Wilmington's Elena Delle Donne won her 2nd WNBA Most Valuable Player award after a season for the record books.
In leading the Washington Mystics to the best regular-season record in the league, Delle Donne became the first player in WNBA history to shoot 50% from the field, 40% from three-point range, and 90% from the free-throw line.
The former Blue Hen finished with a league-record 97.4% mark from the line for players taking at least 100 attempts in a season, and she ended the regular season by making her last 64 free throws.
She was also second in scoring (19.5 points per game), and 5th in rebounding (8.3).
“I would like to thank my teammates and coaches and our wonderful fans–I have the greatest teammates in the world, our coaches have put us in a position to succeed by forming this awesome unit and the energy of our fans has given us the best homecourt atmosphere in the league,” said Delle Donne in a statement released by the Mystics.
“Everyone has had a part in this, especially my wife [Amanda] and family, and it took a lot of hard work and focus from all of us together to get to this point. I am extremely proud of this honor, but we still have work ahead of us and we’re all focused playing our hardest to bring a championship to Washington.”
Washington plays game 2 of their best-of-five WNBA semifinal against Las Vegas tonight at 8:30 on ESPN2. The Mystics rallied for a 97-95 victory in game 1.
Delle Donne is the 5th player in WNBA history to win the MVP at least twice, joining Lauren Jackson, Lisa Leslie, Sheryl Swoopes, Cynthia Cooper, and Candace Parker. In addition, she's the first to accomplish the feat with two different organizations, after winning her 2015 award with the Chicago Sky.
Delle Donne received 41 of the 43 first-place votes, with former Chicago teammate Courtney Vandersloot receiving the other two votes.
Elena receives $15,000 from the league with the MVP award.