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Elena Delle Donne’s 7 Steps to a Perfect Free Throw

Via Stack.com

Elena Delle Donne recently wrapped up an MVP season during which she averaged 23.4 points, 8.4 rebounds and 2 blocks per game for the WNBA’s Chicago Sky. Although she is a dynamic scorer and a lockdown defender, the most impressive part of her game might be her free-throw shooting.

Delle Donne finished the season with a marvelous 95 percent free throw percentage, knocking down 207 of 218 attempts. For comparison, the best free-throw shooter in the NBA—MVP Stephen Curry—knocked down 91.4 percent last season.

2015 was Delle Donne’s best pro season at the line, but she’s long been a free-throw master. She holds the national high school record with 80 consecutive made free throws, and she ended her college career at Delaware sporting a free-throw percentage of 91 percent.

So how did Delle Donne get so good at swishing shots from 15 feet? Luckily, she recently detailed her routine to The Wall Street Journal. Her free throw technique consists of seven basic steps.

1. Find the “Dot” in the Middle of the Free-Throw Line
Almost every free-throw line on a hardwood court has a dot placed perfectly in its center. This “dot” is typically a small hole or nail. Its purpose is to help the people who paint the court. They anchor a string to the dot to help them correctly mark the court’s dimensions.

For Delle Donne, the dot is where she begins her free-throw routine. She lines up the top of her right foot with the dot before she receives the ball from the referee. You can actually see her looking at the dot and adjusting her foot accordingly before the second free throw in this video.

2. Take Three Dribbles
After Delle Donne lines up on the dot, she looks up and receives the ball from the ref. Then she takes three dribbles in place with her right hand.

3. Place the Index Finger on the Pin-Hole
After Delle Donne takes three dribbles, she places her right index finger on the pin-hole—you know, where you insert the needle to pump air into the ball.

4. Bring the Front Elbow to 90 Degrees
Next, Delle Donne pulls the ball in front of her and forms a 90-degree angle with her right elbow.

5. Bend the Knees
Delle Donne then bends her knees slightly, keeping her upper body completely stationary.

6. Lift, Flick and Pop
After she bends her knees, Delle Donne straightens her legs, lifts her right elbow, flicks her right wrist and pops her ankles. This is the actual motion of elevating and releasing the ball. Delle Donne stresses not getting any hang time on your free-throw motion. “It’s a little bit of an ankle pop—no jumping,” Delle Donne told the Journal.

7. Tell Yourself It’s Going In
When the ball leaves Delle Donne’s hand, she practices positive visualization. “I actually just tell myself, ‘It’s going in,’” Delle Donne said. “Every single time.”

Delle Donne’s been using this routine for over a decade, logging thousands upon thousands of practice repetitions. Her muscle memory is so strong that no matter what the situation is, she can calmly step to the line and drain a pair. Technique is certainly important for free throw success, but nothing is more critical than practice.

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Basketball’s Best Free-Throw Shooter Isn’t in the NBA

TOM PERROTTA via The Wall Street Journal

WNBA MVP Elena Delle Donne shot 95% from the line this season, putting her in elite company

When the NBA season kicks off this week, the best free-throw shooter in professional basketball will be at home in Delaware preparing to run a camp for young girls.

Elena Delle Donne, the 6-foot-5 star of the WNBA’s Chicago Sky, won the league MVP award this season. She averaged 23.4 points, 8.4 rebounds and two blocked shots a game. But it was at the free-throw line where Delle Donne made history. She hit 207 of her 218 free-throw attempts, 95%—11 misses short of perfection. In three seasons with the Sky, Delle Donne has made 94.1% of her free throws, including playoff games.

Those numbers put Delle Donne in elite company. Calvin Murphy, Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf and Ray Allen are the only other players in ABA, NBA and WNBA history to shoot 95% or better in a season with more than 200 free-throw attempts. Peja Stojakovic shot 92.7% from the line in 2003-04, the highest percentage ever for a season with more than 400 free-throw attempts. Delle Donne has played 77 regular season games in her WNBA career and hit 448 of her 477 free throws (93.9%).

The first thing Delle Donne does when shooting a free throw is look for the dot—sometimes it’s a nail—that marks the middle of the free-throw line. She lines up her right foot with the dot. After she bounces the ball three times, she places her index finger on the ball’s air pinhole. She bends her knees slightly and makes an L-shape with her shooting arm.

