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Monthly Archives: September 2013

Delle Donne Named Rookie of the Year

Throughout the season Delle Donne swept the rookie accolades winning Rookie of the Month for the months of June, July, August and September. Delle Donne received all of the votes Rookie of the Year making the decision unanimous. Click the link below to read the full story.

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In The Game with Robin Roberts

Elena had the chance to sit down and chat with Robin Roberts for a segment of Season 2 of In The Game with Robin Roberts. Robin and Elena discuss Elena’s family, her rookie season, and that path that she took to get to the WNBA. Click the link below to watch the full interview.

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Delle Donne Sweeps Rookie Awards

Rookie of the Month Sept.

NEW YORK, September 16, 2013 – Chicago Sky guard/forward Elena Delle

Donne has been named Rookie of the Month for games played in September, the WNBA announced today. This marks the fourth consecutive Rookie of the Month honor for Delle Donne, making her the second player (Tina Charles, 2010) to sweep the awards.

For September, Delle Donne led rookies in scoring (17.2 ppg), free-throw percentage (1.000, 26-for-26), minutes (33.6 mpg), and ranked second in rebounds (5.8 rpg) and blocks (1.8 bpg). The WNBA All-Star led her team to a 3-2 record for the month, which included a 70-68 win on Sept. 11, over the visiting Phoenix Mercury. Delle Donne’s 18 points included a buzzer-beater to give the Sky the win.

The Delaware native has helped the Sky to the best record in the East (24-10) and a franchise-first playoff berth. Delle Donne finished the season ranked first overall in three-throw percentage (.929, 157-for-169), fourth in points (18.1 ppg), and fifth in blocks (1.8 bpg). Delle Donne appeared in 30 games, scoring in double-digits in all but two.

Highlights of Delle Donne’s month included:
• Sept. 8 vs. Washington: 22 points on 8-for-8 shooting from the free-throw line in a 93-79 win
• Sept. 11 vs. Phoenix: 18 points including a buzzer-beater in a 70-68 win
• Sept. 13 vs. Atlanta: 18 points and eight rebounds in an 87-82 win

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No Time Like the Playoffs

When I hear the word “playoffs,” so many things come to mind. I am reminded of the postseason runs I made with previous teams, the unforgettable wins and the heartbreaking losses. As I remember these experiences and look ahead to the start of the WNBA playoffs, I remember why I love this sport so much.

I play basketball because I am a competitor. I have an undying will to win and I hate to lose. With all of this in mind, I can’t begin to explain the extent of my excitement for this postseason. I have the opportunity to compete with and against the best women’s basketball players in the world, who share this same love of competition.

The playoffs aren’t just a time of the year or a part of the basketball season. To me, the playoffs are a feeling, a time when the focus and intensity increase as the stakes also increase. Now, it’s a matter of winning and advancing, or losing and calling it an end to the season.

My first WNBA season has been nothing short of amazing. With that said, I am fully aware that I will never be able to have my rookie season back. I will never have another “first season,” and I am using this as fuel for the playoffs.

My team has experienced so many franchise milestones this year: the first winning season, the first playoff appearance, franchise attendance records, among other things. While my teammates and I are extremely proud of these accomplishments, we are far from satisfied. We are motivated by and aware of the fact that there is still work to be done. Honestly, I feel lucky to have so much more ahead for a few reasons.

First, and above all, is the obvious: I am in a position to compete for a WNBA championship title. As an athlete, this is the ultimate goal. But in addition to this obvious cause of my excitement, I also feel lucky that I am able to continue this season with my teammates and my coaches. When I was drafted to the Chicago Sky, I was immediately surrounded by the most supportive and motivating teammates and staff. Throughout this entire season, I have felt nothing but support from my team, and the playoffs are an opportunity to extend my time with these amazing people.

The playoffs are an opportunity to continue to compete for a championship with people who have become like family. There’s no time like playoff time. GO SKY!!

Until next time,

Elena

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Delle Donne Comes Through at Buzzer

Elena Delle Donne shined in the much anticipated match up between the first and second draft picks. This game was only the second matchup between the Phoenix Mercury and the Chicago Sky. While the Mercury led for a good part of the game, Elena hit a shot at the buzzer to lead her team to victory. Click the link below to watch highlights and read the full story.

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