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Delaware star Elena Delle Donne battling Lyme disease

Delaware star Elena Delle Donne expects to play in the season opener despite battling Lyme disease.


Delaware Blue Hens All-American Elena Delle Donne, who has battled Lyme disease since 2008, is now suffering from another outbreak.

Lyme disease is a bacterial disease that affects your endurance, joint pain, strength and causes overall fatigue. Delle Donne expects to play on Nov. 9 in their season opener. Delle Donne has fought against this disease back during the 2010-11 season and in her five games back; she averaged 24.8 points.

Delle Donne is looking to build off an impressive 2011-12 campaign in which she led the nation in scoring with 28.1 points per game and led the Blue Hens to their highest NCAA women's basketball tournament seed ever (#3) before losing to the Kansas Jayhawks in the second round. In addition to returning to the NCAA tournament, Delle Donne also has her sights set on the 2013 WNBA Draft, where she is widely expected to be a top three pick and has already said that the Chicago Sky - picking second - is her preferred destination.

Graham Hays of espnW has more on the story.