“From there I just lift and flick, and a little bit of ankle pop,” Delle Donne said.

There’s one more thing.

“I actually just tell myself, ‘It’s going in,’” she said. “Every single time.”

Free-throw wizards tend to be modest about their talent. Anyone, they say, could shoot like them with practice.

“I guarantee 90%,” said Ted St. Martin, who holds the Guinness world record for consecutive free throws, 5,221 in seven-plus hours of shooting in 1996.

St. Martin is 80 years old and can no longer shoot, after two shoulder operations. But he still coaches, and still shakes his head at NBA free-throw percentages, which haven’t had any sustained improvement since the 1970s. (The NBA league average at the line since 2000 is 75.5%, the same as it was from 1970 to 1979, according to Stats LLC.)

Deb Remmerde-Leusink, an assistant coach for the Northwestern College women’s Division II team, shot 95.8% from the line when she played there and once hit 133 consecutive free throws. She said Delle Donne’s technique fits her theory on free-throw shooting.

“I would say two things: Have the same routine every time you step to the line, and reps,” Remmerde-Leusink said. “You’ve got to get reps.”

Delle Donne’s reps began early, under the tutelage of her father Ernie, who played basketball at Columbia University. He made his daughter shoot at a lower basket until she could use the same technique on a regulation court.

“When you look at most kids who are 6, 7, at the YMCA, they are on a 10-foot rim way too early,” Ernie Delle Donne said.

When Delle Donne was 12, she hit two free throws to tie a game with 0.1 seconds on the clock in the national Amateur Athletic Union basketball championships (her team went on to win that game and the national girls title).

“In my mind nothing will be as bad as that,” Delle Donne said. “The pressure will never get there again.”

Not long after, Delle Donne did something radical: She scrapped her free-throw motion and started anew at the suggestion of her coach, Steven Johnson, a Delaware math teacher.

“I’m not a special person, I’m not a special coach,” said Johnson, who no longer coaches basketball. “Elena just trusted me completely and she wasn’t afraid to make a mistake. All we tried to do is reduce her motion to as few movements as possible.”

Delle Donne struggled but persisted.

“It was horrific for probably a good year,” she said. “I kept saying to him, ‘Are you sure? I’m awful now.’”

Delle Donne eventually set a girl’s national high school record by hitting 80 consecutive free throws. These days she doesn’t need a lot of practice to maintain her touch.

“When I’m in the gym and I’m resting, that’s when I shoot foul shots,” she said. “It’s not a ton. It’s kind of like an art and you get it down and that’s it.”

John Eric Goff, a physics professor at Lynchburg College and author of Gold Medal Physics: The Science of Sports, said all great free-throw shooters have exquisite control over the angle at which they release the ball and its speed.

“Add 2% to your speed and you’re going to go from hitting the center of the hoop to the back of the rim,” Goff said.

A WNBA basketball is an inch smaller in diameter than an NBA ball. Goff said the smaller ball could enter the hoop at a two-degree lower angle and still go in (he called it “a tiny advantage”). One tiny disadvantage: A WNBA ball is a bit livelier, since it has a smaller radius of curvature but the same legal range of air pressure as an NBA ball. It’s slightly less predictable when it hits the rim.

Delle Donne said she’s just as comfortable with an NBA ball: “A little bit more knee bend and a little bit more ankle pop to get it there,” she said.

But there is one oddity that occasionally disrupts her free throws, when the Sky play the Connecticut Sun in Connecticut. That gym doesn’t have a dot in the middle of the free-throw line. Delle Donne went 21 of 24—a mere 87.5%—from the line in three games in Connecticut this year.

“It really bugs me,” she said. “It shows how mental foul shooting is. You need to know where to line up.”

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Elena Delle Donne and Jordan Spieth Voted Athletes of the Month

Via US Sports Academy

When it comes to winning, September’s top honorees for the United States Sports Academy’s Athlete of the Month are no strangers to it. Displaying expertise in golf and basketball for years, respectively, Jordan Spieth and Elena Delle Donne succeeded again, this time gaining favor with those making selections on the online public ballot.

Golf star Spieth won the Tour Championship and clinched the FedEx Cup on 27 September. He led by one stroke going into Sunday’s round and ended up winning by four strokes. This was his fifth win on the PGA Tour this year, including the Master’s and U.S. Open. The 22-year-old Texan became golf’s first $22 million man, a PGA Tour record, with just over $12 million in prize money and the $10 million bonus for the FedEx Cup.
Serbian tennis star Novak Djokovic, the world’s top-ranked player, was second in the voting, after beating world number two Roger Federer for the U.S. Open title at Flushing Meadows on 13 September. This left him with the year-end No. 1 ranking for the fourth time following his 6-4, 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 victory over Federer in the final.

