Chicago Sky star Delle Donne – one of the faces of WNBA

Chicago Sky forward Elena Delle Donne is one of the most popular players in the WNBA, and is one of the faces of the league.

The three-time WNBA All-Star has already played in more regular season games this year (17) than she did all of last year (16). However, she struggled to stay on the floor in 2014 as she had a back injury then and complications from Lyme Disease.

Notably, Elle is the leading vote-getter among All-stars and a favorite for most valuable player. Her spectacular third WNBA season has been highlighted by a 45-point game, including 19-for-19 free throws against Atlanta Dream.

Delle Donne, 25, is also second in the league this season in field goal percentage (56.5) and is third in rebounds per game (9.8). She says there’s no doubt being healthy has allowed her to perform at such a high level.

The 6-foot-5 forward leads the WNBA in scoring (24.5 ppg) and free throw percentage (95.2%) and is third in blocks (2.47 bpg).¬†Impressively, she’s also third in minutes (34.3 mpg).

Of course, Delle Donne’s improvement in the game doesn’t go unnoticed by other players. In fact, Tamika Catchings, the forward of Indiana Fever, noted that the Chicago forward is quickly becoming a respected player in the league.

Discover how two Mystic stars end Indiana’s dream of a six-game winning streak

Emma Meesseman and LaToya Sanders both put on a phenomenal performance for the Washington Mystics as they defeated the Indiana Fever in a Friday game 68-50, ending Indiana’s dreams of a six-game winning streak.

Meesseman led Washington with 14 points and had a career-high 13 rebounds. The 6’4 center was followed closely behind by Sanders, who came off the bench scoring 14 points, matching her career high, and 10 rebounds.

While the lead traded hands in the first half, it was all Mystics after halftime. Washington held a 34-29 lead at intermission, but blew the game open in the third quarter, limiting Indiana to a single 3-point field goal and three free throws. It was the Fever’s lowest-scoring quarter of the season, outscored 23-6 as the Mystics took a 22-point advantage into the fourth quarter.

Guard Marissa Coleman was the leading scorer for the Fever with 11 points. Also, Lynetta Kizer, another University of Maryland alumna, contributed 10 points and eight rebounds.

Unfortunately, ten-time WNBA All-Star Tamika Catchings, who scored 11 points against Tulsa this past Wednesday, did not have that same rhythm going this game. Catchings went 0-7 from the floor and ended the game with just 2 points from an early pair of free throws.

Indiana, averaging 79 points per game, was limited to 18-of-57 shooting (31 percent) while scoring its fewest points since a 50-48 defeat seven years ago on the same floor, falling 50-48 to the Mystics, July 8, 2008. Adding to the Mystics’ command was a 43-34 rebounding edge.

The Fever continues a three-game road trip Saturday at Connecticut, then Tuesday at San Antonio.

While the Mystics, who are now 4-3 at home, meet back up with the Connecticut Sun Sunday evening. The two teams have not played since the very first game of the season in which Washington won 73-68.

Confirmed! Former Orlando Magic star traded for the Knicks

The Magic officially traded Kyle O’Quinn to the New York Knicks in a sign-and-trade deal.

In return, the Knicks gave the Orlando Magic the right to exchange 2019 second-round draft picks and cash considerations.

A second-round choice in the 2012 NBA Draft, O’Quinn became a productive, hard-working, and well-liked member of the Magic in his three seasons with them. The 25-year-old star player appeared in 177 games (41 starts) with Orlando, averaging 5.4 points and 4.4 rebounds.

Aside from the 6-foot-ten tall Jamaican forward, Knicks also signed guard Arron Afflalo, center Robin Lopez and forward Derrick Williams.

Team President Phil Jackson announced last Thursday that the players would provide the team a veteran leadership, talent and youth, along with first-round draft picks Kristaps Porzingis and Jerian Grant, will make for a very competitive team this coming year.

Afflalo, 29, averaged 13.3 points for Denver Nuggets and Portland Trail Blazers last season. The 7-foot Lopez averaged 9.6 points and 6.7 rebounds for the Trail Blazers and will provide an inside presence defensively.

General manager Steve Mills said that the Knicks addressed their primary needs this offseason by adding size and versatility.

On the other hand, the Magic officially signed the veteran backup point guard C.J. Watson to a three-year deal reportedly worth $15 million.

The 31-year-old Watson, a former Indiana Pacers point guard, is a career 38.3 percent shooter from 3-point range. During the last season with Pacers, he averaged 10.0 points, 3.6 assists and 1.8 turnovers in 57 games.

Now he’s with Magic, he will most likely back up second-year point guard Elfrid Peyton.

The Magic have yet to announce any other transactions, but more will be forthcoming. They still need to complete the signing of Jason Smith and the re-signing of Tobias Harris.