did not compete for the Blue Hen basketball team • selected to the CAA All-Rookie Team in volleyball • earned three CAA Rookie of the Week awards • led Delaware with 117 blocks and ranked second on the team with a .223 hitting percentage • volleyball team went 19-16, won its second consecutive CAA Championship, and made its second straight NCAA Tournament appearance under head coach Bonnie Kenny.
High School: Ranked as the nation’s top senior • DIAA all-time leading scorer with 2,818 career points • was named co-Delaware State Player of the Year following junior season and was tabbed the Player of the Year as a senior • led Ursuline Academy to four Delaware state championships (2004, 2005, 2006, and 2008) • 2007-08 National Player of the Year by the Naismith and McDonald’s foundations • Parade First Team All-American • 2005, 2006 and 2008 Gatorade Delaware State Player of the Year • 2008 USA Today Player of the Year • 2006 Slam Magazine First Team All-America selection • 2006 Sports Illustrated Second Team All-America pick • USA Today Third Team All-America • 2004, 2005, 2006 All-Delaware First Team • 2005 and 2006 EA Sports All-America • 2005 Street & Smith All-America Third Team • 2004 Street & Smith All-America Honorable Mention • set national high school record by making 80 consecutive free throws in 2005-06 • scored 50 points in the 2006 state championship game • ranked as No. 1 senior by HoopGurlz.com • led Ursuline to 2007 state volleyball championship • member of National Honor Society.
Personal: Elena Delle Donne • daughter of Ernest and Joan Delle Donne • has an older sister, Elizabeth, and an older brother, Gene • brother plays football for Middle Tennessee State • early childhood education major at Delaware with a focus in special education.
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