Elena Delle Donne scores 23 points, lifts Sky past Silver Stars
By SETH GRUEN For Sun-Times Media June 9, 2013 10:52PM
Chicago Sky's Elena Delle Donne shoots a foul shot against the Phoenix Mercury in the second half during a WNBA basketball game on Monday, May 27, 2013, in Phoenix. The Sky defeated the Mercury 102-80. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
Updated: June 10, 2013 6:39PM
Sky rookie Elena Delle Donne easily could find success in the WNBA by roaming the perimeter and using her superior height to shoot over smaller wing players.
But Delle Donne, who stands 6-5, knows using her versatility could make her one of the toughest players in the league to cover.
In the Sky’s 72-70 victory Sunday against the San
Antonio Silver Stars at Allstate Arena, Delle Donne was assertive in the post, which gave her the chance to make the game-winning free throws with 1.8 seconds left.
After Silver Stars guard Jia Perkins tied the score at 70 on a three-pointer with 4.3 seconds left, the Sky (4-1) called a timeout so it could get the ball at halfcourt. The ball went directly to Delle Donne in the post. From there, she made one move
toward the middle of the lane, went up for a turnaround jumper and was fouled.
‘‘[The post] was kind of just something coach [Pokey Chatman] saw on the run, and it’s what we turned to with the last play,’’ Delle Donne said. ‘‘You make
adjustments as the game goes on. That’s what Coach was doing.’’
Delle Donne finished with a career-high 23 points and has scored in double figures in all five games.
The Sky played without guard Epiphanny Prince, who was scheduled to be with the Russian national team until June 30 but
returned to Chicago in the last few days after injuring her ankle. Prince is averaging 20.6 points.