NEWARK, Del. – Her presence is felt, not only in the Bob Carpenter Center, but in the entire state of Delaware.


The current members of the University of Delaware women’s basketball team have watched her play against the top players in the country for years. Elena Delle Donne wore the same jersey and played in the same gym, and now she’s among the best players in the world.


In a month, the Blue Hens, along with fans from around the area will be treated to Delle Donne’s return in a WNBA Exhibition game against the Indiana Fever on May 12 at 7 p.m.


For the current Blue Hens, the excitement around Delle Donne’s return is palpable.


“For us, it’s great to have an environment where women’s basketball is supported and thrives. I still think about how we were able to have the USA National Team come play a few years ago. Having the WNBA come just shows again how much these fans support women’s basketball,” junior Nicole Enabosi said. “It’s amazing to have people we all see as role models play on your home court. Not every student-athlete gets to experience something so memorable and we’re all incredibly grateful for the opportunity.”


“As a student-athlete, it means a lot to have this game played right here at the Bob. All the women that will be in the arena have once been in our position and we’ve wanted to be where they are since we were little, they represent more than just basketball, they are role models for all young women,” sophomore Samone DeFreese said.


“It’s an honor to be able to have the chance to have so many great players in our home gym and to see how they work,” sophomore Abby Gonzales said. “I’m excited to see the presence that Elena brings. Our team and all the fans go crazy and love when she’s back.”


“We’re excited to not only see Elena put on a show, but to see how she reacts being back in her own home gym, where she played,” sophomore Bailey Kargo said. “It’s awesome to see the immense pride and excitement that all the fans have for her. To see the amount of loyalty and the investment they all have in Delaware basketball is amazing and means a lot to not only us as players, but the program as a whole.”


There are still tickets available and can be purchased through the Bob Carpenter Center Ticket Office (302-831-2257) or by clicking here.