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Football? Nah, let’s talk Delle Donne

By Ryan Marshall – DelmarvaNow

With football in the NFC East being so bad, let’s not forget an Delaware icon.

The NFC East is set for a down year.

It’s early, but right now none of these teams are ready for a playoff push.

The Eagles have forgotten how to play football.

The Cowboys are all injured.

The Redskins are emerging as the team to beat.

That doesn’t sound right, nor will it last.

And the Giants, who should be 2-0, can’t close a game.

Never before had I been this excited for an Eagles season. Never have I been let down this much. I still have faith in Chip Kelly, but it’s fading fast.

While all this is set to change in the next 2-4 weeks, one of Delaware’s most beloved athletes won an honor of her own.

That’s where I found my solace over the pain of the NFL.

University of Delaware grad and No. 2 overall pick Elena Delle Donne won the WNBA MVP on Sept. 16.

The 26-year-old then went on to score 40 points for the Chicago Sky, two shy of the WNBA playoff record. Chicago was knocked out of the playoffs but it was still a year to remember for Delle Donne, with the scoring title and MVP award.

This all comes after her well-documented struggle with Lyme’s Disease that forced her to miss more than half of the Sky’s regular-season games in the previous season.

“That was pretty scary last year,” Delle Donne told The News Journal, “just seeing if I’d be healthy enough to be on the court. When I finally felt like I was able to get the Lyme under control I had the back injury.

“It does make it that much sweeter this year that I was able to be on the court almost every single game with my teammates and do something really special as a group.”

Delle Donne also provided me with one of the biggest sporting events in my young journalism career. My senior year at UD, Delle Donne and the rest of the women’s basketball team made it to the 2013 Sweet 16 after hosting the first and second rounds of the NCAA Tournament in Newark.

It was the loudest I had ever heard the Bob Carpenter Center in those wins against West Virginia and North Carolina.

The trip to Bridgeport, Connecticut, was worth it even in the Blue Hens’ loss to Kentucky.

Needless to say, she’s been one of my favorite athletes for the simple reason that I got to go to school with her and talk about sports, much like Atlanta Falcons linebacker Paul Worrilow, who also played lacrosse on my brother’s high school team.

Delle Donne always had the skills and height to compete at the college level, but it’s a true testament to her work ethic to battle Lyme’s Disease while going toe-to-toe with the WNBA’s best.

And with the state of the Philadelphia Eagles being so bad, that’s just the kind of news I needed.

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New WNBA MVP Elena Delle Donne praised by LeBron James, others

At 6 feet, 7 inches and roughly 300 pounds, Miles Bankston was his usual formidable obstacle in Elena Delle Donne’s path, but common sense and team protocol dictated he not flip the franchise player on her head as she drove toward him 10 days before the season opener.

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Delle Donne’s MVP year includes mastery of free throws

At 6 feet, 7 inches and roughly 300 pounds, Miles Bankston was his usual formidable obstacle in Elena Delle Donne’s path, but common sense and team protocol dictated he not flip the franchise player on her head as she drove toward him 10 days before the season opener.

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Elena Named 2015 WNBA Most Valuable Player

At 6 feet, 7 inches and roughly 300 pounds, Miles Bankston was his usual formidable obstacle in Elena Delle Donne’s path, but common sense and team protocol dictated he not flip the franchise player on her head as she drove toward him 10 days before the season opener.

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Elena Delle Donne Wins MVP

At 6 feet, 7 inches and roughly 300 pounds, Miles Bankston was his usual formidable obstacle in Elena Delle Donne’s path, but common sense and team protocol dictated he not flip the franchise player on her head as she drove toward him 10 days before the season opener.

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The Chicago Sky’s unstoppable No. 11: Elena Delle Donne

At 6 feet, 7 inches and roughly 300 pounds, Miles Bankston was his usual formidable obstacle in Elena Delle Donne’s path, but common sense and team protocol dictated he not flip the franchise player on her head as she drove toward him 10 days before the season opener.

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Elena Delle Donne Emerges as Face of the W.N.B.A.

At 6 feet, 7 inches and roughly 300 pounds, Miles Bankston was his usual formidable obstacle in Elena Delle Donne’s path, but common sense and team protocol dictated he not flip the franchise player on her head as she drove toward him 10 days before the season opener.

