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Sky's Elena Delle Donne named East's Player of the Month

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Sky's Elena Delle Donne named East's Player of the Month

Elena Delle Donne was nearly unstoppable in June, and she was recognized for it Tuesday.

The Sky forward was named the Eastern Conference's Player of the Month for June, the WNBA announced Tuesday. In 10 games Delle Donne averaged 28.7 points, 9.9 rebounds and 2.6 blocks, all of which led the conference. She shot better than 51 percent from the field and 97 percent from the free throw line. That 10-game span to begin the season - the Sky went 5-5 - included her making 58 straight free throws, eight shy of the WNBA record.

She currently leads the league in scoring, with her 27.2 points per game average the highest 10-game average to begin a season in WNBA history. She currently leads the Eastern Conference in All-Star Game voting. Fans can vote for Delle Donne on Twitter by using "@De11eDonne" and #WNBABallot.

The Sky are currently 6-5 and sit in fourth place, just 1.5 games back of first-place Connecticut.

Sky pick a pair of players from power programs in top 5 of draft

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Sky pick a pair of players from power programs in top 5 of draft

The first year of the post-Elena Delle Donne era for the Chicago Sky did not go well.

The Sky limped to a 12-22 record without the former WNBA MVP and scoring champ. As the Bulls are about to experience, the upside of a losing season is a high draft pick the next year.

The Sky had the third and fourth picks in the draft, which took place on Thursday, and snagged a pair of players from powerhouse programs in women's college basketball.

At No. 3 the Sky picked up Diamond DeShields from Tennessee. She led the Lady Vols in scoring in the 2016-17 season, but that was her junior year. She elected to sign overseas with Cukurova in Turkey instead of playing out her final year of eligibility. The New York Times profiled her just ahead of the WNBA draft.

Oh, and she's also the daughter of former major leaguer Delino DeShields and her brother, Delino DeShields Jr., is currently an outfielder for the Texas Rangers.

At No. 4, the Sky picked up UConn forward Gabby Williams. Williams started every game in each of the last two seasons for the Huskies, which went undefeated in the regular season and made the Final Four both of those seasons.

Sky continue early season struggles in loss to Sun

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Sky continue early season struggles in loss to Sun

ROSEMONT — Jonquel Jones scored 19 of her career-high 23 points in the second half and finished with 21 rebounds to help the Connecticut Sun beat the Chicago Sky 97-79 on Sunday night.

Jones, who set her previous career best of 20 rebounds on May 13, became the 12th player in WNBA history with at least 20 points and 20 rebounds in a game. Alyssa Thomas had 17 points, 10 rebounds, five assists and two steals and Lynetta Kizer scored 16 with seven rebounds for Connecticut (1-4), which won its first game of the season.

Kizer’s jumper midway through the first quarter made it 14-13 and the Sun led the rest of the way. Jessica Breland hit two free throws to pull Chicago (1-5) within four with 4:37 left in the third, but Jones scored seven points during a 10-3 run over the next three-plus minutes and the Sky got no closer.

Tamera Young led Chicago with 17 points. She has at least one made 3-pointer in each of the last five games after going nearly five calendar years (June 23, 2011) since her last 3.