Tying for third place for the men were United States football star Leonard Fournette and Polish soccer star Robert Lewandowski. Louisiana State University running back Fournette helped defeat the Auburn Tigers on 19 September with 228 rushing yards placing him at the top of the national rushing statistics, with 193.5 yards per game. Bayern Munich striker Lewandowski stepped off the bench at half-time against Wolfsburg to score five goals in nine minutes during a 5-1 comeback win. Lewandowski scored the quickest ever Bundesliga hat-trick (four minutes) and then set a new record with four goals in the same match.

On the women’s side, United States WNBA star Elena Delle Donne came was first in the balloting. The WNBA announced that Delle Donne was named Most Valuable Player for 2015 after leading the Chicago Sky to a 21-13 record. She averaged a league high 23.4 points per game in 31 games, scoring at least 40 points twice, 30 points five times, and 20 points 21 times. She also shot a WNBA-best 95.0% (207-for-218) from the free throw line and finished third in the league in rebounding with 8.4 rebounds per game and third in blocked shots with 2.06 blocks per game.

Coming in second in the worldwide voting was Italian tennis star Flavia Pennetta. The 26th seed beat fellow Italian Roberta Vinci to win her first Grand Slam title at the U.S. Open in New York City. An error in the eighth game did bring Vinci level at 4-4, but Pennetta stepped up her play to win the decisive tie break 7-4. She then raced to a 4-0 lead in the second-set, withstanding a late rally from her opponent and childhood friend to win it 6-2.

Tying for third on the women’s side were New Zealand golf star Lydia Ko and Dafne Schippers, a sprinter from the Netherlands. Ko became the youngest winner of a major after scoring a stunning final round to win the Evian Championship in France on 13 September with her 16-under-par finish.. The 18-year-old, ranked number two in the world, fought back when the pressure ramped up – as she has done for most of her previous 12 professional tournament wins – to win the fifth and final major of 2015 by six shots on the shores of Lake Geneva. World champion Schippers edged Olympic champion Allyson Felix to win a highly anticipated 200 meter race at the Van Damme Diamond League meeting on 11 September. Felix held a slight advantage entering the home straight, but Schippers passed her down the stretch to secure her victory. Schippers crossed the finish line in 22.12 second, beating Felix by a tenth of a second.

The public is invited to participate in the worldwide Athlete of the Month nomination and voting process. Visit the Academy website at www.ussa.edu to submit your nominations each month. Return to the website during the first two weeks of each month to vote for the Athletes of the Month. Your votes choose the winners who become candidates for the Athlete of the Year. The monthly and yearly winners are announced on the Academy’s website and in its online publication, The Sport Update.

The United States Sports Academy is an independent, non-profit, regionally accredited, special mission Sports University created to serve the nation and world with programs in instruction, research, and service. The role of the Academy is to prepare men and women for careers in the profession of sports. For more information about the Academy, call 251-626-3303 or visit www.ussa.edu.

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Girls basketball: Local players get surprise meeting with Elena Delle Donne

By Rich Mayor | Chicago Tribune

Meeting your idol is one thing. Hugging her, asking her questions, taking selfies with her and walking down a makeshift catwalk as she judges is quite another.

Marshall, Simeon and Young’s girls basketball teams were able to do just that Friday at Dick’s Sporting Goods in Lincoln Park, at a Nike event featuring Sky star and reigning WNBA most valuable player Elena Delle Donne.

Some players had no clue Delle Donne would be at the event; others managed to piece together context clues about an event that started as a fashion show. When the 6-foot-5 forward walked down the runway with minimal warning, the metaphorical roof blew off.

“You can’t tell by (the players’) emotions now, but I saw them when she came in,” Marshall coach Dorothy Gaters said afterward. “That was real, genuine excitement they expressed.”

Delle Donne, 26, averaged 23.4 points, 8.4 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game in the 2015 season, while shooting .460 from the field and .950 from the free-throw line. Delle Donne, who received 38 of the 39 first-place MVP votes, is first Sky player to win the award.

The players in attendance could basically recite her stats.

