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August 26, 2008 | By Mel Greenberg INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
In early June, Elena Delle Donne left her Wilmington-area home for the summer session at Connecticut. She carried dreams of winning four NCAA basketball titles with the storied Huskies. The stay was short. The former Ursuline Academy sensation was not in Storrs yesterday when fall classes began. Delle Donne was here, explaining at a news conference why she will play volleyball for Delaware. Delle Donne played volleyball as a senior in high school. Delle Donne said she departed for UConn fully intending to play but realized she was burned out on basketball.
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April 12, 2008 | INQUIRER STAFF
Elena Delle Donne of Ursuline Academy (Wilmington) and Nneka Ogwumike of Cy-Fair (Texas) share the 2008 player-of-the-year honors on Parade Magazine's 32d annual all-America high school girls' basketball team. Delle Donne averaged 30 points and 10 rebounds a game this season and has been a Parade all-American four years in a row. Ogwumike averaged 18.2 points, 9.3 rebounds and 2.1 assists a game. The rest of the team will be published in Sunday's edition of the magazine. It also can be seen at www.parade.
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August 17, 2008 | By Mel Greenberg INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Wilmington's Elena Delle Donne, the nation's top high school women's basketball prospect, will not attend Connecticut, the university said in a statement yesterday. The Ursuline Academy graduate left summer school at UConn two days after her arrival in early June. "I have been recently informed that Elena Delle Donne has decided not to play college basketball and will not enroll at the University of Connecticut," coach Geno Auriemma said. "Everyone at UConn would like to wish Elena the best of luck.
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June 8, 2006 | By Julie Shaw INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit yesterday ruled against a teacher who was fired from a private Catholic school in Wilmington after she publicly advocated on behalf of abortion rights. The teacher, Michele Curay-Cramer, who now teaches at a junior high in West Chester, was hired in 2001 to teach English and religious classes at Ursuline Academy in Wilmington. Ursuline fired her Jan. 27, 2003, a week after she signed her name to a newspaper advertisement celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion.
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December 12, 2009 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
Freshman Elena Delle Donne had 26 points in her home debut for Delaware as the Blue Hens topped Navy, 67-50, last night in a nonconference game at the Bob Carpenter Center in Newark, Del. A crowd of 3,040, the second largest in Delaware women's basketball single-game history, watched the hometown favorite face Navy (7-4). Delle Donne, a former star of Ursuline Academy in Wilmington, had not played basketball in her home state since her senior season in 2007-08, when she was named the national high school female player of the year.
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January 13, 2012 | Associated Press
Elena Delle Donne scored 23 points to lead No. 20 Delaware to its third consecutive win, a 69-37 pasting Thursday night of visiting UNC-Wilmington. The Blue Hens scored the game's first seven points and never trailed. Delle Donne, the country's leading scorer at 30.3 points per game, had 14 points in the first half as the Hens (13-1, 4-0 Colonial Athletic Association) built a 36-20 lead by intermission. Delle Donne (Wilmington/Ursuline Academy) has scored 100 points during Delaware's three-game winning streak.
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August 28, 2007 | By Mel Greenberg INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Elena Delle Donne, the top collegiate prospect in the country, out of Ursuline Academy in Wilmington, is heading to Connecticut's powerful women's basketball program. The 6-foot-5 senior wing player gave the Huskies an oral commitment over the weekend. Delle Donne had listed Villanova, Tennessee and Middle Tennessee as her final four choices along with UConn. "In the back of my mind, I'd always thought UConn," Delle Donne told the Web site Hoopgurlz.com. The timing of the announcement was somewhat surprising in that Delle Donne had yet to make her official visits to the contending schools.
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January 13, 2014 | By Brandon Stoneburg, Inquirer Staff Writer
Mia Farmer helped Cardinal O'Hara complete its 48-47 comeback win over Rancocas Valley at the Scholastic Play-by-Play Classic girls' basketball showcase Saturday at Philadelphia University. Farmer, a senior guard bound for George Washington University, hit a pull-up floater from the lane with 5.7 seconds remaining. Rancocas Valley rushed down the court to get one last shot, but missed a layup as time expired. O'Hara trailed by 13 at halftime. Farmer finished with a team-high 20 points.