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Delle Donne Earns Second Straight Dawn Staley Community Leadership Award

DELLE DONNE EARNS SECOND STRAIGHT DAWN STALEY COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP AWARD

For the second consecutive year, Elena Delle Donne of the Chicago Sky is the recipient of the Dawn Staley Community Leadership Award in recognition of her unparalleled work in the community in 2014, the league announced today. The award recognizes a player whose outreach inspires the community and reflects Staley’s leadership, spirit, charitable efforts and love for the game.

“Elena’s passion and dedication to her community are truly extraordinary,” said WNBA President Laurel J. Richie. “Her deep desire to help those around her inspires every person she meets, and she has distinguished herself as a true leader.”

During the 2014 offseason, Delle Donne worked on her game while maintaining a strong presence in the community: hosting basketball clinics, making hospital visits and serving as a Global Ambassador for Special Olympics. In honor of her sister Lizzie, who is blind, deaf, and suffers from autism and cerebral palsy, Delle Donne joined an elite group of Special Olympics Global Ambassadors to advance opportunities for people with intellectual disabilities. In further support of the cause, Delle Donne joined Sky Head Coach Pokey Chatman and the Maine-Niles Association of Special Recreation in February to host a basketball clinic for Special Olympics athletes.

Delle Donne has also helped raise awareness of Lyme disease, an ailment from which she suffers. After battling the disease for six years, Delle Donne became the first national ambassador for the Lyme Research Alliance (LRA), an organization dedicated to increasing awareness and funding for Lyme disease research and prevention. As an ambassador, Delle Donne will appear at LRA events across the country, spreading hope and awareness in search of a cure.

Delle Donne was named the Goodwill Ambassador for the Delaware 87ers and partnered with the team to host a VIP event with proceeds benefiting LymeAid 4 Kids, which raises money for families struggling to afford Lyme disease diagnosis and treatment.

“It is my pleasure to present Elena Delle Donne with the Dawn Staley Award for the second consecutive year,” said WNBA Legend and University of South Carolina Head Coach Dawn Staley. “Her model leadership in the community is incredible. Elena has been generous with her time and goes above and beyond the call of duty to enrich the lives of others in her community.”

“I am grateful to receive the Dawn Staley Community Leadership Award for a second time. Dawn has had a huge influence on me, both on and off the court, and it’s a privilege to be honored with this award,” said Delle Donne. “I strive to use the unique position I’m in to help make a difference in people’s lives, and I’m thankful to the WNBA, Special Olympics, Global Lyme Alliance and Dawn for encouraging me to do so. By sharing my own experiences, I have been able to help educate and inspire others to overcome their personal challenges, and I will always continue doing that.”

The Dawn Staley Community Leadership Award is presented annually. A designated committee selected Delle Donne as the winner from a group of nominated WNBA players. The WNBA will make a $10,000 donation to the Lyme Disease Association’s Lyme Aid 4 Kids fund of the on behalf of Delle Donne.

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Deadspin: Elena Delle Donne Outscores Entire Other Team In 4th-Quarter Comeback

The Chicago Sky completed a magnificent comeback to take the third and deciding game of the WNBA Eastern Conference semifinals, charging back from 17 points down with eight minutes remaining to top Atlanta 81-80.

The hero was Elena Delle Donne, who scored 17 of her 34 points in the fourth—a quarter in which Atlanta had 13 points in total—including the winning basket with eight seconds left.

Watch video: Deadspin

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USA TODAY: Elena Delle Donne’s late jumper rallies Sky past Dream

ATLANTA (AP) — Despite trailing by 17 early in the fourth quarter, the Chicago Sky weren’t ready to give up on their season. Instead, they kept their focus and pulled off the biggest fourth-quarter comeback in WNBA playoff history.

Elena Delle Donne scored 17 of her 34 points in the final period, including the winning jumper with 8.4 seconds left, as the Sky rallied from 20 points down to beat the Atlanta Dream 81-80 on Tuesday night and advance to the Eastern Conference finals.

“I just know that when we were in huddles and I was talking to the team, everyone had that look in their eye like we were not done yet — we were not ready to go home,” Delle Donne said. “So I was very confident. … I knew we were playing pretty good defense, just not doing the little things like finishing with a rebound, finishing with a contested shot.”

