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February 14, 2012 | By Mel Greenberg, For The Inquirer
How much can one player impact a women's basketball program? Well, quite a bit, given all the news made by the Blue Hens on Monday. Elena Delle Donne has raised her school's profile to a national level. Delaware learned it has made a successful bid to be one of 16 sites for first- and second-round games for the 2013 NCAA women's tournament. Games will be played at the 5,000-seat Bob Carpenter Center in Newark. Attendance to see Delle Donne, the nation's leading scorer (28.2 points per game)
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March 31, 2013 | By Mel Greenberg, FOR THE INQUIRER
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. - Elena Delle Donne's attack on school and conference record books at Delaware and in the Colonial Athletic Association have become history while her climb up the NCAA career scoring charts concluded among some impressive company. The end came Saturday when Delaware coach Tina Martin removed her senior all-American with 10 seconds left for a final ovation after the explosive scoring star posted a third-straight 33-point performance before Kentucky's ouster of the Blue Hens from the NCAA tournament became official.
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March 15, 2013
Penn State junior Maggie Lucas (Germantown Academy) and Delaware senior Elena Delle Donne (Ursuline) are among 15 finalists for the John R. Wooden Award given to the nation's top player. Drexel senior guard Hollie Mershon received the Colonial Athletic Association's Dean Ehlers Award, given to a student-athlete who embodies the highest standards of leadership, integrity, and sportsmanship along with academic and athletic achievement. Mershon led the third-place Dragons in scoring, rebounding, assists, steals, and free-throw percentage.
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February 21, 2013 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Elena Delle Donne scored 18 of her 31 points in the first half Tuesday night in leading No. 18 Delaware to a 69-55 Colonial Athletic Association win over George Mason in Fairfax, Va. The Blue Hens (23-3, 14-0) earned their 18th consecutive win, and Delle Donne jumped up two spots on the NCAA all-time career points list to 20th place with 2,758. Delaware has won 34 CAA games in a row and has beaten Mason (8-16, 3-10) four straight times. Syracuse 58, Rutgers 45 - With a decisive second-half spurt, the No. 21 Orange denied Scarlet Knights coach C. Vivian Stringer her 900th victory.
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March 29, 2013 | STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS
Kentucky's primary goal against Delaware will be like all Blue Hens' opponents: try to keep all-American Elena Delle Donne from taking control of the game. It's not the first time this season the Wildcats have faced one of the sport's best players. Kentucky (29-5) coach Matthew Mitchell believes his team learned from its experience against the game's most imposing player - 6-foot-8 Brittney Griner - in an 85-51 loss to Baylor. The 6-5 Delle Donne presents a different challenge; she rebounds, is a willing passer, and averages 25.8 points - but she can dominate from the perimeter.
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April 1, 2013 | By Mel Greenberg, For The Inquirer
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. - With Delaware's 69-62 loss to second-seeded Kentucky in the NCAA tournament on Saturday, Elena Delle Donne's attack on school and Colonial Athletic Association record books is history. But the explosive scoring star's climb up the NCAA career scoring charts concluded among some impressive company. The end came when Delaware coach Tina Martin removed Delle Donne with 10 seconds left so the senior all-American could receive a final ovation after posting a third straight 33-point performance before the Wildcats (30-5)
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February 13, 2005 | By Rob Parent INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
If this was to be the final curtain on Elena Delle Donne's fabulous freshman season, her Ursuline Academy (Del.) teammates were going to make it memorable. Any victory over Cardinal O'Hara is just that. Delle Donne, the 6-foot-4 guard/forward who spent her first high school season capturing national attention, fractured her right wrist in a game Tuesday against crosstown and Catholic Conference rival Padua Academy of Wilmington. The next game was a long-awaited meeting with Cardinal O'Hara, ranked 19th in the country in one national publication, close behind No. 14 Ursuline.
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January 21, 2006 | By Keith Pompey INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
When Elena Delle Donne takes the floor in today's Scholastic Play-by-Play Girls' Classic at Cardinal O'Hara, she will do so as an all-American whose every move is being studied by the nation's top college basketball coaches. The prized 6-foot-5 sophomore, the centerpiece of a nationally renowned Ursuline Academy team, is an immense talent. More important to friends and family, the 16-year-old has a poise that suggests she can and will handle all the acclaim as the inexorable countdown to college and the pros continues.
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April 8, 2007 | BY THE INQUIRER STAFF
Germantown Academy's Caroline Doty was named to the Parade Magazine girls' basketball all-America high school second team. Doty was one of 40 players to be named to the team, which was divided into four 10-player teams. Two players from Wilmington - Elena Delle Donne of Ursuline Academy and Khadijah Rushdan of St. Elizabeth - were named to the first team. Rushdan is expected to attend Rutgers in the fall.
