Blue Hens Have Elena Delle Donne’s Back

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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.”



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8 thoughts on “Blue Hens Have Elena Delle Donne’s Back

  1. NoJon Wooden

    These kids sound like they are having fun. One would expect some team members to feel injured by all the attention EDD gets. But I suppose some hide it better than others.
    Having her back from a picture taker is one thing, having her back when she’s being pushed and prodded and tripped is quite another.

    I suppect Kentucky will run the Hens ragged and strip EDD or who ever takes the ball down court. Few teams are as quick, fast and athletic as the 10 or 12 on the UK team. It shall be interesting to see.

    I salute the Hens for making the sweet16–only ODU from the CAA has ever gotten this far. The CAA is really a Div 2 league by talent and exposure–but they have a lot of fun. Their gyms are like Old THS, small (2000 most) but with the bands and the cheering–it could be UCLA.
    It’s what college is all about–fun fun fun for the STUDENTS!!!

  2. Cliff

    We get a little different coverage here on the Left Coast, where I live, but…

    Did anyone else hear Elena Delle Donne swear under her breath after Delaware lost to Kentucky that,

    “I shoulda gone to UCONN!”

    or was it just me?


      Not even in jest. I saw a piece today with her and her sister and other challenged kids and the reality was/is that EDD needed to be where she was for the past five years. Now at 22/23 she is ready for the next step in her life. She is a classy young lady and UConn nation should just wish her well and get off the what if band wagon.

    2. Merry Anders

      I wasn’t a big EDD fan. The way she insisted on being in the game and make an amazing comeback to be within 2 in the final minutes, and the classy way she handled the post game interview–She’s a class act and a terrific player. I’d take her at number one in he WNBA, she will be a big time fan draw.

      My hat is off and I praise your efforts EDD.

  3. WBB Fan

    Honestly it is the media that keeps the EDD saga going – most fans got over it 5 years ago!

  4. Cliff

    Of course, there’s also nothing about the rumor concerning how crabby UCONN fans can be!

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