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Elena Delle Donne's Bio

About Elena Delle Donne

Career Highlights

  • Named the 2015 WNBA MVP
  • Received the Dawn Staley Community Leadership Award two years in a row (2014, 2015)
  • Three-time WNBA All-Star starter (2013, 2014, 2015)
  • Averaged career-bests 23.4 ppg, 8.4 rpg and 2.0 bpg in 2015
  • Received the WNBA Cares Community Assist Award in July 2015
  • Recorded career-high 45 points, including a career-best 19-19 from the free throw line, and career-high six blocks against Atlanta on June 24
  • Voted All-WNBA Second Team (2014) and All-WNBA First Team (2015)
  • Scored a season-high 32 points in an overtime win vs. Minnesota on August 11th, setting the Sky franchise record for most points by a rookie in a single game
  • Set a Sky franchise record for most free throws made in a season by a rookie (97)
  • Awarded the WNBA Rookie of the Month four times in 2013 (June, July, August and September) and was named the 2013 WNBA Rookie of the Year

WNBA Career

2017 Regular Season Highlights

Started in 25 out of 25 games played…led team in minutes per game (30.3)…also led team in points per game (19.7)…scored 10+ points in 10 games and 20+ points in 13 games…scored a season high 37 points against Seattle on 9/1, including setting a career high in three-pointers made (6)…second on team in rebounds per game (6.8), including a career high 16 boards against Connecticut on 8/29…recorded five double-doubles…averaged 1.4 blocks per game…averaged careers highs in free throw percentage (.953) and field goal percentage (.494)…

2016 Regular Season Highlights

Started in 28 out of 28 games played…led team in points per game (21.5), tied with

Tina Charles for first in the league…led team in minutes per game (33.1), fourth in the league…scored 10+ points in 26 games and 20+ points in 14 games…recorded three double-doubles…led team in points in 19 contests…led the team in rebounds per game (7.0), ranked 11th in the league…ranked fifth in the league for blocks per game (1.5)…averaged career highs in field goal percentage (48.5) and assists per

game (1.9)…recorded a career in field goals made (14) against Seattle on 7/17…averaged .485 in field goals, .426 from three-point range (third in the league) and .935 from the free throw line (second in the league)…scored 601 total points this season, ranking sixth among the league…

2015 Regular Season Highlights

Was named the 2015 WNBA Most Valuable Player…Started in all 31 games played…Averaged a league-best 23.4 points per game and 8.4 rebounds per game…Led the WNBA in free throw percentage (.950)…Recorded the highest player efficiency rating in the WNBA (35.750)…Tallied 31 points, eight rebounds and four blocks in first game of the season…Scored 40 points and grabbed nine rebounds versus Tulsa (6/6)…Logged career-highs 45 points and six blocks against Atlanta (6/24)…Broke a WNBA record she set in 2014 for most free throws made in a game without a miss with 19 (6/24)…Named Eastern Conference Player of the Week five times…Earned Eastern Conference Player of the Month Award in June…Recorded 10 double-doubles…Scored more than 30 points in four games…Ranked third in blocks per game (2.06) and in rebounds per game…Scored 33 points and grabbed eight rebounds versus Phoenix (8/9)… Scored her 1500th career point against Seattle (9/6)…Broke franchise records in most consecutive free throws made without a miss (54) and most free throws attempted in a single season (218)…Finished the season as the Sky’s all-time single season scoring leader with 725 points.. Became the sixth player in WNBA history to make 200 free throws in a season…Top player in the league to make more than 200 free throws (207) with the least amount of misses (11)…Became only the fifth player in WNBA history to score 40+ points in two or more games in her career…Is the fourth player in WNBA history with two games of 40 or more points in the same season…Shattered the WNBA mark for most points through the first seven games of a season with a total of 221 points…Received the most All-Star votes in the Eastern Conference for the second consecutive season and the most of all players for the second time in three years…Was named to the All-WNBA First Team…Awarded the WNBA Cares Community Assist Award in July…

