Elena Delle Donne inducted into University of Delaware Hall of Fame

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There is no place like home.

There is also no place like a home where you are recognized as one of your hometown’s favorite children.

Last week, Elena Delle Donne was immortalized in the history of the University of Delaware’s athletic program when she was inducted, with other Blue Hens greats, into its Hall of Fame.

The announcement was made last month and she was part of an invitation-only ceremony a few days ago. It is safe to say she is the face of basketball in the First State.

In her junior and senior seasons, Delle Donne led her Blue Hens to undefeated records, a first-ever NCAA tournament win in 2012, and a run to the Sweet 16 in 2013.

Five others joined Delle Donne as inductees – Debbie Eaves Curbeau, who played for the Blue Hens in the late 80s and graduated as the school’s all-time leading scorer, Susana Occhi, UD’s first women’s basketball coach from 1969-71, Herb Beck, a former three-time All-American football offensive lineman, Bob Siemen who lettered in four sports in the 1940s, and Cliff Brumbaugh who led Blue Hens baseball teams in the 90s to the NCAA tournament and was later drafted by the Texas Rangers.

While she still has a lot of basketball career left in her, is it too early to start talking about her being enshrined into two other Halls of Fame located in Knoxville, Tennessee and Springfield, Massachusetts, perhaps?

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