Womhoops Guru

Mel Greenberg covered college and professional women’s basketball for the Philadelphia Inquirer, where he worked for 40 plus 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," as well as induction into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in 2007.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Delle Donne Heads Back To Active Duty At Delaware

(Guru's note: Click this Philly D2-3 Link to read Tuesday coverage at a future extension site of the Guru empire. Permanent links will soon be part of the melgreenberg.com site. Click Mel's blog on the left to read the Delaware official announcement also follow a link to Wilmington News Journal sportswriter Kevin Tresolini, who spoke with the primary Blue Hens folks earlier in the day while the Guru was here in Philly for the game referenced above.)

By Mel Greenberg

For all the private whispers that had been going on in the Division I women's basketball community wondering whether Delaware star sophomore Elena Delle Donne had lost interest again in the sport she excels, the answer arrived in the negative Tuesday afternoon when the school announced the 2008 national high school player of the year was about to return to practice with the Blue Hens.

Furthermore, Delle Donne, who was both the Colonial Athletic Association rookie and player of the year in 2009-10 after having bypassed a season, might see limited action Sunday afternoon when the Blue Hens travel to Hofstra on Long Island for a key CAA game.

Delaware is currently tied with Drexel for fifth place in the CAA, both schools trailing by two games a group of Old Dominion, UNC Wilmington and James Madison, who are in first. Virginia Commonwealth is in second.

Following fears of recurring mononucleosis, which Delle Donne contracted her senior year at nearby Wilmington's Ursuline Academy, or a major back injury, it turns out that Delle Donne apparently had been hit with Lyme Disease, which she had suffered once before, according to her interview Tuesday with longtime Delaware beat writer Kevin Tresolini of the Wilmington News Journal.

Additionally, both Delle Donne and coach Tina Martin texted the Guru Tuesday night.

"I am not going to be myself for a good bit," Delle Donne said of attempting to recover from a disease that affects the joints and could lead to more serious effects in the body. It is usually caused by a bite from a deer tick.

"A lot of heaviness and pain in my legs I'm just gonna have to deal with."

Delle Donne was asked if she had seen the trick shot youtube video attraction on the internet involving her good friend and former Germantown Academy star Caroline Doty, who is missing this season at UConn recovering from a third knee injury.

She had not but planned to check it out.

Delle Donne did not comment on the recent transfer of freshman star Samarie Walker from UConn to Kentucky but was surprised to hear the first part of the story when she was made aware of it as it broke on Thursday.

Martin will use Delle Donne sparingly, but considering the tightness of the CAA race, basically any help at all to keep the Blue Hens in the thick of things is worth something. What Delaware would need is to gain one of the four byes in the CAA tournament, get the extra day of rest, and then hope Delle Donne can be enough of a force to make a three-day run.

As it is, the Blue Hens are 4-3 in conference play without her and nearly upset Old Dominion two weeks ago.

"She still does not feel the best, but she is going to try to help the team," Martin said. "We will take it day to day.

"Elena practiced today. She is not 100 percent but she is going to try to play. It is going to be a long process to recovery. It is going to take her time to try to get back in shape. She can help our team and I am hopeful that with each passing day she will feel better and better," Martin continued.

"We are substituting her in and out every few minutes. It is going to take time. She did some shooting and some 5 on 0 work. She scrimmaged half court and a little full court."

Delle Donne has not played since a Dec. 19 appearance at Penn State and had missed almost two games prior to the trip to Happy Valley before returning against Navy.

She had gotten off to a fast start early in the season and her 26.0 scoring average was the best in Division I until her absences cost her eligibility to be listed in the NCAA statistics. The top spot, ironically, comes from another school with a CAA star in JMU's Dawn Evans, who is also battling kidney disease.

The Dukes visit Philadelphia Thursday night to meet Drexel, whom they recently edged in overtime at home.

In late November, Delle Donne removed herself six minutes into the win over La Salle in town and afterwards Martin said her forward had been very fatigued and worried that potential recurring mononucleosis might be factor.

She was to undergo a series of tests. She then missed the home loss to defending Ivy champion Princeton but then played at Navy the following Sunday and with a two-week break in the schedule then played at Penn State.

However, several days later she sat out the home game with St. Joseph's and planned to undergo a series of tests to get a diagnosis.

Martin told the media if Delle Donne said she couldn't play, then it had to be accepted until a resolution could be found.

Soon the focus was on her back where it was suspected some nerve condition was affecting her stamina.

But after a battery of tests, the focus then moved on lyme disease.

With that known and considering that many persons would just shut themselves down to a slow recovery at least it is now known that Delle Donne's joints and bones are the problem but certainly not her heart.

-- Mel


Blogger ninest123 Ninest said...

ninest123 09.12
replica watches, uggs on sale, louboutin shoes, michael kors outlet, oakley sunglasses, oakley sunglasses, prada handbags, longchamp, tory burch outlet, polo ralph lauren outlet, louis vuitton outlet, louis vuitton outlet, nike outlet, michael kors outlet, oakley sunglasses, burberry, ray ban sunglasses, ray ban sunglasses, christian louboutin outlet, longchamp outlet, michael kors outlet, nike air max, nike free, ugg boots, louboutin outlet, jordan shoes, ugg boots, nike air max, polo ralph lauren outlet, tiffany jewelry, michael kors outlet, louis vuitton, michael kors outlet, louboutin, gucci outlet, burberry outlet online, longchamp outlet, ugg boots, louis vuitton, replica watches, ugg boots, prada outlet, michael kors, tiffany and co, louis vuitton

2:18 AM  
Blogger ninest123 Ninest said...

