Elena Delle Donne

Updated: October 18, 2012

Scouting Profile

Wilmington, Delaware

Elena Delle Donne is currently a guard for the University of Delaware. She was born on September 5, 1989 to her parents Ernie, a real estate developer, and Joanie. Her older brother Gene is currently a tight end at Middle Tennessee State University after transferring from Duke University. Her older sister Elizabeth (Lizzie) is blind and deaf and suffers from autism and cerebral palsy.

  • On June 2, 2009 Delle Donne announced that she would play basketball for the Blue Hens in the 2009–10 season as a redshirt freshman.
  • Led the Blue Hens to a runner-up finish in the 2011 CAA Tournament, and a berth in the WNIT.
  • Scored 557 points (25.3 ppg.), despite playing in just 22 games after being diagnosed with Lyme Disease.
  • Set a Delaware mark, hitting 52 consecutive free throws to raise her season percentage to a school record 94.4 percent (166-177 FTs).
  • Became the fastest player in Delaware and CAA history to reach 1,000 points, doing so in just 38 games (second fewest in NCAA history).
  • As a freshman in 2009-10, set numerous school records, including 66 3-pointers made, seven 30-plus point games and eight consecutive 20-plus point performances in a 21-12 season that ended in the first round of the WNIT.
  • Scored in double figures in each of her 29 games in 2009-10, totaling 774 points on the season, a new UD single-season record; averaged 26.7 ppg., third most in the nation; averaged 8.8 rpg.; ranked second in the CAA with 60 blocked shots; led the Blue Hens with 38 steals and 56 assists, the second most on the team
  • Ranked sixth in the nation with an 89.8 percent free throw conversion rate.
  • Spent her freshman season playing volleyball at Delaware.

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