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2012-13 WBB Preseason Capsule #1: Delaware & Drexel

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          Release: 10/05/2012
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Head Coach: Tina Martin
2011-12 Record: 31-2/18-0 CAA

Starters Returning (5):
Elena Delle Donne, G/F --- 28.1 ppg, 10.3 rpg
Lauren Carra, G --- 10.2 ppg, 3.9 rpg
Danielle Parker, F --- 8.6 ppg, 7.5 rpg
Trumae Lucas, G --- 6.8 ppg, 3.4 apg
Akeema Richards, G --- 6.2 ppg, 4.4 rpg

Top Returnee:               
Kayla Miller, G --- 0.9 ppg, 2.3 apg

Quick Hits:
Delaware is coming off its best season in school history after capturing its first CAA title, advancing to the second round of the NCAA Tournament and setting a school record with 31 wins. The Blue Hens were ranked in at least one of the major polls last year for 17 weeks, finishing the season ranked #7 in the AP Poll and #14 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll. Senior All-America forward Elena Delle Donne led the nation in scoring with 28.1 points per game, while collecting her third CAA straight All-CAA first team honor and second CAA Player of the Year accolade.  The Blue Hens were ranked the number one team in the nation in free-throw shooting percentage (.805) led by Delle Donne (.889), who ranked eighth nationally.

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Head Coach:
Denise Dillon
2011-12 Record: 19-14/12-6 CAA

Starters Returning (2):        
Hollie Mershon, G/F --- 14.5 ppg, 5.2 rpg
Taylor Wootton, F --- 7.2 ppg, 3.7 rpg

Other Top Returnees:             
Fiona Flanagan, G --- 4.1 ppg, 2.4 rpg
Nicole Jones, F --- 1.9 ppg, 1.4 rpg

Quick Hits:
Drexel will look to continue the momentum from last season's 19-14 run in which the Dragons advanced to the second round of the WNIT. The Dragons made its third straight WNIT appearance and fourth consecutive postseason berth in 2011-12. All-CAA second team selection Hollie Mershon returns for the Dragons as DU's leading scorer after ranking ninth in the league averaging 14.5 points per game. Denise Dillon's squad ranked seventh nationally averaging just 12.7 turnovers per game and Mershon is one of the top-5 returning CAA players in assist/turnover ratio (1.1). Wootton shot a team-best 86.1 percent from the free-throw line and ranked second on the team with 15 blocked shots.   

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