During the Chicago Sky’s Wednesday loss against the Washington Mystics, superstar forward Elena Delle Donne left the game with a thumb injury and did not return. Delle Donne played just eight minutes before being ruled out, having scored just four points to go along with two rebounds.
The Sky have ruled her, as well as Tamera Young, day-to-day following their injuries:
INJURY UPDATE: Young & Delle Donne listed as day to day after injuries endured in last night's game at Washington.
— CHICAGO SKY (@wnbachicagosky) September 8, 2016
Entering the night, Delle Donne was the league’s leading scorer at 22.1 points per game in 2016. She’s also 11th in rebounds at 7.4 per game, and she has pitched in 2.0 assists per game as well. Her numbers have gone down slightly coming off a dominant 2015 performance where she averaged 23.4 points and 8.4 rebounds per contest during her first MVP season.
An All-Star for three years running, Delle Donne was the second overall pick of the 2013 WNBA Draft by the Sky, who have built their team around the 6’5″ forward from Wilmington, Delaware. Having battled Lyme disease in her career, Delle Donne has still managed to become one of the league’s most productive scorers and was one vote away from being the unanimous MVP of the league last season.
She spent the summer helping Team USA dominate its way to an eighth gold medal on the hardwood.
But back with the Sky, after having narrowly lost in the 2014 WNBA Finals to the Phoenix Mercury, Chicago has posted a 15-14 record thus far in the 2016 season. Still in contention for a playoff berth, the team runs through the versatile Delle Donne for the vast majority of their offense and any extended absence as the season winds down could put their postseason aspirations in jeopardy.