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2013 Chicago Sky Season: Elena Delle Donne finalizes a new "Big Three" with Sylvia Fowles and Epiphanny Prince

The Chicago Sky looks to make its first playoff appearance in the 2013 season, led by its center Sylvia Fowles, guard Epiphanny Prince, and rookie forward Elena Delle Donne. Can they do it this time?

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EDD leads in early All Star voting returns

Early returns for the 2013 WNBA All Star Game at the Mohegan Sun Casino are in, and Chicago Sky rookie forward Elena Delle Donne is leading all players with 16,761 votes in this round of returns according to a press release from the league.

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Chicago 71, Indiana 61

The Chicago Sky (5-3) got back on the winning column by defeating the Indiana Fever (1-6) 71-61 on the road.

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2013 Sky preview: In search of a playoff berth

A statistical preview of the Chicago Sky based on the season preview framework described in our primer the other day. For those not interested in all these words, the tl;dr version is essentially the first section of 2012 review and the last section titled "key question". For more on the Sky's major offseason moves, check out our offseason storystream.

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Sky release Sonja Petrovic to reduce roster to 12

The Chicago Sky have announced the release of forward Sonja Petrovic today, who played 30 games for the team last year.

By waiving Petrovic, the Sky have their roster down to 12 players.

A little more on her background from the release:

Petrovic averaged 4.8 points (35% FG), 2.3 rebounds and one assist per game during the 2012 WNBA season. She had a season high 13 points against the Minnesota Lynx on June 23.

She was selected 26 overall by the San Antonio Silver Stars at the 2009 WNBA Draft. In March 2012, the Sky acquired Petrovic via trade from San Antonio for a 2013 second round draft pick.

A major problem for her last year, as you can see from her numbers at Basketball-Reference.com, was a high turnover rate which happened to be a major weakness for the entire team.

For more on the Sky, check out our offseason storystream.

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Chicago Sky extend Epiphanny Prince, who will miss seven games

"I have been excited to play for the Chicago Sky since the day I was drafted and couldn’t think of a better place to continue my career. I am extremely grateful for the opportunity that Pokey and Michael Alter have given me. Having such a great organization, coaching staff and teammates makes me eager to get this season started. I look forward to playing in front of great fans and bringing this city a championship," said Prince.

From the Chicago Sky release about signing Epiphanny Prince to a multi-year extension and missing seven regular season games due to her commitment to the Russian National team.
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WNBA "Big Three" discuss on the league's bright future and more

Here's a video from yesterday with the Phoenix Mercury rookie which also includes Chicago Sky forward Elena Delle Donne, and Tulsa Shock guard Skylar Diggins. While sexuality was part of the interview, most of it focused on the anticipation of this season, and also the progression of women's sports.

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Round 3, Pick 4: Brooklyn Pope joins Chicago Sky

The Chicago Sky drafted Baylor Lady Bears forward Brooklyn Pope with the 28th pick.

We've had a few discussions about how many Baylor Lady Bears players would be drafted and we now have an answer: 2. For a bit more on Pope, take a look at our post on forward prospects.

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Round 1, Pick 2: Chicago selects Elena Delle Donne

Wows: A 6'5" guard who shoots threes at 45%? She's going to score and do so quite a bit. Her floor is as a spot up shooter, but it's hard to not imagine her starting for the majority of her career.

Wonders: Yes, she played mid-major competition which might have inflated her numbers a bit, but is it possible that she becomes an even more dangerous scorer when she isn't facing double teams?

Worries: How well will she be able to defend the perimeter at the WNBA level? Will that be an issue in terms of figuring out lineup combinations with her?

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Chicago Sky sign Sharnee' Zoll

The Chicago Sky announced yesterday that they have signed unrestricted free agent point guard Sharnee' Zoll, as described in a release at their website.

"Sharnee' brings great energy and pace to the court, along with the necessary poise," said Sky coach and general manager Pokey Chatman in the release. "She will add to an already exciting guard tandem of Courtney Vandersloot and Epiphanny Prince. What I like the most is her tremendous fire and passion to improve, not only herself but also every player around her. There was tremendous interest for Sharnee', we feel fortunate she is joining the Sky family."

Zoll was last on a roster last season with the Los Angeles Sparks before missing the season due to an ACL injury, after which she was waived. As described at the time of the injury, her performance in the 2012 preseason with the Sparks suggested that she could be a contributor after being out of the league since being drafted in 2008.

For more on the Sky's offseason, check out our offseason storystream.

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Atlanta signs Aneika Henry, Le'coe Willingham

The Atlanta Dream have announced today that they have re-signed Aneika Henry and signed unrestricted free agent Le'coe Willingham, who played for the Chicago Sky last season.

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Sky sign Chatman to contract extension

After consecutive seasons of getting close to their first WNBA playoff berth but falling short, the Chicago Sky announced today that they have signed coach Pokey Chatman to a contract extension, as per the release posted on their website.

Under Pokey's leadership, the Sky finished the 2011 and 2012 seasons with identical records of 14-20, narrowly missing the playoffs in each case. Her 28 career wins is second most in Sky history.

In the 2012 season, the Sky got off to a hot start at 7-1 before several key injuries changed the direction of the team. Despite this fact, the Sky set franchise marks in numerous categories including a six-game winning streak, a 22-point comeback at Atlanta on June 2, and a 29-point victory over in Phoenix on September 16.

The major injury, of course, was the one suffered by star guard Epiphanny Prince who missed eight games during the 2012 season, which sent the Sky into a tailspin that they never fully recovered from.

For more on the Sky's offseason, visit our offseason storystream.

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Is the Sky finally playoff ready?

The 2012 Chicago Sky had a record start with a 7-1 record led by the contributions of its center Sylvia Fowles and guard Epiphanny Prince. However after Prince suffered a foot injury in June, the Sky was never the same, never winning more than two games in a row for the rest of the season and even lost nine in a row in the middle of the year. The result was a third straight 14-20 finish and missing out in the 2012 Playoffs. The good news about missing the playoffs, if that's how we want to spin it, is that the Sky received the 2nd pick in the 2013 Draft despite having the worst odds for the #1 pick. Can Head Coach and General Manager Pokey Chatman get this team to the playoffs and hopefully beyond that for the first time in the Sky's eighth season?

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Who should Chicago pick at #2 in the 2013 draft?

Last Wednesday, the Chicago Sky received the rights to the #2 pick in the 2013 WNBA Draft, where it would likely get its first choice between picking Notre Dame guard Skylar Diggins and Delaware forward Elena Delle Donne to team up with current star center Sylvia Fowles and guard Epiphanny Prince.

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