The Chicago Sky had two enticing options with the No. 2 pick in last month's draft - add Skylar Diggins to an already talented backcourt or grab the versatile Elena Delle Donne, who could seemingly score from anywhere on the floor.
It's awfully early, but it looks like they made the right choice.
Delle Donne is off to an outstanding start with 42 points in two games, and she'll look to lead the Sky to a third straight victory Sunday while handing Diggins and the struggling Shock a fourth consecutive loss.
Brittney Griner was Phoenix's top pick in the April 15 draft, leaving Chicago with its choice of Diggins or Delle Donne.
The Sky went with the 6-foot-5 Delle Donne, and the Delaware product couldn't be off to a much better start. She got the best of Griner in her WNBA debut, putting up 22 points, eight rebounds and four blocks in a 102-80 rout of the Mercury on Monday, then scored 20 points in an 86-75 win over Connecticut on Friday in her first home game.
"It was awesome, our fans were crazy. I could really feel the energy in here," said Delle Donne, who went 6 of 10 from the field and made all seven free throws. "The whole game they were having a guard (on) me, so instead of trying to go outside I wanted to work them inside and use my length, use my size."
Diggins' transition to the WNBA has been far less smooth in the early going less than two months after a forgettable 3-for-15 shooting, 10-point, six-turnover performance in Notre Dame's loss to Connecticut in the Final Four. She went 8 of 28 from the floor and had nine turnovers in losses to Atlanta and Washington, then was held to seven points on 2-of-11 shooting in Friday's 78-76 overtime loss at New York.
"I'm sick of losing,'' said Diggins, who had five more turnovers. "It's great that we're right there, but we've just got to get over the hump.''
Diggins already has suffered more losses in a week than she did in her final season with the Fighting Irish. She never dealt with a three-game losing streak at Notre Dame or at South Bend's Washington High School, and laughed trying to remember the last time it happened.
"I was like 10 I think,'' she said. "It's been a long while.''
Already allowing opponents to score 90.3 points per game on 50.2 percent shooting, Tulsa may be at an even bigger disadvantage Sunday. Center and leading scorer Liz Cambage sprained her ankle in overtime Friday and left the arena on crutches. She expects to be out at least a week.
That's particularly bad news considering who Tulsa will have to deal with on the low post. Sylvia Fowles had 24 points and a career-high 22 rebounds Friday.
The Sky edged the Sun on the glass 46-32 and have outrebounded their first two opponents 87-61.
"To outrebound any team by 14 is really, really good," coach Pokey Chatman said. "What I (also) like is that we were aggressive and attacked the basket to get to the free throw line.''
These teams split two meetings last season, each winning at home. Fowles had 21 boards and Epiphanny Prince 32 points in a 98-91 victory June 8.
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