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Delaware's Delle Donne Earns Third CAA Player of the Year Honor in 2013

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          Release: 03/13/2013
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NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. (March 13, 2013) - Delaware senior guard/forward Elena Delle Donne was honored as the 2013 Colonial Athletic Association women's basketball Player of the Year in voting by the league's head coaches. The announcement was made Wednesday evening at the CAA's pre-tournament banquet in National Harbor, Md.

Also receiving top honors were Northeastern's Daynia La-Force as CAA Coach of the Year, Hofstra's Candace Bond as Defensive Player of the Year and James Madison's Precious Hall as CAA Rookie of the Year. Drexel's Hollie Mershon was chosen as the recipient of the Dean Ehlers Leadership Award.

Delle Donne earns the third CAA Player of the Year honor of her career, joining Old Dominion's Lucienne Berthieu and Celeste Hill as the only other players to receive the conference's top award three times in their careers. The senior guard/forward ranks second in the nation in scoring with 25.5 points per game and third in free throw percentage at 92.3 percent per game. Delle Donne also leads the league in three-point field goal percentage (48.4%), ranks second in blocks (2.4 bpg) and seventh in rebounding (8.4 rpg). The senior holds four CAA all-time records, including points (2,870), field goals made (970), free throws made (730), and blocked shots (262).

La-Force guided Northeastern to a 17-12 overall record and a 10-8 conference mark in her fifth season at the helm of the Huskies. She helped NU achieve their best season since the 1999-2000 campaign and the 17 wins are the most wins in her tenure at Northeastern. La-Force also guided the Huskies to a school-record 11 wins at home this season, while their 10 CAA victories is the best since Northeastern joined the conference in 2005-06.

Bond, a senior forward, ranked among the top four in the league in steals for the third year in a row. This season she led the Pride and ranked second in the CAA with 2.6 steals per game and helped Hofstra rank third in steals per game. Bond finished the regular season with a team-high 27 blocked shots. She is the first Hofstra player to earn Defensive Player of the Year honors.

Hall led all of the conference's freshmen in scoring this season with 9.6 points per game. She started the final 21 games of the regular season for James Madison and ranked fourth in the league in free-throw percentage (.863). The freshman guard contributed 51 assists and 38 steals during her rookie campaign. Hall is the Dukes' the first Rookie of the Year recipient since 2003-04 and their sixth overall.

Mershon is the recipient of the Dean Ehlers Leadership award, which is presented annually to the women's basketball student-athlete who "embodies the highest standards of leadership, integrity, and sportsmanship in conjunction with her academic athletic achievement." Mershon, a senior guard, started all 29 games this season and ranks second in the CAA with 19.4 points per game. She also leads her team in rebounds (6.2 rpg), assists (4.3 apg) and steals (39).

Joining Delle Donne and Mershon on the All-CAA first team were junior guard Kirby Burkholder and senior guard Tarik Hislop of James Madison, and Hofstra senior forward Shante Evans.

Burkholder ranked eighth in the league in scoring (14.8 ppg) and third in rebounding (8.9 rpg). Hislop led the Dukes with 16.6 points and 3.4 assists per game. Evans is the CAA's all-time leading rebounder with 1,331 career boards and averaged a double-double to lead the Pride with 16.7 points and 11.7 rebounds per contest.

 

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2013 CAA PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Elena Delle Donne, Delaware
2013 CAA COACH OF THE YEAR: Daynia La-Force, Northeastern
2013 CAA ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: Precious Hall, James Madison
2013 CAA DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Candace Bond, Hofstra
2013 DEAN EHLERS LEADERSHIP AWARDS: Hollie Mershon, Drexel

 

ALL-CAA FIRST TEAM

Cl.

Pos.

Ht.

Hometown/Previous School

Kirby Burkholder, James Madison

Jr.

G

6-0

Bridgewater, Va./Turner Ashby

Elena Delle Donne, Delaware

Sr.

G/F

6-5

Wilmington, Del./Ursuline Academy

Shante Evans, Hofstra

Sr.

F

6-0

West Chester, Pa./Henderson

Tarik Hislop, James Madison

Sr.

G

5-7

Silver Spring, Md./Paint Branch

Hollie Mershon, Drexel

Sr.

G

5-10

Malvern, Pa./Archbishop Carroll

 

 

 

 

 

ALL-CAA SECOND TEAM

Cl.

Pos.

Ht.

Hometown/Previous School

Lauren Carra, Delaware

Sr.

G

5-9

Dunmore, Pa./Dunmore

Emily Correal, William & Mary

Sr.

F

6-3

Venetia, Pa/Peters Township

Shae Kelley, Old Dominion

So.

F

6-1

Denver, Colo./Denver East/Northwest Florida State College

Deanna Kerkhof, Northeastern

Sr.

G

5-11

Wallaceburg, Ontario/Ursuline College

Tanisha McTiller, Towson

Jr.

G

5-7

Chicago, Ill./Lincoln Park

 

 

 

 

 

ALL-CAA THIRD TEAM

Cl.

