Elena gets a little help from her 'older sisters'

By Sean Greene 3:21pm, March 29, 2013
VIDEO: Teammates on playing with Elena, and Elena on playing with her teammates
Elena Delle Donne's teammates have been asked countless times what it's like to play with the All-American, but what is it like for the All-American to play with her teammates?

"They protect me, they're almost like my older sisters and it's awesome," the 6-foot-5 senior said with a wide smile at the team's media availability Friday. "They've been so supportive. They have always welcomed me with open arms and we wouldn't be the team we are if it wasn't for their unselfish play."

One of those protectors is fellow front-court made Danielle Parker, who like Elena will play her last game in a Blue Hen uniform at some point during this tournament. She puts it simply: "As long as she's comfortable, we're comfortable."

Tina Martin says she's noticed the relationship as well. "She embraces her teammates and they embrace her. This team looks at it as she's playing a role. She handles the media so graciously and is a real humble kid who works hard and is really talented."

Saturday's game in Connecticut represents the first time that Delaware and the University of Connecticut will share the court since Elena's infamous brief time in Storrs before coming home.

She has said on several occasions she doesn't find any irony in the draw that puts her in the same region as her former school saying "they don't want to send you across the country or anything like that," but also emphasized she's not even thinking about the potential Elite 8 battle, choosing rather to focus on Kentucky, a top 10 team with plenty of talent.

Elena will have plenty of support in blue and gold to make sure Delaware has a chance to move on.

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