Elena Delle Donne returned to the hardwood for the first time since her MVP season two years ago.
The Washington Mystics forward made her season debut against the Seattle Storm on Sunday, playing more than 22 minutes in her first game since helping the Mystics win their first WNBA title in October 2019.
Due to worries about the coronavirus, Delle Donne sat out the league’s Florida “bubble22-game “‘s season in 2020.
Delle Donne scored 16 points on 5-for-11 shooting and made all five of her free-throw tries as the Storm won 85-78 behind Breanna Stewart’s 20 points and 12 rebounds.
As she led Washington to the 2019 championship, Delle Donne suffered three bulging disks in the finals. The two-time MVP underwent two back surgeries and the continued recovery kept her out of the first half of this season.
“I’ve had injuries before, but this has been something where there’s a lot of gray,” she said two weeks ago. “As many times as I want that black-and-white answer, it hasn’t been that way. There’s been a lot of confusion.
“But I’ve had incredible people around me to help me on those tough days. And I realize we are so lucky when we get to play this game that we love, and to enjoy every second of it.”
Over her seven-year career, Delle Donne has averaged 20.3 points per game. She recently spoke with USA TODAY about her passion of keeping young girls interested in sports.
“It’s so important, especially for young girls who can look and be like, ‘Hey, that can be me. That’s literally my peer,'” she said. “So, to be seeing the change in just my lifetime has been humongous. It’s been massive to see the young women come in and use their voices and their platforms in a way that can inspire so many others.”
Source: MSN Sports