coach factory outlet, vanessa bruno, sac longchamp, timberland, hogan, chanel handbags, coach outlet, hollister, hollister pas cher, air max, north face, vans pas cher, oakley pas cher, ray ban uk, nike roshe run, coach outlet, michael kors, air jordan pas cher, tn pas cher, true religion jeans, hermes, new balance pas cher, longchamp pas cher, ralph lauren pas cher, michael kors, ray ban pas cher, michael kors, burberry, lacoste pas cher, lululemon, north face, michael kors, nike blazer, converse pas cher, kate spade outlet, nike air max, kate spade handbags, sac guess, louboutin pas cher, coach purses, nike free, true religion jeans, air force, true religion outlet, true religion jeans

2:20 AM  
Blogger ninest123 Ninest said...

babyliss, herve leger, mac cosmetics, abercrombie and fitch, nike roshe, ferragamo shoes, nike free run uk, p90x workout, bottega veneta, north face outlet, ralph lauren uk, wedding dresses, jimmy choo shoes, celine handbags, longchamp, ghd, soccer jerseys, hollister, mcm handbags, nike air max, north face outlet, insanity workout, baseball bats, mulberry, nike roshe, asics running shoes, nfl jerseys, new balance, nike trainers, lululemon, giuseppe zanotti, nike air max, vans shoes, hollister, reebok shoes, mont blanc, birkin bag, beats by dre, abercrombie and fitch, soccer shoes, chi flat iron, instyler, nike air max, valentino shoes, nike huarache

2:24 AM  
Blogger ninest123 Ninest said...

coach outlet, swarovski, wedding dresses, timberland boots, doke gabbana outlet, oakley, michael kors outlet, toms shoes, pandora jewelry, ugg,ugg australia,ugg italia, ugg boots uk, lancel, pandora charms, vans, marc jacobs, louboutin, michael kors outlet online, louis vuitton, swarovski crystal, montre pas cher, juicy couture outlet, gucci, pandora jewelry, ugg pas cher, converse, converse outlet, michael kors handbags, louis vuitton, iphone 6 cases, sac louis vuitton pas cher, ralph lauren, louis vuitton, juicy couture outlet, pandora charms, karen millen, links of london, replica watches, hollister, ugg,uggs,uggs canada, bottes ugg, nike air max, supra shoes, thomas sabo, louis vuitton, ray ban, hollister
ninest123 09.12

2:26 AM  
Blogger Zheng junxai5 said...

2015-10-15 zhengjx
ugg boots
ugg boots
Ray Ban Sunglasses Outlet Store Online
coach factory outlet
toms outlet
coach factory outlet online
Abercrombie & Fitch Clothing With Big Discount
Cheap Jordan 13 Shoes For Sale Free Shipping
Ugg Boots,Ugg Boots Outlet,Ugg Outlet,Cheap Uggs,Uggs On Sale,Ugg Boots Clearance,Uggs For Women
Louis Vuitton Outlet Handbags Pursers In USA
michael kors handbags
ugg boots sale
ralph lauren
louis vuitton
Kobe Shoes,Kobe 9,Kobe 8 Discount
Mont Blanc Pens For Sale
Cheap Michael Kors Handbags On Sale
Christian Louboutin Outlet For Women
Cheap Louis Vuitton Handbags Luggage Bags Sale
michael kors outlet
abercrombie & fitch
coach outlet store online
Louis Vuitton Outlet Authentic Handbags Discount
Hollister UK Clothing Store
canada goose
michale kors outlet
Christian Louboutin Shoes Outlet Sale Cheap Price
Canada Goose,Canada Goose Outlet,Canada Goose Jackets,Canada Goose Sale
Cheap Jordans Shoes For Sale

8:55 PM  
Blogger mmjiaxin said...

Michael Kors Outlet Online
michael kors outlet online
michael kors handbags
tiffany jewelry
michael kors outlet
mlb jerseys authentic
air jordan retro
kobe shoes
fitflop shoes
true religion jeans wholesale
Cheap Jordans For Sale
fitflop sandals
toms outlet
michael kors factory outlet
jordan retro
cheap air jordan
cheap jordans
fitflops outlet

9:47 PM  
Blogger roba. gad3 said...


6:43 PM  
Blogger نقل العفش said...

I really enjoyed reading this post, big fan. Keep up the good work andplease tell me when can you publish more articles or where can I read more on the subject?
شركة نقل الاثاث ابيات وهي من افضل الشركات التي تقدم خدمة نقل العفش في السعودية وبالتحديد في الدمام والخبر
نقل عفش بالدمام
شركة نقل اثاث بالدمام
شركة نقل عفش بالدمام
شركة نقل اثاث بالخبر
فلا تتردد بالاتصال لنقل العفش والاثاث في ابيات افضل شركة نقل الاثاث في الاحساء والخبر والدمام
ميز ارخص شركة نقل اثاث بالدمام كما ذكرنا بالاعلي باننا في المركز السعودي الخدمي بالدمام والخبر ونكون فى غاية السعادة عندما بخدمتكم دائما وفي المقابل نسعي للتميز حتي نكسب ثقتكم فالجميع يسعي دائما للتعاقد مع افضل وارخص شركة نقل اثاث بالدمام وهذا هو هدفنا ان نكون الافضل دائما من ناحية جودة الخدمات و الاسعار ايضا فاننا نقدم اليكم خدمات نقل جميع محتويات المنزل
نقل اثاث بالدمام

2:05 AM  
Blogger rehabgad1 said...

Good write-up. I definitely love this site. Keep it up

11:38 AM  

Post a Comment

<< Home