Delaware's Elena Delle Donne Due to Return to Action This Week
Photo Courtesy of Mark Campbell
NEWARK, Del. -- University of Delaware women’s basketball All-American Elena Delle Donne, who was leading the nation in scoring before missing the last 10 games due to fatigue and deep muscle and joint pain, will resume practice Tuesday and could be ready to return to game action this Sunday when the Blue Hens travel to Hofstra.
"It kills me that I can't play at 100 percent," said Delle Donne (at right). "I'm just going to give all I can and try and finish out the season."
Delle Donne, who earned All-American honors in 2009-10 as a freshman when she was named the Colonial Athletic Association Player and Rookie of the Year, was leading all NCAA Division I players in scoring at 26.0 points per game before missing 11 games overall due to the ailments.
According to UD Assistant Director of Athletics for Sports Medicine Dr. Andrew Reisman, Delle Donne underwent a thorough medical evaluation for her symptoms and has started on medication for the treatment of Lyme Disease. She has shown good clinical improvement and has resumed a conditioning program.
“We are happy that Elena’s health is continuing to improve each day and that she is feeling better,” said Delaware head coach Tina Martin, whose team currently owns a record of 11-7 overall and 4-3 mark in CAA action heading into a Jan. 27 home game vs. George Mason.
Delle Donne was averaging 34.0 points per game over the first four contests this season before missing most of the the LaSalle game Nov. 28 and the entire Princeton game on Dec. 1 due to fatigue issues. She returned to action and scored 20 points vs. Navy on Dec. 5 and 25 vs. Penn State on Dec. 19 before fatigue and deep muscle and joint pain forced her out of action.
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