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Sky's Delle Donne named WNBA's Rookie of Year

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  • FILE - In this Aug. 9, 2013, file photo, Chicago Sky's Elena Delle Donne, left, is guarded by Connecticut Sun's Allison Hightower during the first half of a WNBA basketball game in Uncasville, Conn. Delle Donne led Chicago to its first postseason berth in franchise history and hopes to help the Sky defeat defending WNBA champion, Indiana Fever, in the opening round.

      FILE - In this Aug. 9, 2013, file photo, Chicago Sky's Elena Delle Donne, left, is guarded by Connecticut Sun's Allison Hightower during the first half of a WNBA basketball game in Uncasville, Conn. Delle Donne led Chicago to its first postseason berth in franchise history and hopes to help the Sky defeat defending WNBA champion, Indiana Fever, in the opening round.

 
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Sky forward Elena Delle Donne got all 39 first-place votes to easily win the WNBA's rookie of the year award Friday.

The second overall draft pick and part of a heralded class of first-year players, Delle Donne was presented with the trophy by WNBA president Laurel J. Richie before the Sky's playoff opener against the Indiana Fever.

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Delle Donne was part of a rookie class that included top pick Brittney Griner -- out of powerhouse Baylor -- and Skylar Diggins, who was taken third out of Notre Dame.

But it was the 6-foot-5 forward from Delaware who outshined them all.

Delle Donne averaged 18.1 points, 5.6 rebounds and shot 93 percent from the free throw line to help Chicago make the playoffs for the first time in franchise history. The Sky earned the top seed in the Eastern Conference.

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