Delle Donne Earns Votes for AP Preseason All-America Team
November 3, 2010
File Photo Courtesy of Mark Campbell
NEW YORK -- University of Delaware guard/forward Elena Delle Donne earned votes in The Associated Press Preseason All-America Women’s Basketball Poll, released on Nov. 2. Delle Donne was the only player from the Colonial Athletic Association to land on the list.
The team is comprised of Connecticut senior Maya Moore (40 votes), Baylor sophomore Brittney Griner (36 votes), Stanford junior Nnemkadi Ogwumike (34 votes), Ohio State senior Jantel Lavender (21 votes) and Oklahoma senior Danielle Robinson (18 votes).
Delle Donne (at right) is one of just three sophomores on the list, joined by Griner and Skylar Diggins from Notre Dame. Delle Donne was also named to the Preseason Wooden Award and Wade Trophy Watch Lists.
Following her freshman season, the 6-5 Wilmington, Del. native became the first UD player to be named an All-American after being selected to the AP’s Third Team and earned Honorable Mention on the WBCA State Farm team.
Delle Donne dominated the court in 2009-10, averaging 26.7 points per game, ranking her third in the nation and first in the CAA. She also pulled down 8.8 boards a game while also blocking a league second-best 60 shots.
In just one season, she broke 18 school records, including points in a season with 774, which also set the freshman record at Delaware. Delle Donne also set the points in a game record after a 54-point effort versus James Madison on Feb. 12.
After an outstanding season, Delle Donne was tabbed the conference’s Player and Rookie of the Year, just the second time in the league’s 25-year history a player has won both awards in the same season. She was also selected to the CAA’s First Team as well as All-Rookie, All-Defense and All-CAA-Tournament Teams, while also earning First Team All-CAA Academic Team honors.
Delle Donne and the Blue Hens, under the direction of 15th-year head coach Tina Martin, open the 2010-11 season on Friday, Nov. 12 when Delaware hosts UMBC. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. in the Bob Carpenter Center.
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