Published January 13, 2015
The success Elena Delle Donne has experienced at Delaware comes as no surprise to North Carolina coach Sylvia Hatchell.
Delle Donne had just finished 7th grade when she attended a basketball camp run by Hatchell in Chapel Hill, where the youngster provided a glimpse of things to come.
Hatchell says, "I knew that this kid was just going to be something else."
Something so special that Hatchell offered Delle Donne a scholarship to North Carolina on the spot. Delle Donne declined, and now the 6-foot-5 senior is poised to go up against the Tar Heels on Tuesday night in the second round of the NCAA tournament.
Delaware (31-3) will bring a 25-game winning streak into the game. Third-seed North Carolina (29-6) advanced with a 59-54 comeback win over Albany.