After a 2014 season shortened by her battle with Lyme disease, Chicago Sky star Elena Delle Donne is having a wonderful season. Friday, the Lynx will get their turn trying to slow Delle Donne down.
Delle Donne leads the league in scoring (27.2), nearly 10 points higher than her average last year. Delle Donne plays mainly a faceup game, getting the ball and getting her own shot, often getting fouled in the process. She is getting nearly 10 trips to the free throw line per game, and she rarely misses; she recently ended a streak in which she made 58 straight free throws.
Last season, when Delle Donne played primarily the small forward, the job of guarding her fell to Maya Moore. This year, with Delle Donne playing more big forward, that job goes to Rebekkah Brunson.
"They're a highly potent offensive team," Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve said after Thursday's practice. "They get to the foul line a lot. They have players on the perimeter who create their shot really well. That puts a lot of pressure on your defense. I know they're the highest-scoring team in the league, and we're one of the top defensive teams. So that's going to be a test of wills."
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