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Delle Donne scores 22 in return for Delaware women

Associated Press Modified: November 20, 2012 at 10:02 pm •  Published: November 20, 2012

She initially contracted the disease in 2008 and then suffered again through its effects two years ago. She was fine last season while leading Delaware to the second round of the NCAA tournament.

"The bottom line is her disease is very unpredictable," Martin said. "We've got to hope that she can take care of her body and that she doesn't have any lapses and that she can play games this year and not miss games.

"It's a tricky thing. I thought preseason we managed it pretty well. She wasn't practicing all the time. It was very similar to last year — obviously she made it through all of last year. Again, this disease is so unpredictable with her that it makes it tough."

Delle Donne will have time to rest with the team on a break until Nov. 28 when the Blue Hens host St. Bonaventure.

"It was really hard (watching from the bench). I knew I couldn't be out there, but I wanted to be really badly. I felt the team was lacking a leader a little bit. Just coming back and maybe not even being full force but being a leader to them. I think it gives them confidence and helps them play a little better."