Elena Delle Donne had one of the best performances in WNBA history in leading the Chicago Sky to a thrilling win her last time out.
She could be on her way to another high-scoring outing in a matchup with the defensively challenged Indiana Fever, that is, if she doesn't end up on the bench with her team well ahead like the last time they met.
Delle Donne looks to lead the high-powered Sky to a third win of the season over the Fever on Friday night in Indianapolis.
Delle Donne recorded the sixth-highest point total with a career-best 45 in Wednesday's 100-96 overtime win over Atlanta. She finished six shy of the league record but set one WNBA mark by making 19 consecutive free throws.
Delle Donne is one of the league's top foul shooters at 97.1 percent and is averaging a WNBA-best 31.6 points. She's already racked up 221 points, the most through seven games in league history.
Against the Dream, Delle Donne also came up big defensively, blocking a late 3-point attempt by Angel McCoughtry as the Sky (4-3) won back-to-back games for the first time.
''We just wanted to win,'' said Delle Donne, who had 11 rebounds for a third consecutive double-double. ''At this point, being 3-3, we wanted to show that we could be consistent and put two wins together. So, that was the biggest focus. It wasn't even about who the opponent was or what happened in that last game. We needed a win, and we were desperate for one.''
Half of Chicago's wins have come against Indiana (3-5), and they've both been blowouts. That shouldn't come as a surprise considering the Sky are the league's highest-scoring team at 88.4 points per game and the Fever are allowing a league-worst 82.5.
In the season opener, Delle Donne had 31 points as Chicago outscored Indiana 50-32 in the paint in a 95-72 victory June 5. The Sky dominated again in Indiana nine days later, building a 32-point halftime lead in a 98-72 win. Delle Donne sat most of the fourth quarter with the outcome already decided, finishing with 24 points in 25 minutes. She has played at least 33 minutes in every other game.
The Fever followed that embarrassing defeat with consecutive wins before losing to Washington 87-75 on Saturday. Briann January and Lynetta Kizer had 14 points apiece for Indiana, which allowed the Mystics to shoot 51.7 percent and make 10 of 22 from 3-point range.
"We can't be late to our coverages. We can't miss our coverages. We have to be there," coach Stephanie White said. "We might be a step slow, but we have to get there."
With one more meeting - in Chicago on Aug. 4 - Indiana is in danger of losing a season series to the Sky for the first time.