UConn signed National Players of the Year Tina Charles in 2006, Maya Moore in 2007 and 6' 5" Elana Delle Donne in 2008. (Notre Dame Star Skylar Diggins broke that string when she chose home town Notre Dame in 2009). As anyone who watched last night heard repeatedly, UConn was was playing a freshman center and a 6 player rotation. Why?? Well, after enrolling in summer classes at UConn after HS graduation, Delle Donne left UConn and returned home to Delaware to play Volleyball, a sport in which she was also an All-American, and indicated she had some personal issues to work out and it would not have been fair to UConn if she was not fully committed to the UConn program. Later, she did decide to play WBB at Delaware and this season averaged 25+ pts/game for the Blue Hens who lost in the title game of the CAA tourney and then lost a 3 point game on the road to Toledo in the WNIT. One can only imagine UConn with her patrolling the lane for the Huskies. I doubt that winning streak would have ended this season.
By all accounts, she is quite happy with her decision to home and a Blue Hen.