ST. LOUIS (USBWA) The U.S. Basketball Writers Association
has selected Delaware guard/forward Elena Delle Donne as its
Women's National Player of the Week for games ending the week
of Sunday, Jan. 8. The USBWA's weekly honor will be handed out
each Tuesday through Feb. 21 this season.
As the Colonial Athletic Association Co-Player of the Week,
Delle Donne was nominated for the weekly award, which was chosen
by a representative of the USBWA board of directors from a list
of Division I conference players of the week.
Delle Donne, a 6-5 junior from Wilmington, Del., averaged
38.5 points in two CAA wins at home over Towson and on the road
at George Mason, scoring 37 and 40 points, respectively, while
grabbing 15 rebounds in the win at George Mason.
She is the nations leading scorer with a 30.3 average, has a
10.2 rebounding average, and has led Delaware (12-1) to its
first national ranking this season and best start in school
history. Now totaling 1,725 points Delle Donne last week became
the Blue Hens all-time scorer in just 63 games. Cindy Johnsons
previous mark of 1,675 points took 113 games to set.
This is the first season that the USBWA has selected a women's
national player of the week. The weekly national player of the week
is added to the award's watch list, which will be released at mid-season.
Since the 1987-88 season, the USBWA has named a National Player
of the Year. At the conclusion of the regular season, the USBWA
will name finalists for the award, which is voted on by the entire
membership of the USBWA. The winner of the 2012 National Player
of the Year will be announced and presented at the USBWA's annual
awards breakfast in Denver, site of the 2012 NCAA Women's Final
The U.S. Basketball Writers Association was formed in
1956 at the urging of then-NCAA Executive Director Walter Byers.
With some 900 members worldwide, it is one of the most influential
organizations in college basketball. It has selected a women's All-America
team since the 1996-97 season. For more information on the USBWA
and its award programs, contact executive director Joe Mitch at
2011-12 USBWA Women's National Players of the Week
Week of Dec. 11: A'dia Mathies, Kentucky (Southeastern
Week of Dec. 18: Brittney Griner, Baylor (Big 12
Week of Dec. 25: Nnemkadi Ogwumike, Stanford (Pac-12
Week of Jan. 1: Sugar Rodgers, Georgetown (Big East
Week of Jan. 8: Elena Delle Donne, Delaware (Colonial
Week of Jan. 15: Brittany Rayburn, Purdue (Big Ten
Week of Jan. 22: Jessica Jenkins, St. Bonaventure
(Atlantic 10 Conference)
Week of Jan. 29: Tiffany Hayes, Connecticut (Big
Week of Feb. 5: Markeshia Grant, South Carolina
Week of Feb. 12: Tianna Hawkins, Maryland (Atlantic
Week of Feb. 19: Shey Peddy, Temple (Atlantic 10