Marshall senior Keshunda Williams was “amazed” being in the presence of the MVP. She sees the NBA as “rigged,” so only watches the WNBA. Williams laments Delle Donne not being around 10 years ago — expressing jealousy of current grade-schoolers — since a Chicago-based role model would’ve inspired her even more as a young player.

“I think it’s the most important thing I can do, is inspire the younger athletes coming up,” Delle Donne said. “I remember, luckily, when I started playing I had the WNBA to look up to. It’s so important to have something you can really dream about, a goal that you can hope to attain. Hopefully being around them and talking with them will help motivate them more, whatever their dreams are.”

Delle Donne returns home to Delaware on Monday. After playing in Chicago for three seasons, she “certainly” considers it a second home, pointing to Lincoln Park as her favorite area, despite moving homes a few times in her Sky career.

Meanwhile her stock as a player, a local icon and Nike spokesperson continues to grow.

“Even with this clothing line, it just shows how much more she wants to do,” Simeon’s Daija Mosley said. ” She wants to go further than just basketball, you know? She tries to inspire others, and that’s a great thing for us.”

The Sky traded for Marshall graduate Cappie Pondexter, Ms. Basketball of Illinois in both 2000 and 2001, prior to the 2015 season. The 32-year-old’s presence increased the Public League’s already prodigious focus on the Sky. Gaters was sure to organize multiple team trips this season to see the Sky, who lost in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs.

“She epitomizes what we hope these kids aspire to do, which is be the best you can be,” Gaters said. “For most kids, they don’t want to do anything extra. But you see this young lady, she’s probably the best basketball player in the world. She’s an example of what to look to.”

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2015 Nike Elite Women’s Collection Wear-Test

Via SlamOnline.com

A couple weeks ago, Nike gathered a who’s who of the best women’s basketball players on the planet past and future: 2015 WNBA MVP Elena Delle Donne, the legendary Sheryl Swoopes, 2015 WNBA ROY Jewell Loyd,Chiney Ogwumike and Sue Bird. The reason? The unveiling of the brand’s new basketball performance apparel collection, designed for women by women.

The 2015 Nike Elite Women’s Basketball Collection caters to the premier female athlete—no more rolling up sleeves or adjusting shorts because you’re wearing men’s gear, this collection is designed to fit perfectly for women.

Available now at Nike.com and select retail outlets, the collection includes a Nike Women’s Elite Basketball short, hoodie, pant and tank, all tailored for on-court performance, optimal mobility and lightweight comfort.

SLAM’s Alexis Morgan (@alexiskmorgan) was in the building for the collection’s launch event, including an on-court wear-test. Watch the video above to hear from all the WNBA players in attendance and to get a closer look at the apparel.

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USA National Team Races Past EuroCup Pro Team Dike Naples, 86-50

By USA Basketball via Sports Page Magazine

In an overall team effort that saw every member score by halftime, the 2015 USA Basketball Women’s National Team (3-0) raced out to a 32-6 lead at the end of the first quarter and earned an eventual 86-50 win over 2015-16 EuroCup pro team Dike Naples on Thursday night in Naples, Italy.

Brittney Griner (Phoenix Mercury) tied as the game’s high scorer with a team-high 15 points to go with three rebounds, a pair of blocked shots and two steals, Breanna Stewart (University of Connecticut) shot 6-of-9 from the field and finished with 12 points and three steals, Elena Delle Donne (Chicago Sky) contributed 11 points and five boards, Stefanie Dolson (Washington Mystics) scored 11 points on 4-of-5 from the floor, and Courtney Vandersloot (Chicago Sky) rounded out the USA’s top five scorers with eight points to go with a game-high three assists. Candice Dupree (Phoenix Mercury) grabbed a game-best nine caroms, while contributing six points and four steals.

“I thought that for about 30 minutes we played some really, really good basketball,” said USA National Team head coach Geno Auriemma, who utilized a new starting lineup tonight. “All-in-all, I’m glad that that second group (tonight’s starting five) got a chance to play a lot of minutes and contribute a lot. It was good for them to show what they can do when given an opportunity.”

“Being able to get them out there right from the beginning when it mattered was important. I thought they set a great tone in the first quarter. So for me, this is what this trip is all about. We want to give people an opportunity to make the team or to show us that they’re not quite ready yet. Sometimes when you’re bringing people off the bench, you’re not getting them in the right circumstances all the time. So, I thought today was good.”

