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Delle Donne nets 3rd WNBA weekly honor

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  • Chicago Sky forward/guard Elena Delle Donne was named WNBA Player of the Week for Aug. 5-11

      Chicago Sky forward/guard Elena Delle Donne was named WNBA Player of the Week for Aug. 5-11
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By Daily Herald News Services

After averaging 21 points in three games, Sky rookie Elena Delle Donne was named the WNBA Eastern Conference Player of the Week for games played Aug. 5-11. It's the third Player of the Week award for Delle Donne, who averaged 21 points and 5.67 rebounds in the contests.

On Friday, Delle Donne's 19 points helped the Sky defeat the Connecticut Sun (77-61) for the third time this season. She also took down nine rebounds and set a season high in three point shots made (4). On Sunday, she returned home with her best performance of the year scoring a season high 32 points in a battle of conference leaders with Minnesota. Aside from hitting the tie-making three point shot to bring the Sky into overtime, Delle Donne equaled her season high in three pointers made (4) and went 10-for-10 from the free throw line. Her efforts helped the Sky defeat the Minnesota Lynx, who now stand 17-5.

Delle Donne now stands as the league leader in free throw percentage (92.4%) and three-point percentage (47.7%). She ranks fourth in points per game (18.7) and fifth in blocks per game (1.95).

Maya Moore of Minnesota earned Player of the Week honors for Western Conference players, averaging 23.0 ppg and a league-best 3.33 steals.

The Sky travels to play the Los Angeles Sparks and Naperville's Candace Parker on Tuesday (9:30 p.m. U Too).

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