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Friday, July 26, 2013

Concussion to keep Delle Donne out of All-Star Game

A day after it was announced that top overall pick Brittney Griner would miss the WNBA All-Star Game due to a knee injury came the news that No. 2 pick Elena Delle Donne will also be forced to miss tomorrow's game because of a concussion.

Former Connecticut Sun center Erika de Souza was named to replace Delle Donne on the Eastern Conference. East head coach Lin Dunn will name a starter to take Delle Donne's spot in the lineup.

Here is the release from the WNBA
Atlanta Dream center Erika de Souza has been named by WNBA President Laurel J. Richie to replace injured Eastern Conference All-Star Elena Delle Donne of the Chicago Sky in the Boost Mobile WNBA All-Star Game.

For the 31-year old de Souza, this marks her second All-Star appearance. The native of Brazil previously participated in the 2009 All-Star event, also held at Mohegan Sun Arena.  The eight-year veteran’s seven double-doubles are tied for third in the WNBA, and she ranks fifth in the league in both rebounding (9.1 rpg) and blocks (1.81 bpg). 

The league’s No. 2 overall draft pick this April, Delle Donne – who went on to become the first rookie in WNBA history to earn the top spot among vote-getters in All-Star fan-voting – will be unable to attend the All-Star Game after suffering a concussion on Wednesday during the Sky’s road loss to the Washington Mystics.  


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