Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Delle Donne to miss Virginia Tech tourney

The Delaware News-Journal's Kevin Tresolini reports that Delaware star Elena Delle Donne did not accompany the Blue Hens to Blacksburg and will miss Virginia Tech's Hilton Garden Classic beginning Wednesday at Cassell Coliseum. Delle Donne has been hampered by back trouble and apparently a viral infection of late, although specific information concerning her condition has been sketchy. Ernie Delle Donne, Elena's father, told Tresolini that the university would make a more detailed announcement later this week after Elena has been examined by the UD medical staff.

This news is a blow not just to Delaware but also Virginia Tech, as Delle Donne figured to be something of a draw to the Hokies' tournament. Even with her ailments, Delle Donne is averaging 26.0 points per game this season, second among all Division I players to James Madison's Dawn Evans. Evans and Delle Donne shared preseason CAA Player of the Year honors.

The Blue Hens (6-3, 0-2 without Delle Donne) will open in the Classic against Vanderbilt (8-3) Wednesday at 5 p.m.. In the 7 p.m. nightcap, the Hokies (7-4) will host Alcorn State (1-6).

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