2014 Regular Season Highlights

Averaged 17.9 points and 4.0 rebounds per game while posting a .933 free throw percentage…Played in 16 regular season games due to the effects of Lyme Disease, but returned to play in all nine playoff games…2014 WNBA All-Star selection, second of career… Scored 20-plus points in four straight games to open the 2014 season…Named the WNBA’s Eastern Conference Player of the Week for May 16 through May 25… Named WNBA Eastern Conference Player of the Month in May…Set career-high 16 rebounds against Los Angeles (6/6)…Set the WNBA record for the most free throws made without a miss in a single game with 16 (6/6)…Finished second in WNBA in FT percentage at .933 (minimum two free throws attempted per game).

2013 Regular Season Highlights

Named 2013 Rookie of the Year…Started in 31 games…Had the best debut for a Sky rookie in franchise history recording 22 points, eight rebounds and four blocks, putting her third in WNBA history in points scored in a rookie debut…Recorded her first career double-double against Seattle with 12 points and 12 rebounds (7/2)… She was named WNBA Eastern Conference Player of the Week for June 24 through June 30 and July 1 through July 7…Was named WNBA Rookie of the Month in June, July, August and September… Became the first rookie in WNBA history to win the All-Star vote…Set a franchise record with 97 free throws made as a rookie…She set a franchise record for most blocks in a rookie season (54)…Scored 20+ points 13 times, which tied her for sixth all-time WNBA rookies…Finished the season with the second-highest free throw percentage (.929).

Playoffs

2017 Highlights

Started in all five playoff contests…averaged 20 points per game and scored in double digits in all five games…posted two double-doubles, scoring 25 points along with 11 rebounds in their first round single elimination victory over Dallas on 9/6 and 19 points along with 10 rebounds in their second round single elimination victory over New York on 9/10…averaged 8.0 rebounds per game…

2015 Highlights

Recorded a double-double 14 points and 11 rebounds in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals (9/17)…Set the franchise record for most points scored in a playoff game and playoff career high with 40 points against Indiana (9/21)…Connected on 15-of-22 shots from the field versus Indiana (9/21)…Averaged 21.7 points and 6.3 rebounds during the postseason.

2014 Highlights

Averaged 16.8 points in the playoffs…Made 9-of-16 field goals and scored 21 points against Atlanta in Game 1 (8/22)…Went a perfect 22-for-22 from the free throw line in Games 2 and 3 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals against Atlanta…Scored 34 points at Atlanta, including 17 in the 4th quarter, to lead the Sky to a Game 3 win in the Eastern Conference Semifinals (8/26)…Recorded 22 points in 28 minutes versus Phoenix in Game 2 of the WNBA Finals (9/9).

2013 Highlights

Averaged 15.0 points in two games…Scored 20 points in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals (9/20)…Connected on 8-of-8 free throws (9/20)…

College

Attended University of Delaware…Consensus First Team All-American and National Player of the Year candidate in her junior and senior seasons…First UD player to be named an All-American…2013 recipient of Senior CLASS Award and Honda Award…Four-time All-CAA First Team selection…Three-time CAA Player of the Year…UD’s all-time leading scorer for men’s and women’s basketball…Also, school leader in field goals made, three point field goal percentage, and blocks…Averaged 26 points (2nd in nation) and 8.5 rebounds per game as a senior…Led the nation in scoring with 28.1 points per game as a junior…Scored 54 points against James Madison on February 18, 2010 the highest point total of any player in women’s college basketball that season…In the 2013 NCAA tournament, she became ninth player in women’s NCAA history to score over 3,000 career points…Second fastest to reach 1,000 points in NCAA history (38 games)…3,039 career points are fifth most in women’s NCAA history.

Personal

Born September 5, 1989 in Wilmington, Delaware…Daughter of Ernest and Joan Delle Donne…Has an older brother, Gene, and sister, Lizzie…Attended high school at Ursuline Academy where she was three-time Gatorade Player of Year in state of Delaware.

Career Transactions

Signed by the Washington Mystics on February 1, 2017…Selected in the first round (2nd overall) in the 2013 WNBA Draft by Chicago…

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