Atlanta Dream center Erika de Souza has been named by WNBA President Laurel J. Richie to replace injured Eastern Conference All-Star Elena Delle Donne of the Chicago Sky in the WNBA All-Star Game.
For de Souza, 31, a former Connecticut Sun player, this will this be her second All-Star appearance. The native of Brazil previously participated in the 2009 All-Star event, also held at Mohegan Sun Arena. Her seven double-doubles are tied for third in the WNBA and she ranks fifth in the league in both rebounding (9.1 rpg) and blocks (1.81 bpg).
Delle Donne – the first rookie in WNBA history to earn the top spot among vote-getters in All-Star fan-voting – will be unable to attend the All-Star Game after suffering a concussion on Wednesday during the Sky’s road loss to the Washington Mystics.
Eastern Conference Head coach Lin Dunn will select a player to start in place of Delle Donne.