Carving her own path is what Elena has always done. After leading her high school to 4 state championships she chose to continue her education and athletic career in her home state at the University of Delaware. While at Delaware, Elena lifted the women’s basketball program to a new level and placed them on the map nationally. She led Delaware to back-to-back conference titles, two undefeated conference seasons, and took the team all the way to the sweet 16 completing the best season in school history. Elena not only elevated the play at the University of Delaware but she changed the game of women’s basketball on a national level.
During her college years Elena also joined the USA team that participated in the World University Games in Shenzhen, China in the summer of 2011. This team consisted of the most outstanding college players in the country. These games featured the elite women’s college basketball players from across the globe. While competing with this team, Elena led the team in scoring and rebounding, was second in assists, and helped the team secure a gold medal.
While Elena would much rather be recognized for her unparalleled team play, she also collected numerous personal accolades throughout her college career. She was among the top scorers in the nation, she ranks third in division one history for average points per game, she holds the conference record for scoring with 3039 points, and she holds the conference record for points scored in a single game with 54.
After graduating from the University of Delaware Elena was selected second overall by the Chicago Sky in the 2013 WNBA draft. On the court Elena quickly excelled becoming rookie of the month for the month of June and player of the week for the week ending June 30, 2013.
Off the court elena has formed several partnerships with companies that share her vision. With a focus on excellence in sports, health and nutrition, Elena has partnered with Nike as well as Genesis Today and DuPont.
Elena was born and raised in Wilmington, Delaware by her parents Ernie and Joan. She is the youngest of 3 children. She has an older sister, Lizzie, an older brother Gene, and a sister-in-law, Jennifer. Elena’s close relationship with her family has played an integral part in her career decisions.
In the fall of 2012 Elena graduated with a degree in human services. She possesses a strong passion for helping children with special needs and raising awareness for Lyme disease, a disease she has battled for over 3 Years.
-2011 World University Games Gold Medal
-Leading Vote Getter for 2013 WNBA All Star Game (first for a Rookie)
-3 Consecutive Rookie of the Month Honors (June, July, August 2013)
-4X Eastern Conference Player of the Week as a Rookie
-#2 Overall pick in 2013 WNBA Draft
-5th All Time Leading Scorer in Division I History
-CAA All Time Leading Scorer
-2x WBCA All American
-2x John Wooden All American
-3x Capital One Academic All American
-2x Capital One Academic All American of the Year
-3039 Career points
-Honda Inspiration Award Winner
-Senior CLASS Award Winner