The Sky, who trailed by 16 after three quarters, became the first team to rally from such a deficit in a playoff game since the WNBA went to four quarters in 2006, according to information provided by the league from the Elias Sports Bureau. It’s been done three times in regular-season games.

Tamera Young scored 16 points and Sylvia Fowles added 13 points and 15 rebounds as the Sky won a playoff series for the first time in franchise history. Chicago was swept by Indiana in the first round last year in the Sky’s first postseason appearance.

The Sky will visit the Fever for the opener of the East finals on Saturday.

The road team won each game in this best-of-three series, with Chicago taking the opener 80-77 last Friday, and Atlanta winning 92-83 in Game 2 on Sunday.

(Article via USA Today)

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WNBA: Elena Delle Donne scores 21 to lead Sky over Mystics

Elena Delle Donne is starting to work her way back into form and the Chicago Sky are going to need their young star if they hope to make a playoff push.

Delle Donne scored 21 points in her second game back after a recurrence of Lyme disease that caused her to miss 17 of the Sky’s previous 18 games. Sylvia Fowles added 14 points and 11 rebounds for Chicago in a 76-65 win over Washington on Sunday.

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Elena Earns Community Honor

–2013 Rookie of the Year Unites Love of Basketball with Love of Acceptance, Inclusion, Dignity and Respect of Others–

“The minute she stepped into the league, Elena has done everything possible to make a difference not just on the basketball court, but in the community as well,” said WNBA President Laurel J. Richie. “Her resilience and dedication as an athlete is matched by her passion for making a difference in the community. She’s a genuine role model in everything that she does.”

Delle Donne’s primary focus is working with the Special Olympics, a cause that has very personal meaning. Her sister Lizzie is autistic, has cerebral palsy and is blind and deaf. Delle Donne participated in several Special Olympic clinics and events throughout the year, including several basketball clinics held in Chicago. Additionally, she played in the NBA Cares Special Olympics Unified Sports Basketball Game. Due to her work and dedication with the Special Olympics, Delle Donne was named a Special Olympics Global Ambassador. In honor of her sister, Delle Donne joined an elite group of Global Ambassadors to elevate the Special Olympics movement and advance opportunities for people with intellectual disabilities. Delle Donne made a pledge through R-Word.org to respect all people – those with and without intellectual disabilities – and end the use of the “r-word,” a pledge that was part of Spread the Word to End the Word Awareness Day, which took place on March 5.

In addition to her work and passion for the Special Olympics, Delle Donne helps to bring awareness and education to Lyme disease, an ailment she herself is battling. She attended a Delaware 87ers game during the 2013 offseason to help raise awareness for Lyme disease. Staying healthy continues to be a daily battle for Delle Donne, who missed games on June 10 and June 13 to receive treatment for a Lyme disease flare-up. Delle Donne’s perseverance has provided inspiration and education, and continues to fuel a conversation among countless Americans about the physical and emotional challenges associated with Lyme disease. For her contributions to Lyme research and awareness, Delle Donne was honored with the StarLight Award by Lyme Research Alliance on April 5.

“Elena’s commitment to making a difference in her community has been evident since her collegiate days at Delaware” said WNBA Legend and University of South Carolina head coach Dawn Staley. “Her dedication to bringing awareness to Lyme disease and working with Special Olympics brings visible impact to two important causes. It’s my pleasure to honor Elena with this year’s Dawn Staley Community Leadership Award.”

The Dawn Staley Community Leadership Award is presented annually. Each WNBA team nominated one player and a designated committee selected Delle Donne as the winner. The WNBA will make a $10,000 donation to the Lyme Research Alliance on behalf of Delle Donne.

“It’s an honor to receive the Dawn Staley Community Leadership Award. I’ve always looked up to Dawn for her accomplishments on the court and in the community,” said Delle Donne. “As an athlete, you’re given an enormous platform to use however you choose. By sharing my personal experiences with Lyme disease, along with my sister Lizzie’s fight with her ailment, I’ve been able to help educate and inspire others to overcome obstacles that they’re faced with. I’m thankful to the WNBA, Special Olympics, Lyme Research Alliance and Dawn for giving me an avenue off the court to make a difference.”

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Stronger Delle Donne Ready for Tipoff

At 6 feet, 7 inches and roughly 300 pounds, Miles Bankston was his usual formidable obstacle in Elena Delle Donne’s path, but common sense and team protocol dictated he not flip the franchise player on her head as she drove toward him 10 days before the season opener.

