Chicago PG Courtney Vandersloot sustained an injury to her left knee in Friday’s win against the New York Liberty. Vandersloot, the No. 3 overall draft pick in the 2011 draft, played 32 minutes but was 0-for-6 from the field, finishing with two points, four assists and four turnovers in the game.
An MRI confirmed a Grade III sprain of the medial collateral ligament (MCL). Vandersloot, 25, is out six to 10 weeks but will continue to travel with the team. Chicago (7-8) begins a three-game road trip at Phoenix (11-3) on Tuesday. The Sky plays at KeyArena against the Storm (7-11) on Saturday.
A former star at Gonzaga, Vandersloot was in the midst of one of her better WNBA seasons. She helped the Sky to a 5-1 start, leading the WNBA is assists (9.0) and averaging 9.5 points in May. She’s currently averaging 7.3 points and a career-best 6.3 assists.
The Sky is already dealing with the loss of All-Star Elena Delle Donne. The 2013 Rookie of the Year left the team to receive further treatment for Lyme disease. There is no timetable for her return and this is the first flare-up of the disease during her pro career. Delle Donne originally suffered the symptoms the summer after her senior year in high school.