NEW YORK -- Elena Delle Donne of the Chicago Sky and Diana Taurasi of the Phoenix Mercury were named the WNBA's Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played June 24 -- June 30.
Delle Donne's 23 points per game last week ranked second in the Eastern Conference as she led the Sky to two wins. The rookie recorded two 20-plus-point games, scoring a career-high 26 to defeat New York on June 26, and 20 to beat Los Angeles on Saturday. She has now eclipsed the 20-point mark six times this season.
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Sky scouting reportSeattle Storm (4-6) at Chicago Sky (7-3)
When: 7 p.m., Tuesday, Allstate Arena
Last time:On Sunday, Seattle lost at Indiana, 71-63; the Sky defeated the visiting Sparks, 94-82, on Saturday.
Skinny: Injuries are at the center of this nationally televised game. Sky center Sylvia Fowles, who went down with a right ankle sprain in Saturday's win over Los Angeles is listed as day-to-day…The Storm has been decimated by injuries. Gone for the season are Seattle's perennial all-stars: guard Sue Bird and forward Lauren Jackson. Bird had off-season knee surgery and Jackson is at home in Australia recovering from a hamstring injury. The Storm is also without center Ann Wauters, who declined to play in the WNBA this season. Already tagged with six losses, the Storm barely resembles the team that won the WNBA championship in 2010… The legendary Tina Thompson, Seattle's leading scorer (13.1 ppg), will retire at the end of the season. She's played in all 17 WNBA seasons, the only player to have done so.
Next: Sky at New York Liberty, 2 p.m. Sunday
-- Patricia Babcock McGraw
Taurasi averaged 21.0 points to go along with 7.0 assists and 6.0 rebounds per game in leading the Mercury to a 3-0 road trip last week.