• As of October 21, 2016.

USA Basketball Notes:

  • Gold Medals: 2016 Olympics, 2011 World University Games.
  • Captured her first Olympic gold medal in 2016, averaged 8.6 ppg. in aiding the U.S. to a perfect 8-0 record; averaged 13.0 ppg. as the USA earned a 4-0 slate in pre-Olympic exhibition play.
  • Competed in her first games as a member of the USA National Team during its 2015 European Tour. Started three of four games and averaged a team second-best 13.8 ppg. in helping the USA to a 4-0 record.
  • Was invited to participate in the 2014 USA World Championship Team training camp, but was unable to attend after helping lead the Chicago Sky to the WNBA Finals.
  • Participated in her first USA National Team training camp during the USA’s Oct. 2013 mini-camp in Las Vegas. 
  • Member of the 2011 USA World University Games Team that finished with a 6-0 record and claimed gold in Shenzhen, China; averaged 15.7 ppg. and 8.5 rpg. to lead the USA in scoring and rebounding. 
  • Named to the 2007 USA U19 World Championship Team, but withdrew for personal reasons.
  • Attended the 2006 USA U18 National Team Trials, but was injured and unable to participate. 

Professional Notes:

  • Drafted: No. 2 by the Chicago Sky in 2013, traded to the Washington Mystics on Feb. 2, 2017.
  • WNBA MVP: 2015.
  • All-WNBA first team: 2015, 2016.
  • All-WNBA second team: 2013.
  • WNBA All-Star Games: 2013 (injured), 2014 (illness), 2015.
  • WNBA Rookie of the Year & All-Rookie Team: 2013.
  • Signed to play for the Shanxi Flame in the 2017 WCBA (China) playoffs, but returned before competing after a flare-up of Lyme disease.
  • In 2016 aided the Chicago Sky to a league fourth-best 18-16 record and the WNBA semifinals.
  • Helped the Sky to a 21-13 record in 2015 and the WNBA Eastern Conference semifinals.
  • Missed part of the 2014 season due to being sidelined by Lyme Disease, competed in 16 games and averaged 17.9 ppg. and 4.0 rpg. in helping the Sky to a 15-19 record and the Eastern Conference finals.
  • Aided the Sky in 2013 to a 24-10 mark, its best record in franchise history, the Eastern Conference regular season title and the Sky’s first playoff berth; averaged a league fourth-best 18.1 ppg., as well as 5.6 rpg., 1.8 apg. and 1.8 bpg. 
  • Was the leading vote-getter for the 2013 WNBA All-Star Game, but was injured and unable to compete.
  • Swept all 2013 WNBA Rookie of the Month honors. 
  • Has opted to train and conduct youth clinics in the United States in the WNBA offseasons.

College Notes:

  • During her four years, helped lead Delaware to a 104-32 record (.765), the 2013 NCAA Sweet Sixteen, 2012 NCAA second round, a pair of WNITs, two Colonial Athletic Association regular season titles and two CAA tournament crowns. 
  • Senior C.L.A.S.S. Award and Honda Award (2013).
  • WBCA, Associated Press, USBWA and John R. Wooden Award All-American first team (2013).
  • Naismith Award finalist (2013).
  • Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-American of the Year and CAA Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year (2013).
  • Philadelphia Sports Writers Association Outstanding Amateur Athlete of the Year (2013)
  • CAA Player of the Year (2011, 2012, 2013).
  • All-CAA first team (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013).
  • CAA All-Tournament Team (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013) and MVP (2013).
  • Delaware Sportswriters and Broadcasters Association John J. Brady Athlete of the Year (2011).
  • CAA All-Defensive Team (2010).
  • CAA All-Rookie Team (2010).
  • Became ninth player in women’s NCAA history to score more than 3,000 career points and her 3,039 career points ranks fifth-best among all-time NCAA scoring leaders.
  • Spent her freshman season playing volleyball at Delaware.

Personal Notes:

  • Hails from Wilmington, Delaware; daughter of Ernest and Joan Delle Donne, has an older sister, Elizabeth (Lizzie), and an older brother, Gene.
  • Engaged to Amanda Clifton.
  • Early childhood education major at Delaware with a focus in special education and earned her bachelor’s degree in human services.
  • If she was not a professional basketball player, Delle Donne would be a special education teacher.
  • Collects shoes, especially retro Jordans.
  • Has a pair of dogs, a Great Dane named Wrigley and a rescued Lab mix named Rasta.
  • Favorite musician is Katy Perry.
  • Enjoys watching How to Get Away with Murder, American Dad, Scandal and Homeland.
  • Her father played basketball and golf at Columbia, and her brother played football at Duke.
  • Missed 12 games as a sophomore after being diagnosed with Lyme Disease.
  • Is an ambassador for Lyme Research Alliance.
  • As a Special Olympics Global Ambassador since 2014, Delle Donne works alongside the organization to advance opportunities for those with intellectual disabilities worldwide.
  • Her sister was born deaf and blind, has cerebral palsy and autism, and is an inspiration to Elena. They communicate through tactile sign language, often referred to as hand-over-hand sign language, as well as through the sense of touch and smell.
  • Michael Jordan has had the most influence on Delle Donne in the sport of basketball.
  • Is a fan of the Dallas Cowboys.
  • Also enjoys playing golf.
  • She has a tattoo of angel wings with her sister Lizzie inside of them. “It keeps me grounded, and anytime I'm going through a struggle, it's a reminder that anything I'm going through is nothing compared to what my sister has been through. It helps me keep my perspective.”

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USA Basketball Statistics

TEAM G/S FGM-FGA PCT 3PM-3PA PCT FTM-FTA PCT REB/AVG PTS/AVG AST BLK STL
2016 OLY 7/0 20- 40 .500 5- 15 .333 15- 17 .882 23/ 3.3 60/ 8.6 19 4 3
2016 OLYx 4/1 20- 32 .625 3- 8 .375 9- 9 1.000 12/ 3.0 53/ 13.0 2 4 0
2015 WNT 4/3 23- 47 .489 3- 11 .273 6- 8 .750 18/ 4.5 55/ 13.8 9 2 3
2011 WUG 6/6 37- 82 .451 11- 25 .440 9- 12 .750 51/ 8.5 94/ 15.7 18 5 3
Totals 21/10 100-201 .498 22- 59 .373 39- 46 .848 104/5.0 262/12.5 48 15 9

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