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Elena Delle Donne Honored at LRA’s Time for Lyme Gala

Elena Delle Donne was honored at the LRA’s “Time for Lyme” Gala on Saturday with the Star Light Award for stepping forward as a role model for young people struggling with Lyme disease and raising awareness. Delle Donne was loudly applauded when she said she believes Lyme disease “found me for a purpose,” alluding to the good she has subsequently been able to do for those afflicted.

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Elena Delle Donne Talks About Special Olympics on “Inside Stuff”

Elena Delle Donne talks about her role as an ambassador for the Special Olympics on NBA TV’s “Inside Stuff.”

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Stronger Elena Delle Donne wants more success

Sky’s second-year star has built up in the offseason to build on her WNBA rookie of year season. Elena Delle Donne had a remarkable first year while leading the Sky to a first-ever WNBA playoff appearance.

But the rookie of the year says she wants to become better and stronger. The 6-foot-5 forward, who averaged 18.1 points and 5.6 rebounds, passed up playing overseas during the WNBA offseason to build up her stamina and muscle mass while training four days a week in Chicago.

“Strength … that was an adjustment I wasn’t able to make until the offseason,” Delle Donne said Tuesday in Chicago. “I knew I was going to just have to get through and get by with the versatility of my game. Once we were eliminated (by Indiana), I asked our strength coach (Ann Crosby): ‘When can I start lifting?’ She just said: ‘Calm down. We need to relax first. Relax your body, but we’ll get to it.'”

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Elena Delle Donne to be Honored at Lyme Research Alliance Gala on April 5

Greenwich, CT (PRWEB) February 26, 2014 — Lyme Research Alliance (LRA) today announced it will honor Elena Delle Donne—the reigning Women’s National Basketball Association’s (WNBA) Rookie of the Year—with its Star Light Award at LRA’s “Time for Lyme” Gala, on April 5, at the Hyatt Regency Greenwich in Old Greenwich, CT.

“We are excited that Elena—one of the most talked-about women’s basketball players in the country—will be joining us at the Gala to receive this award,” said Ally Hilfiger, Event Chair. “More than 300,000 people are diagnosed every year with Lyme. By sharing her story and lending her name to LRA’s campaign to fund a cure, Elena will be helping to educate countless Americans about the devastating impact of this disease, including the financial hardships that come with the battle.”

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Elena Delle Donne, Chip Kelly to appear at Blue-Gold hoops games

Appearances by women’s basketball star Elena Delle Donne and Eagles coach Chip Kelly will highlight the 15th annual Blue-Gold all-star high school basketball games on March 15 at the Bob Carpenter Center.

The games are organized by and benefit Best Buddies Delaware, which helps provide friendship and job opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The games showcase the top senior players in Delaware.

The week will kick off with practices for the Blue boys and girls teams at Sanford School and the Gold boys and girls teams at Wesley College at 6 p.m. March 11. All of the teams will be in Dover on March 12 to attend a Superior Court presentation led by judge Robert Young, have lunch with Attorney General Beau Biden and meet with state legislators and Gov. Jack Markell.

 

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Chicago Sky, Delle Donne to play WNBA preseason game at UD

The Chicago Sky will host the first-ever WNBA preseason game in the state of Delaware on Tuesday, May 13, at 7 p.m. The Sky will take on the Washington Mystics at the Bob Carpenter Center at the University of Delaware, the alma mater of the 2013 WNBA Rookie of the Year Elena Delle Donne.

Delle Donne began her esteemed career at UD in 2009 and became one of the most successful athletes in the University’s history.

She was awarded the Senior CLASS Award and Honda Award in 2013, and was a first team All-American and National Player of the Year candidate in her junior and senior seasons.

 

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Elena Delle Donne, Chicago Sky to play preseason WNBA game at Bob Carpenter Center

Elena Delle Donne and the Chicago Sky will play a preseason basketball game May 13 at the Bob Carpenter Center, officials announced Tuesday.

The Sky will take on the Washington Mystics at 7 p.m. Delle Donne, a star at Ursuline Academy and the University of Delaware, is the reigning WNBA Rookie of the Year. She helped the Sky earn its first franchise playoff berth.

