Delle Donne Continues To Collect Postseason Accolades; Named ECAC Second Team All-Star
March 31, 2011
File Photo Courtesy of Mark Campbell
CENTERVILLE, Mass. --The postseason accolades continue for University of Delaware sophomore Elena Delle Donne. The Eastern College Athletic Conference announced its 2010-11 Division I Women’s Basketball All-Stars on Tuesday, which included Delle Donne on the second team.
Fellow Colonial Athletic Association members Shante Evans of Hofstra and Courtney Hurt from Virginia Commonwealth University joined Delle Donne (at right) on the second team. CAA Player of the Year Dawn Evans was named to the first team, representing James Madison University.
University of Connecticut senior forward Maya Moore was named the ECAC Player of the Year, while the University of Maryland’s Alyssa Thomas was named the Rookie of the Year, an honor Delle Donne earned last season.
Joining Moore and Evans on the first team were Carolyn Swords of Boston College, Jasmine Thomas from Duke University and Marist College’s Erica Allenspach. Serene Moore of Siena College, Tiffany Hayes of Connecticut and Sugar Rodgers of Georgetown rounded out the second team.
Early this week, Delle Donne was named Associated Press All-America Honorable Mention, the second time she has earned All-America honors. She was also named First Team All Colonial Athletic Association during the conference’s awards banquet.
The honor marks the second time Delle Donne has earned a spot as an ECAC All-Star after being named first team last season as well. She is the only player in Delaware history to be named to either the first or second team in program history.
Delle Donne, a native of Wilmington, Del., missed 12 games this season with symptoms of Lyme disease, but still averaged 25.3 points per game. She would have led the nation in scoring, but did not play in the required 75 percent of Delaware’s 34 games.
She was a key component to Delaware’s spirited run to the conference finals as the Hens entered the tournament as the seven seed. Delaware won the first three games, knocking out No. 10 Northeastern, second-seeded Old Dominion and the three seed, UNC Wilmington.
Delle Donne became one of the fastest players in NCAA history to reach the 1,000-point mark, knocking down a free throw in the second half of the Feb. 3 game versus Northeastern. It was just her 38th game, the second-fewest amount of games needed in NCAA and the fastest both in CAA and Delaware history.
With her 774 points last season and 557 in just 22 games this year, Delle Donne has amassed 1,331 points, putting her just 344 points off the all-time points record, set by Cindy Johnson from 1997-2001.
ECAC 2010-11 Division I Women’s Basketball All-Stars, Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year
Player of the Year: Maya Moore, Sr., F, Connecticut
Rookie of the Year: Alyssa Thomas, Fr., F, Maryland
Maya Moore, Sr. F, Connecticut
Carolyn Swords, Sr. C, Boston College
Dawn Evans, Sr., G, James Madison
Jasmine Thomas, Sr., G, Duke
Erica Allenspach, Sr. G, Marist
Courtney Hurt, Jr. F, Virginia Commonwealth University
Elena Delle Donne, So., G/F, Delaware
Shante Evans, So., F, Hofstra
Serena Moore, Sr. F, Siena
Tiffany Hayes, Jr., G, Connecticut
Sugar Rodgers, So., G, Georgetown