Elena Delle Donne
Wilmington, Del./Ursuline Academy
As A Blue Hen: Delaware's first All-American • National Player of the Year candidate • named to Preseason Wade National Player of the Year Trophy Watch List • Preseason CAA Player of the Year • school’s career leader with 2,258 points, 26.9 points per game, 759 field goals made, 1,586 field goal attempts, a 39.6 three-point field goal percentage, 586 free throws made, a 90.7 free throw percentage, and 204 blocks • tied for first with 154 three-pointers made, fourth with 646 free throw attempts, and 10th with 766 rebounds • ranks third in CAA history in points, second in free throws made, fifth in blocks, and sixth in field goals made • has recorded the top six scoring games and 12 of the top 13 in school history • has posted 72 20-point games and 29 30-point games • serving as team co-captain for second consecutive year along with Chelsea Craig.
2011-12 Season: WBCA, John Wooden, Associated Press and USWBA First Team All-American and National Player of the Year finalist • earned the Honda Inspiration Award • first team WBCA All-Region 2 selection • CAA and ECAC Player of the Year • named first team All-CAA and ECAC All-East • selected to CAA All-Defensive Team and All-Academic Team • Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-American of the Year for women’s basketball • Capital One/CoSIDA first team Academic All-American and first team All-District 2 • CAA Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year • named UD Alumni Association Team MVP and earned Blue Hen Basketball Club Outstanding Achievement Award • NetScouts National Player of the Week (Jan. 8) and USWBA National Player of the Week (Jan. 10) • named ECAC Player of the Week twice, CAA Player of the Week nine times, and National 5&10 Best of the Blue Hens Athlete of the Week four times • selected to CAA Academic Honor Roll • set UD single-season records with 28.1 points per game, 927 points, 340 rebounds, 325 field goals made, 625 field goals attempted, 225 free throws made, 253 free throws attempted, and 86 blocks • led Division I with 28.1 points per game, most than four points per game more than any other player • ranked eighth in the nation with an 88.9 free throw percentage, 13th with 17 double-doubles, 17th with 10.3 rebounds, 18th with 2.6 blocks, and 20th with a 52.0 field goal percentage • set CAA single-season marks with 927 points and 325 field goals made while ranking second with 225 free throws made, fourth with 86 blocks, and eighth with 340 rebounds • led the CAA with 28.1 points per game, an 88.9 free throw percentage, and 2.6 blocks • was second in the league with a 52.0 field goal percentage, a 41.3 three-point percentage, and 7.0 defensive rebounds, third with 10.3 rebounds, fifth with 3.3 offensive rebounds, and 11th with 1.6 three-pointers made per game • appeared in all 33 games while starting 32 • led the Blue Hens in scoring during 31 games, and tied for the team lead in the other two • reached double figures in every game, and surpassed the 20-point mark in all but three contests • eclipsed the 30-point mark 13 times and the 40-mark point three times • scored a game-high 33 points and tied for the team lead with six rebounds against Rhode Island (11/11) • scored a game-high 40 points and led the team with 12 rebounds against Penn State (11/17) • posted 22 points and grabbed nine rebounds against Villanova (11/22) • scored 26 points and grabbed 18 rebounds at Saint Bonaventure (11/27) • scored a game-high 32 points and led the team with nine rebounds and five blocks during the victory at Princeton (12/1) • led the Blue Hens with a game-high 23 points, nine rebounds, five assists, and three blocks during the win vs. William & Mary (12/4) • scored a game-high 28 points during the victory over Yale (12/5) • recorded a double-double with 30 points and 13 rebounds during the win at Wake Forest (12/11) • scored a game-high 29 points while adding nine rebounds and three blocks against Providence (12/19) • named to the Maryland Terrapin Classic All-Tournament Team as she averaged 27.0 points and 8.0 rebounds per game, scoring 22 points in the win over East Carolina (12/28) and a game-high 32 points vs. fifth-ranked Maryland (12/29) • scored 37 points to became the UD women’s basketball all-time career scoring leader during the win vs. Towson (1/5) • scored 40 points to go with 15 rebounds during the win at George Mason (1/8) • posted 23 points, five rebounds, five assists, and three steals vs. UNCW (1/12) • recorded a double-double with 22 points and 10 rebounds at Northeastern (1/15) • scored 15 points to go with eight rebounds and three steals during the win at Towson (1/19) • recorded 21 points, seven rebounds, and three blocks during the victory vs. Drexel (1/22) • set a BCC scoring record vs. Hofstra with 41 points to go with 15 boards and five assists (1/26) • recorded 23 points, nine boards, and four blocks while going 13-of-15 from the free throw line during the win at James Madison (1/29) • recorded a double-double with 29 points and 14 rebounds in the win at UNCW (2/2) • posted a double-double with 22 points and 12 boards during the victory over VCU (2/5) • scored 27 points, pulled down 15 boards, and made three blocks for a double-double vs. Old Dominion (2/9) • recorded 31 points and eight rebounds at Georgia State (2/12) • surpassed the 2,000 career point milestone en route to a double-double with a season-high 42 points to go with 14 rebounds and six blocks at Hofstra (2/16) • became UD’s all-time leading scorer for both men’s and women’s basketball as she scored 12 points to go with 14 boards to surpass 2,030 career points, in addition to hitting the game-winning shot just before the buzzer, in the victory at Drexel (2/19) • recorded a double-double with 28 points and 11 rebounds against George Mason (2/23) • posted 35 points and seven rebounds in the win vs. Northeastern (2/26) • recorded a double-double with 26 points and 11 boards to go with three blocks at William & Mary (2/29) • totaled 63 points, 27 rebounds, and nine blocks in the CAA Tournament, when she was named CAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player • scored 39 points during the NCAA Tournament First Round win at Arkansas Little Rock (3/18), the highest in an NCAA Tournament preliminary game since 2008 • scored 34 points and grabbed 10 boards for her 17th double-double of the year during the NCAA Tournament Second Round contest against Kansas (3/20).
