Elena Delle Donne sweeps Rookie of the Month awards for 2013

The WNBA named Chicago Sky’s Elena Delle Donne Rookie of the Month for September, the fourth consecutive honor for the guard/forward. After earning the awards for every month during the 2013 season Delle Donne becomes just the second player in WNBA history to sweep the award (Tina Charles, 2010).

During the month of September, Delle Donne shot 100% from the free throw line connecting on all 26 attempts. She led all rookies in scoring (17.2) and minutes per game (33.6). Delle Donne ranked second amongst rookies in rebounds (5.8) and blocks (1.8).

With 14 points against the Indiana Fever on September 6, Delle Donne set a new Sky rookie record for points in a single season. She bettered her record after the Sky’s final 2013 regular season game, finishing with 543 total points.

On September 11, Delle Donne showed once again her strength in clinch moments after hitting the game winning shot with 00.1 seconds on the clock to defeat the Phoenix Mercury. She finished the game with 18 points and six rebounds to help the Sky set a new single season rebounds record.

Delle Donne contributed 18 points, eight rebounds and two blocks in the win against Atlanta on September 13. Her two three pointers pushed her to a new Sky rookie record in three point field goals made in a single season (42). Delle Donne followed with another record setting performance on September 14 to end the regular season. Hitting four free throws, Delle Donne set a new Sky single season record in free throws made (157) surpassing Sylvia Fowles’ previous record of 154 accomplished in 2011.

The Sky will begin their first ever playoff run this week as they will meet the fourth seeded Indiana Fever in the first round of the playoffs beginning on Friday, September 20 at Allstate Arena. The 6 p.m. CT game will air nationally on NBA TV. The teams meet for game two of the series at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis on Sunday, September 22. The 2 p.m. CT game will air on ESPN2.

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