Sunday, November 29, 2009

Delle Donne down

Delaware coach Tina Martin is kicking herself for leaving star freshman Elena Delle Donne on the floor Saturday night against Houston with less than four minutes remaining and the Blue Hens up 27. Delle Donne suffered an ankle injury and is expected to be out at least a week.

"I take full responsibility for it," Martin told the Delaware News Journal. "I should have taken her out at least a minute or two earlier."

Delle Donne leads the Blue Hens in scoring (25.0), rebounding (9.0), assists and steals and had 21 points and 10 boards against Houston before going down.

Her absence was clearly felt the following day, when the Blue Hens missed 23 of 27 first-half shots en route to a 67-44 loss to Colorado State in the final of Coors Rocky Mountain Invitational.

"We were just missing easy shots," Delaware's Lauren Carra said. "It might have been nerves. I'm not sure exactly what it was."

We have a pretty good idea.

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