Summer 2011: Member of Team USA World University Games squad • first Delaware player to be named to the team and the first CAA player since 1993 • helped lead United States to a perfect 6-0 record and the gold medal during the international tournament that was held in Shenzhen, China • first player from the CAA to earn World University Games Gold as a member of Team USA • led USA with 15.7 points per game and 8.5 rebounds per game, and was tied for second with five blocks • had the second best three-point percentage at 44.0 percent (11 of 25) • hit 45.1 percent of her field goals, going 37 of 82 from the field • averaged 22.7 minutes per game • recorded double-doubles against Slovakia (10p, 10r), Australia (22p, 11r), and a near triple-double against Taiwan in the gold medal game (10p, 11r, 8a) • helped Team USA to a +45.0 scoring margin, averaging 97.8 points per game with three 100-point efforts.
2010-11 Season: Named honorable mention Associated Press All-America • named first team All-CAA and first team CAA All-Academic • Capital One/CoSIDA District 2 All-Academic second team selection • UD Alumni Association Team MVP • named second team All-East • earned Delaware Sportswriters & Broadcasters Association John J. Brady Athlete of the Year award • four-time CAA Player of the Week winner who also earned ECAC Player of the Week honors on Feb. 14 • served as team co-captain • appeared in 22 games while starting 21 for the Blue Hens (missed 11 games while being treated for Lyme Disease symptoms) • led Delaware with 25.3 points and ranked second with 7.8 rebounds • became the fastest player in CAA and Delaware history, and the second fewest games in NCAA history, to reach 1,000 career points in 38 games, doing so against Northeastern (2/3) • converted 94.4 percent of her free throw attempts (167 of 177), setting a UD single season record • ranked second in a school single season with 25.3 points per game, third with 557 points and 167 free throws made, and fourth with 58 blocked shots • reached the 30-point mark eight times, including a season-high 41 at Yale (11/20), going 15 of 25 from the floor • eclipsed the 20-point plateau in all but four games on the year • posted seven double-doubles during the season • scored 36 points in the season-opening win over UMBC (11/12), and added 34 points and 12 rebounds the following contest against Villanova (11/16) • added a double-double with 26 points and 12 boards during a victory over St. Francis-Pa. (11/23) dropped in 28 points on 9 of 18 shooting at Hofstra (1/30) in her first game back from illness, and reached the 20-point mark in each of the next three contests • snared a career-high 18 rebounds against Drexel (2/6) • recorded three consecutive double-doubles against Drexel (18p, 18r), Towson (21p, 11r), and William & Mary (33p, 10r) • reached several records at William & Mary with 17 free throws made (Kaplan Arena, t-2nd CAA, t-1st Delaware) and 19 free throws attempted (t-1st Delaware, t-1st Kaplan Arena, t-6th CAA) • broke her own consecutive free throws made record by hitting 52 straight from Feb. 20 until Mar. 13 • scored 31 points during a victory over VCU (2/24) • posted a double-double with 31 points and 10 rebounds during a CAA Tournament quarterfinal victory over Old Dominion (3/11), and added 29 points and 10 boards the following day during a win over UNC Wilmington in the semifinals • selected to the CAA All-Tournament Team after averaging 25.0 points during the four games • contributed 31 points during the WNIT game at Toledo (3/16) • led the Blue Hens in scoring during 13 of the final 14 games of the season • selected to Preseason Wooden, Naismith and Wade National Player of the Year watch lists • Preseason Associated Press All-American and Basketball Times Preseason Second Team All-American • selected CAA Preseason Co-Player of the Year.
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 played football for Middle Tennessee State • human services major at Delaware.
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