Saturday, April 18, 2015

The New Mother Hen

Delaware's Elena Delle Donne is having a season for the ages.

The New Mother Hen

Delle Donne launches her record-setting shot Thursday night ( photo by Mark Campbell, UD Athletics Media Relations; used with permission )<br />
Delle Donne launches her record-setting shot Thursday night ( photo by Mark Campbell, UD Athletics Media Relations; used with permission )

It is time for the Delaware Valley to wake up and take notice of one of the greatest individual seasons in the area's history.

Thursday night, Wilmington's own Elena Delle Donne (left) became the University of Delaware's all-time leading women's scorer — as a junior!

Throw in 58% percent shooting from the floor, 51% percent from the arc, nearly 10 rebounds a game and 2.8 blocked shots and you really have something to talk about. To be fair, she has let her free throw percentage suffer ... 92.9%, down from 94.4% last year.

Delle Donne and fellow starters Trumae Lucas, Lauren Carra, Danielle Parker and Akeema Richards — along with bench regulars Jocelyn Bailey, Kayla Miller and Kelsey Buchanan — have the Blue Hens ranked 21st in the country at 11-1, with their only loss coming to a Maryland team which heads into Sunday with a record of 15-0 and is ranked fifth in the country.

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Delle Donne's numbers heading into the Blue Hen's game Sunday at George Mason:

        2011-12   Career 
 Games 12  63 
 Points 354  1685 
   Avg. 29.5  26.7 
 Field Goals 128-221       562-1182 
   Pct. 57.9  47.5 
 3-Pt. FG 19-37  121-300 
   Pct. 51.4  40.3 
 Free Throws 79-85  440-478 
   Pct. 92.9  92.1 
 Rebounds 117  543 
   Avg. 9.8  8.6 
 Assists 26  122 
   Avg. 2.2  1.9 
 Blocked Shots     34  152 
   Avg. 2.8  2.4 
Steals 12 71 
   Avg. 1.0 1.1 
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