University of Delaware Senior Elena Delle Donne Named To WBCA Preseason Wade Watch List
September 19, 2012
File Photo Courtesy of Mark Campbell
ATLANTA, Ga. -- University of Delaware senior forward Elena Delle Donne was one of 25 women’s basketball players named to the 2012-13 preseason Wade Watch list, the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association announced on Tuesday.
Delle Donne, a Wade, John Wooden and USWBA National Player of the Year finalist last season, was named to the preseason Wade Watch list for the third consecutive year.
Delle Donne, who led the nation in scoring with 28.1 points per game, was a consensus first team All-American last year, earning honors from the Associated Press, WBCA, USWBA, Naismith Award, and John Wooden Award. She also earned the Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Year Award for the second time in the last three years.
Delle Donne, who became only the 15th player in NCAA Division I women’s basketball history to surpass the 900-point mark for a season, also led the Blue Hens with 10.3 rebounds per game, 86 blocked shots, 39 steals, and 52 three-point field goals while ranking second on the team with 75 assists.
Now in its 36th year, the State Farm Wade Trophy is named in honor of the late, legendary three-national champion Delta State University coach, Lily Margaret Wade. Regarded as “The Heisman of Women’s Basketball,” the award is presented annually to the NCAA Division I Player of the Year by the National Association of Girls and Women in Sport (NAGWS) and the WBCA.
Delle Donne and the Blue Hens, coming off a record-setting 31-2 season in which they went undefeated in the CAA and advanced to the NCAA Tournament second round, open their regular season on Friday, Nov. 9 with an 8 p.m. home game against Sam Houston State in the first round of the Women’s NIT.