Pos.

Ht.

Hometown/Previous School

Janine Aldridge, William & Mary

Sr.

G

5-11

Massapequa, N.Y./Massapequa

Kashaia Cannon, Northeastern

Sr.

G

5-8

Providence, R.I./Bay View

Jackie Cook, Old Dominion

Sr.

G

6-0

Hinckley, Ohio/Regina

Karneshia Garrett, UNCW

Sr.

F

6-2

Hoover, Ala./Hoover/Pensacola Junior College

Jewel Tunstull, Northeastern

Jr.

C

6-3

Brooklyn, N.Y./Midwood

Taylor Wootton, Drexel

Sr.

F

6-1

Rutherford, N.J./ Rutherford

ALL-ROOKIE TEAM

Cl.

Pos.

Ht.

Hometown/Previous School

Meghan Creighton, Drexel

Fr.

G

5-7

West Chester, Pa./Archbishop Carroll

Galaisha Goodhope, Old Dominion

Fr.

G

5-5

Norfolk, Va./Princess Anne

Jazmon Gwathmey, James Madison

Fr.

G

6-2

Bealeton, Va./Liberty

Precious Hall, James Madison

Fr.

G

5-8

Tallahassee, Fla./Maclay School

Dominique Johnson, Towson

Fr.

G

5-6

Laurel, Md./Riverdale Baptist

 

 

 

 

 

ALL-DEFENSIVE TEAM

Cl.

Pos.

Ht.

Hometown/Previous School

Janine Aldridge, William & Mary

Sr.

G

5-11

Massapequa, N.Y./Massapequa

Candace Bond, Hofstra

Sr.

F

5-10

Fort Washington, Md./Riverdale Baptist

Elena Delle Donne, Delaware

Sr.

G/F

6-5

Wilmington, Del./Ursuline Academy

Shae Kelley, Old Dominion

So.

F

6-1

Denver, Colo./Denver East/Northwest Florida State College

Cody Paulk, Georgia State

Sr.

F/C

6-3

Gadsden, Ala./Gadsden City

ALL-ACADEMIC FIRST TEAM

Cl.

Pos.

Ht.

Hometown/Previous School

Mairi Buchan, Old Dominion

Sr.

C

6-2

Stirlingshire, Scotland/Denny

Elena Delle Donne, Delaware

Sr.

F/G

6-5

Wilmington, Del./Ursuline Academy

Deanna Kerkhof, Northeastern

Sr.

G

5-11

Wallaceburg, Ontario/Ursuline College

Jaclyn McKenna, William & Mary

Sr.

C

6-3

Huntington, N.Y./Elwood-John Glenn

Joyous Tharrington, George Mason

Sr.

F

5-11

Lynchburg, Va./Richmond/Brookville

 

 

 

 

 

ALL-ACADEMIC SECOND TEAM

Cl.

Pos.

Ht.

Hometown/Previous School

Kirby Burkholder, James Madison

Jr.

G

6-0

Bridgewater, Va./Turner Ashby

Amber Easter, George Mason

Sr.

G/F

6-0

Hampton, Va./Bethel

Kyla Kerstetter, William & Mary

So.

G

5-11

Brentwood, Tenn./Brentwood

Cody Paulk, Georgia State

Sr.

F

6-3

Gadsden, Ala./Gadsden City

Tory Thierolf, Drexel

Jr.

F

6-0

Doylestown, Pa./Germantown Academy

 

ALL-ACADEMIC HONORABLE MENTION

 

Cl.

 

Pos.

 

Ht.

 

Hometown/Previous School

Ashley Betz-White, Old Dominion

So.

G

5-4

Mechanicsburg, Pa./Trinity

Chelsea Craig, Delaware

Jr.

F

6-2

Rockville, Md./Wootton

Fiona Flanagan, Drexel

Jr.

G

5-10

Penn Valley, Pa./Notre Dame de Namur

Renee Johnson-Allen, Drexel

Sr.

G

5-6

London, England/Barking Abbey

McKenzie Kudron, Hofstra

Jr.

F/C

6-3

New Boston, Mich./Huron/Vermont

Stephanie Leon, Delaware

So.

C

6-3

Northport, N.Y./Northport

Chelsea McGowen, UNCW

Sr.

F/C

6-2

Cedar Point, N.C./Croatan/Brunswick CC

Rachel McNair, George Mason

So. 

F

6-0

Valley Cottage, N.Y./Nyack

Janaa Pickard, George Mason

Jr.

F

6-1

Philadelphia, Pa./Central

Abby Redick, Drexel

Jr.

G/F

6-1

Roanoke, Va./Virginia Tech

Kanita Shepherd, James Madison

Sr.

F

6-3

Garner, N.C./Garner Magnet

Diana Venezia, UNCW

Jr.

G

5-10

Westfield, N.J./Westfield

Taylor Wootton, Drexel

Sr.

F

6-1

Rutherford, N.J./Rutherford

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