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The Associated Press

The Chicago Sky can gain a measure of revenge for their loss right before the All-Star break, but those hopes could depend on whether rookie sensation Elena Delle Donne is available.

It's unclear whether Delle Donne will return from a concussion for the Sky as they try for a seventh straight home win over the Washington Mystics on Friday night.

Chicago (12-5) went into the break after an 82-78 loss at Washington (9-10) last Wednesday. Delle Donne's concussion forced her out in the third quarter.

Delle Donne, averaging 18.2 points a game, was the first rookie to lead All-Star voting but had to miss Saturday's contest. WNBA rules will help determine whether she takes the court Friday.

"Now, I am feeling better and am taking my recovery day by day," Delle Donne posted on her blog on the league's official site. "I am doing everything that the doctors and trainers ask of me so that I can get back on the court with my teammates for the next part of the season."

Chicago had its five-game win streak snapped in last week's meeting, blowing a 21-point lead. The Mystics realize the Sky will be motivated.

"We were able to get Chicago before the break and of course they're going to come out extra at their place so we just have to be prepared," Washington guard Matee Ajavon said.

The Sky have won 10 of the last 12 meetings, and six straight at home. Chicago won 89-85 at home July 10 in the first 2013 matchup.

If Delle Donne doesn't play, the Sky could try to get the ball more to Sylvia Fowles, averaging 23.5 points and 13.5 rebounds against Washington this year. Fowles leads the league in rebounding at 11.7 per game.

Fowles figures to present a bad matchup for a Washington team that was outrebounded 43-34 and outscored 56-26 in the paint in its first game since the break, Wednesday's 88-78 home defeat to New York.

"I thought tonight we saw some of the symptoms of the past a little bit,'' coach Mike Thibault said. "Hopefully that's not true, but I thought we got out-physicaled tonight.''

Ajavon had a season-high 20 points and All-Star guard Ivory Latta added 11. Mystics starting center Michelle Snow missed 7 of 8 shots for two points while the Liberty got 22 points from starting center Kara Braxton.

Snow has totaled 11 points and eight fouls in her first two matchups against Fowles.

"We gotta find a way to get it done," said Latta, who had 18 points and a season-high 13 assists in last week's win over the Sky. "This game is over, we got a great team (next), we gotta go play Chicago in Chicago."

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