Monday, August 15, 2011

The Buchan-Delle Donne World University Games report

Elena Delle Donne
The Old Dominion duo of Mairi Buchan and Becca Allison each got on the scoreboard, but it wasn't enough in Great Britain's 68-55 loss to Brazil in World University Games pool play Monday in Shenzhen, China. Buchan, who started, had 4 points on 2-of-4 shooting (and 5 turnovers) in 14-plus minutes; Allison made her only field goal attempt and scored 2 points and added 2 assists in 6 minutes as a reserve. Neither Buchan nor Allison scored in Great Britain's WUG opener, a 64-51 win over Slovakia.

Meanwhile, Elena Delle Donne and her U.S. teammates continued rolling through pool play, waxing Slovakia 114-68. Team USA opened the event Sunday with a 112-53 pasting of Brazil that Delle Donne led with a team-high 17 points. Against Slovakia, Delle Donne, who has started both games, posted a double-double (10 points, a game-high 10 rebounds) and was one of six U.S. players in double figures. The Blue Hens star's points came in somewhat unusual fashion - she made 3 of 4 3-pointers but missed all 6 of her 2-pointers. Most surprising of all: Delle Donne made just 1 of 2 free throws. She shot a ridiculous 94.4 from the line for the Blue Hens last season.

Click here to watch Delle Donne's video diary of her adventures in China.

Buchan, Allison and Great Britain will try their luck against the U.S., which if we understand the time difference correctly with go off at 6 a.m. Tuesday.


  1. Who did the UK lose the 68-55 game? You did not mention the country team.



  2. Thanks for pointing that out. Great Britain lost to Brazil, the same team the U.S. beat by 59 on Sunday.