Griner, who had nine points by the end of the first quarter, put the red, white and blue on the board first with a pair of free throws at 8:34. Naples got a bucket at 7:07, but Griner scored seven points to help fuel a 14-0 run that blew the game open, 16-2, at 4:32. Following a 4-2 spurt by the home team, the USA reeled off another 14-0 run to take a commanding 32-6 lead after 10 minutes of play.

Naples never threatened as the U.S. went up 55-16 at halftime and 77-36 at the end of the third period.

“We were working out the kinks a little bit,” said Stewart, who started against Naples after coming off the bench in the USA’s first two games. “We have a big game on Saturday, it’s our last game on this tour and we want to finish off strong. This is preparing us for that.

“Our group was trying to make sure we had the fluidity of our plays down and that kind of stuff,” continued Stewart. “There are certain sets that we want to make sure, if we have to use them, we know how to do so and are ready to do that. Eventually we figured it out.”

The Americans connected on a blistering 58.7 percent (37-63 FGs) from the field, including 42.9 percent (6-14 3pt FGs) from 3-point, while holding Naples to just 37.7 percent (20-53 FGs) field goal shooting and 33.3 percent (7-21 3pt FGs) from beyond the arc.

Gintare Pertonyte was the top scorer for Naples with 15 points.

Four-time USA Basketball gold medalist Cierra Burdick (Atlanta Dream), who played at the University of Tennessee, recently arrived in Naples and contributed three points and six rebounds.

For Delle Donne, the three days in Italy was a return to her roots and the reigning WNBA MVP was swarmed by fans in Rome and Naples asking for selfies and autographs.

“It’s amazing that just my last name alone brings so many fans,” she said after making her way through a throng of fans following the game. “It’s pretty incredible, the support that they had for me.”

The USA’s four-game European tour concludes with a game against 2015 EuroLeague champion USK Prague on Oct. 9 in Prague, Czech Republic. Not only did USK Prague win the EuroLeague title last spring, it recently defeated a Diana Taurasi-led UMMC Ekaterinburg squad 93-91 on Oct. 7 for the 2016 SuperCup title.

“It’s going to be a little bit weird (laughs),” said Danielle Robinson (San Antonio Stars), who helped lead USK to the EuroLeague crown last season and will remain in Prague with the club team after Saturday’s game. “I know they’re going to come out and play hard. That’s kind of our M.O., our coach prides herself on defense, and getting out and running on transition. I think it’ll be a good test for us, especially because we like to do the same thing. I think it’ll be a good game.”

“Obviously we’re getting ready to play one of the best teams in all of Europe, one that’s just coming off of a great win over a great team,” added Auriemma. “So, I’m sure they have a lot of confidence right now. And any chance you get to play the United States, I’m sure they’re going to be excited. It’s going to be a challenge for us, going into their country. It’s the last game of a long trip, so I’m looking forward to seeing what our team is made of. I think we’re going to play great. It’s going to be a great environment and it’s going to be a great game.”

Auriemma is being assisted through the 2016 Olympic Games by DePaul University’s Doug Bruno, the Minnesota Lynx’ Cheryl Reeve and University of South Carolina’s Dawn Staley. Reeve is coaching the Minnesota Lynx in the 2015 WNBA Finals and therefore is not with the team in Europe. University of Hartford head coach Jennifer Rizzotti is serving as a court coach during the USA’s European Tour.

The USA squad is using this tour as preparations for the 2016 Olympic Games, which will be held Aug. 5-21 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

USA Basketball Women’s National Team
U.S. Olympic women’s basketball teams have earned a record seven gold medals, one silver medal and one bronze medal, and are 58-3 all-time in Olympic competition. The 2016 U.S. team will enter Rio riding a 41-game Olympic winning streak that dates back to the 1992 Barcelona Olympics bronze medal game.

Since the inception of the 1995-96 USA Basketball Women’s National Team program, the USA National Team, in addition to its record five-straight Olympic gold medals, has captured four FIBA World Championship gold medals, one FIBA World Championship bronze medal and one FIBA Americas Championship gold medal, while compiling a remarkable 86-1 record for a .989 winning percentage in those events. Further, USA National Teams in exhibition contests since 1995 boast of a 186-15 record (.925 winning percentage).

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Elena Delle Donne leads WNBA first team

Via ESPN

Chicago Sky star Elena Delle Donne continues to rack up honors in the WNBA.