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Elena Delle Donne adjusting to her role as the face of the WNBA

During her award-winning rookie season, it became clear early that Elena Delle Donne would rather talk about her teammates than herself.

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Tamika Catchings, Elena Delle Donne and Brittney Griner inspire communities

The WNBA grabbed plenty of headlines this offseason. But aside from ownership changes and overseas player updates, there has been some big news regarding community outreach with some of the players.

Earlier this month Elena Delle Donne, the WNBA Rookie of the Year, was named a global Special Olympics ambassador. The organization has long been a passion for Delle Donne. Her older sister Lizzie is autistic and has cerebral palsy, unable to see or hear.

“I’ve always loved working with Special Olympics and being able to get on the court and see young people with and without intellectual disabilities passing the ball and playing together,” Delle Donne said in a news release.

 

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Q&A: Quick WNBA playoff exit driving Elena Delle Donne

Elena Delle Donne, the reigning WNBA rookie of the year and former Ursuline Academy and University of Delaware star, will return home to partner with the Delaware 87ers, the 76ers’ NBA Development League affiliate, for a Lyme disease awareness night during Monday’s 7 p.m. game against the Maine Red Claws. The game will be nationally televised on CBS Sports Network.

Q: So many people in Delaware look up to you. How do you feel about returning to the Bob Carpenter Center, and representing the state?

A: It’s always great to come back to the Bob. If I can do any event and have it be at the Bob, it’s always exciting for me. The fans have always been incredible and I hope they come out to support the 87ers and also this function. I really hope they come out. The Bob has always been rocking, ever since I’ve known it, even in high school. I’m really glad the event is there. … Being born and raised in Delaware has just been awesome. I’ll always be a Delawarean at heart, no matter where my life takes me.

 

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Elena Delle Donne Special Olympics Global Ambassador Media Links

Elena recently became a Special Olympics Global Ambassador. Continue reading after the jump for several stories on the announcement from around the news world.

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Special honor for Elena Delle Donne

Elena Delle Donne already had been named an NCAA All-American, a WNBA rookie of the year and a WNBA All-Star. On Friday, she was named a Special Olympics global ambassador.

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Welcome to the Official Website of Elena Delle Donne.

Welcome to the Official Website of Elena Delle Donne.

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Drill of the Week

Watch as Elena Delle Donne, working out and getting ready for her rookie season in the WNBA.

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Player of the Week – Sierra

Name: Sierra

School: Torrey Pines

Hometown: San Diego, CA

Grade: 10th Grade

Sierra is a strong and fast 6’3 sophomore at Torrey Pines High School in San Diego. She plays on the San Diego Sol Elite club team.  This summer she traveled to Oregon, Seattle, Tennessee, and California playing in several tournaments averaging double doubles in the viewing tournament. She made the End of the Trail All Tournament team and has division 1 scholarships already offered to her.  During her freshman year at Torrey Pines she averaged 17 points, 15 rebounds, and 7 blocks per game.  Sierra plays with a “blue collar working style” and she practices several times a week with her club coach, Spatticus Harris to improve her game and get stronger.  She runs the floor fast and is an excellent shot blocker. Sierra plays well with her back to the basket, but her ball handling, outside jump shot, and ability to go coast to coast is what sets her apart from most girls her size. Sierra is passionate about basketball and loves the game.  Her favorite players are her mom, Elena Delle Donne, and Michael Jordon.  Her goal this year is to win a league championship with her Torrey Pines teammates.  Sierra is also a great student.  Her GPA is a 3.8 in honors curriculum, she was selected as a scholar athlete, and selected for the “I am Torrey Pines Leadership Award.”  When she isn’t playing basketball or at school she loves surfing in the ocean and being with her family and friends.

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De11e Donne Skills Academy

The De11e Donne Skills Academy will be touring the country this off-season putting on camps and clinics in various cities. The foucus of these camps is to help girls to improve their basketball skills while learning the importance of loving the game! For more information visit the Camps and Clinics tab on the home page and click the link below to read more.

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Steve Harvey Plays PIG

Steve Harvey Plays PIG with Elena Delle Donne.

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Delle Donne and Auriemma Reunited in Las Vegas

After making the decision to leave UCONN after just a few days back in 2008, Elena did not know if she would ever have the opportunity to play for Coach Geno Auriemma again. Now, five years later Elena and Geno have come together again at the USA basketball mini-camp in Las Vegas.