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February 1, 2016 | By Matt Breen, Staff Writer
Mount St. Joseph fell behind early, but the Magic never wavered as they rallied to edge host St. Basil, 33-32, Saturday afternoon in a crucial Catholic Academies girls' basketball game. Kristen Lucas sealed the win on a layup with 10 seconds left. The winner was assisted by Caitlyn Cunningham, who finished with 14 points, three assists, and seven rebounds. Ashley Smith played strong defense and grabbed six rebounds. St. Basil, which opened the game on an 11-1 run, was led by Natalie Kucowski's 16 points.
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February 1, 2016 | By Matt Breen, Staff Writer
Mount St. Joseph fell behind early, but the Magic never wavered as they rallied to edge host St. Basil, 33-32, Saturday afternoon in a crucial Catholic Academies girls' basketball game. Kristen Lucas sealed the win on a layup with 10 seconds left. The winner was assisted by Caitlyn Cunningham, who finished with 14 points, three assists, and seven rebounds. Ashley Smith played strong defense and grabbed six rebounds. St. Basil, which opened the game on an 11-1 run, was led by Natalie Kucowski's 16 points.
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January 31, 2016
Boys' Basketball BICENTENNIAL LEAGUE New Hope-Solebury 54, Devon Prep 53 (OT) CENTRAL LEAGUE Haverford High 54, Lower Merion 44 CHES-MONT LEAGUE West Chester East 49, West Chester Rustin 48 MID-ATLANTIC PREP LEAGUE Hill School 71, Mercersberg 49 NONLEAGUE Math, Civics and Sci 61, Wilson-West Lawn 57 Coatesville 62, Frederick Douglas (N.Y.) 55 Octorara 58, West Philadelphia 51 Lawrenceville 69, Phelps 62 (OT) Chester 76, Whitehall 68 Arch.
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July 1, 2015 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Columnist
WASHINGTON - Elena Delle Donne, pride of Delaware, hit a new frontier, scoring 45 points last week for the Chicago Sky. It was her second 40-point game of the young WNBA season. Delle Donne got plenty of online shout-outs, but not everything was congratulatory. Somebody working for the Sky had the inspired idea of having Delle Donne read some mean posts on Twitter about her big-time game. First, in the reaction piece filmed by the Sky, Delle Donne noted that the SportsCenter tweet itself about her game spelled "Della wrong," then she got to the reaction tweets, the first noting they would "rather watch professional lawn mowing.
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January 30, 2015 | By Tim McManus, Inquirer Staff Writer
It seemed like a once-in-a-career moment for Germantown Academy girls' basketball coach Sherri Retif when it happened five years ago. And then lightning struck twice Wednesday. The veteran coach earned her 600th win when visiting Germantown Academy topped Baldwin, 48-40, in an Inter-Ac League game. And in the process, Olivia Gorman scored her 1,000th point. Nearly five years ago to the day, Retif reached 500 wins, and Maggie Lucas scored her 2,000th point. Something seems right about her sharing the spotlight with one of her players.
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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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January 13, 2014 | By Brandon Stoneburg, Inquirer Staff Writer
Mia Farmer helped Cardinal O'Hara complete its 48-47 comeback win over Rancocas Valley at the Scholastic Play-by-Play Classic girls' basketball showcase Saturday at Philadelphia University. Farmer, a senior guard bound for George Washington University, hit a pull-up floater from the lane with 5.7 seconds remaining. Rancocas Valley rushed down the court to get one last shot, but missed a layup as time expired. O'Hara trailed by 13 at halftime. Farmer finished with a team-high 20 points.
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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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May 24, 2013 | By John Smallwood, Daily News Staff Writer
EVERYONE KNOWS the name Elena Delle Donne. She first gained prominence during her All-America prep career at Ursuline Academy in Wilmington, where she got the catchy moniker, "The LeBron James of women's basketball. " Most people know Delle Donne's story - of how she backed out of her commitment to the University of Connecticut after a weekend on campus and returned home to the University of Delaware, first playing volleyball and eventually basketball for the Blue Hens, becoming a four-time All-America.
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January 13, 2012 | Associated Press
Elena Delle Donne scored 23 points to lead No. 20 Delaware to its third consecutive win, a 69-37 pasting Thursday night of visiting UNC-Wilmington. The Blue Hens scored the game's first seven points and never trailed. Delle Donne, the country's leading scorer at 30.3 points per game, had 14 points in the first half as the Hens (13-1, 4-0 Colonial Athletic Association) built a 36-20 lead by intermission. Delle Donne (Wilmington/Ursuline Academy) has scored 100 points during Delaware's three-game winning streak.
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