After earning league MVP honors last month, Delle Donne was a unanimous choice for the WNBA first team in voting announced Thursday. It’s the first time in her young career that Delle Donne has been chosen as one of the best five players in the league.

“It’s an awesome honor to be named amongst such incredible players. It was a fun season, and I think it reflects a really great season,” said Delle Donne, who is training with USA Basketball in Europe. “Unfortunately, we didn’t get where we wanted to be, but there is a lot to improve upon, so that’s exciting as well.”

The Sky lost to the Indiana Fever in the conference semifinals.

Delle Donne averaged 23.4 points per game, scoring at least 40 twice. She shot 95 percent from the free throw line and finished third in the WNBA in rebounding.

She received 39 first-team votes from a national panel of writers and broadcasters.

Joining her on the first team were Maya Moore of Minnesota, Tina Charles of New York, DeWanna Bonner of Phoenix and Angel McCoughtry of Atlanta.

The second team was headlined by Brittney Griner, who missed the first seven games of the season while serving a suspension for a domestic violence arrest. Other members of the second team were Candace Parker of Los Angeles, Tamika Catchings of Indiana, Epiphanny Prince of New York and Courtney Vandersloot of Chicago.

Parker sat out the first half of the season to rest her body, and Prince missed the first 10 games of the season playing for Russia in an Olympic qualifier.

Catchings was honored for the 12th time in her career. She didn’t make it last season or in 2008 when she was injured.

“At this stage of my career, to be among the 10 best players in the league is a blessing,” Catchings said.

Each player receives a trophy, and first-team members are awarded $10,000. Second-team players receive a $5,000 bonus.

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WNBA MVP Elena Delle Donne Helps Unveil Nike Women’s Basketball Collection

By Christina M. Tapper | S.I. Kids

This was Elena Delle Donne’s year.

The Chicago Sky star won the 2015 WNBA MVP after leading the league in scoring (23.4 points per game) and free throw percentage (95%) — she made 207 of 218 shots from the charity stripe.

Despite Delle Donne’s on-the-court domination, the 6-foot-5 guard/forward saw her team flounder in the Eastern Conference Semifinals last month. Delle Donne scored 40 points in a decisive game three against the Indiana Fever, but it wasn’t enough. The Sky’s season ended with a 100-89 loss.

“It just wasn’t my team’s year,” Delle Donne said at the launch of the Nike Women’s Elite Basketball collection in New York City recently.

She’s not moping, though.

“So many times in sports you’re going to fail, but it’s how you get back up from that,” Delle Donne said. “I’m not going to sulk about it. I’m just trying to improve and encourage my teammates to do the same. That’s how you bounce back.”

Delle Donne aims to get even better this offseason. And to assist in her improvement on the hardwood, she’s upgraded her gear — some of which she helped create.

Last week, Delle Donne joined other WNBA stars in New York as Nike unveiled its new line of apparel designed for women, by women. The brand worked with professional hoops stars like Delle Donne, Connecticut Sun forward Chiney Ogwumike, and Seattle Storm guard Sue Bird — as well as elite high school players — to create the line.

From the tank to the shorts, Delle Donne said the gear will help bring her game to the next level.

“The fit is incredible,” said Delle Donne, who pointed out girls and women have often worn men’s apparel while playing. “I can put it on and just concentrate on my training.”

The line also includes a basketball hoodie and a cuffed pant. All the products were on hand at the unveiling, which included a panel discussion with Delle Donne, Ogwumike, Bird, and 2015 WNBA Rookie of Year Jewell Lloyd, moderated by basketball legend Sheryl Swoopes.

Delle Donne grew up wearing Swoopes’ sneaker, the first-ever women’s basketball signature-shoe. So being a part of the new women’s athletic collection is special.

“I remember when the Air Swoopes came out and how big that was,” Delle Donne said. “I owned a pair in middle school. When I got them, I had to go out to the yard immediately and play in them. Now, I’m a part of this collection. It just shows how far we’ve come now that we have a basketball apparel line.”

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USA Women’s National Team Defeats Uni Girona, 84-52

Elena is among 33 athletes who have been selected to attend the USA Basketball mini-camp in Las Vegas from October 3rd to October 6th. From this pool of 33 athletes the 2014 World Championship Team will be selected.

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Geno Auriemma’s Global Reach

Elena is among 33 athletes who have been selected to attend the USA Basketball mini-camp in Las Vegas from October 3rd to October 6th. From this pool of 33 athletes the 2014 World Championship Team will be selected.

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