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January 17, 2015 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEWARK, Del. - One of the most popular members of the 76ers' minor-league team, the Delaware 87ers, won't be taking the court but hopes to make an impact. Elena Delle Donne, one of the top players in the WNBA and a Delaware resident and University of Delaware graduate, has been hired this season as an ambassador for the team, known as the Sevens. The 6-foot-5 Delle Donne figures to be a candidate to earn a berth on the 2016 U.S. Olympic team. This is her offseason; the WNBA doesn't begin its season until the first week of June.
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September 10, 2014 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Columnist
As symptoms kept piling up, Elena Delle Donne couldn't help but think where they might lead. "I was doubting my career - doubting whether I could be a professional athlete," Delle Donne said over the phone on Saturday. Yes, Delle Donne's current back troubles, which kept her out of the second half of Sunday's Game 1 of the WNBA Finals, are tough stuff. Would she even be trying to play if the stakes weren't so high? Back spasms, however, aren't close to the toughest obstacle Delle Donne has dealt with this season.
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February 23, 2014 | By Lou Rabito, Inquirer Columnist
Fittingly for a player who does a lot on the basketball court and makes it look easy - from running the point to jumping center, from blocking shots to making touch passes in midair, from hitting three-pointers to driving to the hoop - Alex Louin gets the star treatment at Mount St. Joseph. Some of her friends, numbering five to two or three dozen, support her during games. They sometimes have their faces painted, with "Alex" scrawled on their foreheads. They shout her name. They chant her Twitter handle, "How u Louin?"
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September 24, 2013 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Staff Writer
INDIANAPOLIS - The storybook portion of Elena Delle Donne's rookie WNBA season ended last week when she spun to a space all her own by the foul line, free for a buzzer-beating, straight-to-YouTube game-winner. When WNBA awards were announced last week, Delle Donne was the unanimous rookie of the year, third in voting for league MVP. She was the leading vote-getter for the WNBA All-Star Game. Just last week, she called it a dream season. That was last week. Her season thudded to a close Sunday, going down like this: With a little more than a minute remaining and her team down by 24, a Chicago Sky teammate committed a foul 20 feet from the basket.
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July 29, 2013 | By Zach Helfand, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEWARK, N.J. - Saturday's WNBA All-Star Game was supposed to be Elena Delle Donne's coronation. She was to start. She was the first rookie to receive the most votes. The game was to be a celebration, not just for her but for a league that has had an influx of young, marketable stars this year. But she suffered a concussion on Wednesday and announced on Friday that she will not play. On Thursday, fellow rookie and projected starter Brittney Griner announced she would also miss the game, with a sprained left knee.
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July 26, 2013 | Associated Press
WASHINGTON - Chicago's Elena Delle Donne suffered a concussion yesterday and is questionable for the All-Star game this weekend. Delle Donne fell to the court while going for a loose ball against Washington and left the game with about a minute left in the third quarter. She didn't return and the Sky lost, 82-78. "She's not nauseous now," said Sky coach Pokey Chatman, who confirmed the injury after the Mystics' team doctor examined Delle Donne. "She's groggy, headache . . . moving gingerly.
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July 26, 2013 | Associated Press
WASHINGTON - Top all-star vote-getter Elena Delle Donne suffered a concussion Wednesday in the Chicago Sky's 82-78 loss to the Washington Mystics and is questionable for Saturday's WNBA All-Star Game. Delle Donne fell to the court while going for a loose ball against Washington (9-9) and left the game with about a minute remaining in the third quarter. She didn't return and the Eastern Conference-leading Sky lost, 82-78. "She's not nauseous now," said Sky coach Pokey Chatman, who confirmed the injury after the Mystics' team doctor examined Delle Donne.
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July 20, 2013
Chicago Sky star Elena Delle Donne became the first rookie to lead the WNBA's all-star voting when the starters were announced Thursday night. The former Delaware standout received 35,646 votes, nearly 2,000 more than Los Angeles Sparks forward Candace Parker . Delle Donne leads the first-place Sky in scoring, averaging 19 points. "To come in as a rookie and know I have that many fans is so humbling and awesome," she said. The Sky defeated the New York Liberty, 75-55, Thursday afternoon.
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May 29, 2013 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
What an opportunity: When the University of Delaware took over a shuttered Chrysler plant in 2008, it gained enough space to double its academic campus in Newark, Del. Dreamers dusted off old plans and projected them onto the flattened 272-acre site, which sprawls amid I-95, the Northeast Corridor railroad, and UD's brick heart. Some thought: A law school! Maybe a medical school! Massive growth! But the university, though privately run, is also state-supported. The $24.5 million purchase went through in a howling recession, amid plant closings and bank layoffs.
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