Elena Delle Donne’s teammates have embraced her during her career and have done the best they can to enjoy the media attention she generates wherever she goes.
But the Blue Hens also do their best to watch her back.
“I don’t know if it’s been like watching a movie, but if it is I’ve been trying to get my 15 minutes of fame,” Delaware senior Danielle Parker said smiling. “It’s been cool, it’s been amazing. But sometime I just want to shelter Elena from stuff. I’m like her body guard. But as long as she is comfortable, we are comfortable. The ride we’ve had together [there are seven seniors on the Blue Hens] has been amazing. You couldn’t ask for more. This is everything we have wanted, making the Sweet 16 and helping the university make some history.”
Delaware guard Trumae Lucas, a transfer from Florida, agrees with Parker
“We’ve all taken on a second job as [Delle Donne’s] body guard,” Lucas said. “We’ll be sitting at dinner and one of us will see someone out of the corner of our eye about to take her picture. So we just warn her.”
Lucas has a large tattoo on her left upper arm that is hard to ignore.
“It’s a $21 bill with my face in the middle of it,” Lucas said. “Underneath there is the sky. So I guess you can call it somewhat symbolic – the sky is the limit.”