Monday WNBA links: Highly marketable Elena Delle Donne wins Rookie of the Month, injuries continue to pile up for Indiana and San Antonio, EuroBasket MVP Sancho Lyttle to return

WNBA Rookie of the Month Elena Delle Donne could end up being the most marketable of the 3 to see. - USA TODAY Sports

While the injuries keep coming for the defending champion Indiana Fever and the San Antonio Silver Stars, the 10-1 Atlanta Dream are expecting the return of an All-Star caliber player.

With most of the scores from the weekend already covered in our "WNBA scores" section, today we take stock of the big name rookies, players returning from EuroBasket and, unfortunately, more injuries (which only highlight the continued questions about the WNBA's roster limit).

  • Larry Hawley of Fox59 reports that Tamika Catchings "has a newfound respect for point guards" after taking over the point guard position on the fly during yesterday's 71-63 win over the Seattle Storm after starter Briann January suffered a mild concussion and did not play in the second half. Of course, Catchings being Catchings she finished with a team-high five assists. Read more and watch the video >>>
  • Terrence Thomas of the San Antonio Express-News reports that San Antonio Silver Stars players Shenise Johnson (sprained knee) and DeLisha Milton-Jones (shin splints) are listed as day-to-day and will be re-evaluated next week. If you're keeping count at home, that leaves San Antonio without a playoff-caliber starting lineup worth of players right now: Johnson, Milton-Jones, Jayne Appel, Becky Hammon, and Sophia Young. Read more >>>
  • Patricia Babcock-McGraw writing for the Daily Herald reports that Chicago Sky center Sylvia Fowles had an x-ray in the locker room after rolling her ankle two minutes before halftime of Saturday's win against the Los Angeles Sparks. The exact diagnosis is unclear, but the good news is that it doesn't sound too severe: Fowles "could miss Tuesday's game against Seattle", which is better news than some other teams have gotten this season. Read more >>>
  • Mark Woods of MVP Magazine recapped the completion of the 2013 Eurobasket Women tournament from which the Atlanta Dream's Sancho Lyttle emerged victorious: she had two late scores to lead Spain to the gold medal and won the tournament's Most Valuable Player award. Lyttle is looking forward to getting back to the WNBA and James Bowman reported this morning that Dream coach Fred Williams hopes to see her back by Wednesday. Quanitra Hollingsworth, who was traded to the Washington Mystics this offseason, led Turkey to third place with 18 points. Read more >>>
  • John Altavilla of the Hartford Courant writes that, "Roster size promises to be one of the major points of contention when the WNBA's collective bargaining agreement with the player's union is renegotiated." He lays out the cost of adding an extra player to each roster, but also describes the factors that contribute to a diminished product with the rosters at 11 players each. Read more >>>
  • Jeff Jacobs of the Hartford Courant wrote a piece about the all-encompassing hype surrounding Phoenix Mercury rookie Brittney Griner after her first visit to Mohegan Sun Arena on Saturday night. Tina Charles, who had a record-tying 24 free throw attempts in the Connecticut Sun's loss, sounded "slightly less ebullient": "I'm looking forward to playing the Phoenix Mercury," Charles said after asked the first question about Griner. "You guys don't ask me about Erika De Souza, Sylvia Fowles or the other great posts in this league. I'm looking forward to playing the Phoenix Mercury." Read more >>>
  • The WNBA has announced that Elena Delle Donne has been named June Rookie of the Month after leading rookies in three categories, including a couple of career-high efforts. Read more >>>
  • Alicia Jessop of Forbes Magazine reports that not only are the #3tosee great for marketing the WNBA, "but they are reaping great marketing opportunities as a result of fans’ growing interest in the WNBA." Jessop writes that Chicago Sky forward Elena Delle Donne's combination of community service, stunning looks, and - of course - talent have helped her lead the pack in endorsements. Read more >>>
  • Allison Hayes of Fox 28 in Indiana talked to Tulsa Shock point guard Skylar Diggins about her adjustment to the WNBA and her fan support that has followed her. Shock coach Gary Kloppenburg suggests that her poor shooting thus far is just a matter of adjusting to the speed of the game. Read more and watch the video >>>
  • Aaron Lommers of the Everett Herald looks at Stadium Journey's ranking of Key Arena as the WNBA's best venue, interviewing the reviewer and Karen Bryant. Bryant offers her thoughts on the notion that aging Arena is not a suitable home for the NBA: "...it is one of the great basketball venues in terms of sightlines. The fans are sitting right on top of the court. Just the building itself creates a great atmosphere to create noise and kind of live theatre, if you will." Read more >>>

Obviously, there are more links out there so feel free to drop those in the comments or write a fan post if you have extended thoughts on anything related to women's basketball.

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