Sunday, August 21, 2011

Delle Donne: the best of the best?

The United States' resounding 101-66 victory over Chinese Taipei in the World University Games gold medal contest left no doubt Team USA was the best team. But was Delaware's Elena Delle Donne the best player on the best team?

One could certainly make that case. The Blue Hens star helped finish off Chinese Taipei with a flourish, as she racked up 18 points and team highs of 11 rebounds and 8 assists in 30 minutes (also a team high). The double-double was her third in the six games. For the tournament, Delle Donne, who started every game, led the U.S. in scoring (15.7 ppg) and rebounding (8.5 rpg).

If nothing else, anyone that thought Delle Donne's Delaware numbers were in any way a product of playing in the mid-major CAA must now recognize that even when surrounded by several of the best college players in the country, this player belonged in the front row.

She may have even been at the head of the class.

World University Games results

Gold medal: United States 101, Chinese Taipei 66

Bronze: Australia 66, Sweden 56

5th place: Russia 71, Canada 52

7th place: Brazil 62, Finland 57

9th place: Czech Republic 93, China 68

11th place: Lithuania 80, Japan 66

13th place: Slovakia 69, Great Britain 56

15th place: Poland

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