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Delle Donne Invited to USA Basketball Mini-Camp

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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Delle Donne Named Rookie of the Year

Throughout the season Delle Donne swept the rookie accolades winning Rookie of the Month for the months of June, July, August and September. Delle Donne received all of the votes Rookie of the Year making the decision unanimous. Click the link below to read the full story.

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In The Game with Robin Roberts

Elena had the chance to sit down and chat with Robin Roberts for a segment of Season 2 of In The Game with Robin Roberts. Robin and Elena discuss Elena’s family, her rookie season, and that path that she took to get to the WNBA. Click the link below to watch the full interview.

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Delle Donne Sweeps Rookie Awards

Rookie of the Month Sept.

NEW YORK, September 16, 2013 – Chicago Sky guard/forward Elena Delle

Donne has been named Rookie of the Month for games played in September, the WNBA announced today. This marks the fourth consecutive Rookie of the Month honor for Delle Donne, making her the second player (Tina Charles, 2010) to sweep the awards.

For September, Delle Donne led rookies in scoring (17.2 ppg), free-throw percentage (1.000, 26-for-26), minutes (33.6 mpg), and ranked second in rebounds (5.8 rpg) and blocks (1.8 bpg). The WNBA All-Star led her team to a 3-2 record for the month, which included a 70-68 win on Sept. 11, over the visiting Phoenix Mercury. Delle Donne’s 18 points included a buzzer-beater to give the Sky the win.

The Delaware native has helped the Sky to the best record in the East (24-10) and a franchise-first playoff berth. Delle Donne finished the season ranked first overall in three-throw percentage (.929, 157-for-169), fourth in points (18.1 ppg), and fifth in blocks (1.8 bpg). Delle Donne appeared in 30 games, scoring in double-digits in all but two.

Highlights of Delle Donne’s month included:
• Sept. 8 vs. Washington: 22 points on 8-for-8 shooting from the free-throw line in a 93-79 win
• Sept. 11 vs. Phoenix: 18 points including a buzzer-beater in a 70-68 win
• Sept. 13 vs. Atlanta: 18 points and eight rebounds in an 87-82 win

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No Time Like the Playoffs

When I hear the word “playoffs,” so many things come to mind. I am reminded of the postseason runs I made with previous teams, the unforgettable wins and the heartbreaking losses. As I remember these experiences and look ahead to the start of the WNBA playoffs, I remember why I love this sport so much.

I play basketball because I am a competitor. I have an undying will to win and I hate to lose. With all of this in mind, I can’t begin to explain the extent of my excitement for this postseason. I have the opportunity to compete with and against the best women’s basketball players in the world, who share this same love of competition.

The playoffs aren’t just a time of the year or a part of the basketball season. To me, the playoffs are a feeling, a time when the focus and intensity increase as the stakes also increase. Now, it’s a matter of winning and advancing, or losing and calling it an end to the season.

My first WNBA season has been nothing short of amazing. With that said, I am fully aware that I will never be able to have my rookie season back. I will never have another “first season,” and I am using this as fuel for the playoffs.

My team has experienced so many franchise milestones this year: the first winning season, the first playoff appearance, franchise attendance records, among other things. While my teammates and I are extremely proud of these accomplishments, we are far from satisfied. We are motivated by and aware of the fact that there is still work to be done. Honestly, I feel lucky to have so much more ahead for a few reasons.

First, and above all, is the obvious: I am in a position to compete for a WNBA championship title. As an athlete, this is the ultimate goal. But in addition to this obvious cause of my excitement, I also feel lucky that I am able to continue this season with my teammates and my coaches. When I was drafted to the Chicago Sky, I was immediately surrounded by the most supportive and motivating teammates and staff. Throughout this entire season, I have felt nothing but support from my team, and the playoffs are an opportunity to extend my time with these amazing people.

The playoffs are an opportunity to continue to compete for a championship with people who have become like family. There’s no time like playoff time. GO SKY!!

Until next time,

Elena

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Delle Donne Comes Through at Buzzer

Elena Delle Donne shined in the much anticipated match up between the first and second draft picks. This game was only the second matchup between the Phoenix Mercury and the Chicago Sky. While the Mercury led for a good part of the game, Elena hit a shot at the buzzer to lead her team to victory. Click the link below to watch highlights and read the full story.

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