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Delaware's Delle Donne On The Mend

By Mel Greenberg

Delaware's Delle Donne On The Mend

By Mel Greenberg

Delaware redshirt-freshman sensation Elena Delle Donne recovered sensation in her right arm and hand and shot at Friday's light practice but did not participate in contact drills, coach Tina Martin said.

The Blue Hens coach reported Delle Donne is likely to play in Sunday's major Colonial Athletic Association clash at Drexel at noon at the 2,500-seat Daskalakis Athletic Center.

Drexel officials reported 1,200 had already been sold in advance, largest ever for a women's game at the school.

The Dragons beat the Delaware in double overtime two weeks ago in an exciting game in Newark. Drexel is currently locked in a three-way tie for first with Virginia Commonwealth and Old Dominion in the CAA where the Dragons are defending champions. The Blue Hens are two games back tied with James Madison.

Delle Donne got hurt near the end of the first half of Thursday night's win over Towson and did not return after the break, reporting she had lost sensation after getting hit in the right elbow. She had scored 18 points in the first half.

She missed two games earlier this season after suffering an ankle injury in the first game of Colorado State's tournament.

Additionally, Eva Riddick, another starter, got sick at halftime and did not return but was feeling better Friday.

Tesia Harris, who missed the last two games with an ankle injury, was also cleared to play.

Drexel is coming from an overtime win at Northeastern Thursday night where Dragons star Gabriela Marginean scored 41 points, second most in the history of the program. She previously scored 47 several years ago for the record in the five-overtime win at Drexel over Northeastern.

If Delle Donne plays, it will be her first Philadelphia appearance since the days the Ursuline Academy graduate out of Wilmington played for Fencor AAU.

-- Mel

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Mel Greenberg covers college and pro women’s basketball for the Philadelphia Inquirer, where he has worked for 38 years. Greenberg pioneered national coverage of the game, including the original Top 25 women's college poll. His knowledge has earned him nicknames such as "The Guru" and "The Godfather. He was inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in 2007.

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Jonathan Tannenwald is a producer with In addition to covering the local college scene, he spent two years as the Washington Mystics beat writer for Women's Hoops Guru. He also writes his own blog, Soft Pretzel Logic, which covers men's college basketball, football, and other sports.

Kathleen Radebaugh is a recent graduate of St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia. She covered women's basketball for the school's newspaper, The Hawk, and served as sports editor her sophomore year. She was also a four-year member of the varsity crew team.

Erin Semagin Damio covers the University of Connecticut and the WNBA's Connecticut Sun for the blog, and contributes other features. The Storrs, Conn., native also attends Northeastern University, where she is a coxswain on the varsity crew team.

Acacia O'Connor is based in Washington, D.C., where she reports on the Mystics and the college basketball scene in the nation's capital. A graduate of Vassar college, she played on the varsity women's basketball team and was editor of the student newspaper.

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