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Sky’s Kamilla Cardoso Set to Make WNBA Debut vs. Caitlin Clark, Fever After Harm

Julia Stumbaugh May 31, 2024 Melissa Tamez/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images Chicago Sky rookie Kamilla Cardoso is set to make her WNBA debut Saturday against Caitlin Clark and the Indiana Fever. The Sky listed Cardoso as “probable/available” Friday evening, and the Chicago Tribune’s Julia Poe reported that she is “expected” to play. Cardoso has been

Sky’s Kamilla Cardoso Set to Make WNBA Debut vs. Caitlin Clark, Fever After Harm

Julia StumbaughCould 31, 2024

CHICAGO, IL - MAY 25: Kamilla Cardoso #10 of the Chicago Sky looks on prior to the start of a WNBA game against the Connecticut Sun on May 25, 2024 at Wintrust Arena in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Melissa Tamez/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

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Chicago Sky rookie Kamilla Cardoso is ready to make her WNBA debut Saturday in opposition to Caitlin Clark and the Indiana Fever.

The Sky listed Cardoso as “possible/accessible” Friday night, and the Chicago Tribune‘s Julia Poe reported that she is “anticipated” to play.

Cardoso has been sidelined for the primary six video games of the season since struggling a shoulder harm Could 3 in a preseason contest.

She and teammate Angel Reese may play collectively for the primary time when the sport ideas off at 12 p.m. ET in Indianapolis.

Cardoso is becoming a member of the Sky after serving to lead South Carolina to an undefeated championship season because the Ultimate 4 Most Excellent Participant.

She averaged 14.4 factors, 9.7 rebounds and a pair of.5 blocks per sport in her senior school season previous to getting into the draft.

The 6-foot-7 middle made her WNBA preseason debut in opposition to the Minnesota Lynx, recording six factors, 4 rebounds and two blocks in 13 minutes.

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She suffered the harm throughout a collision that she later mentioned pressured her shoulder into “an unnatural place midway down her arm,” Poe wrote.

Cardoso set June 1 as her goal date to return on a Could 21 Instagram livestream, in response to ESPN. Head coach Teresa Weatherspoon later confirmed that date.

She returned to observe that very same day in a restricted capability, per ESPN. Weatherspoon mentioned she was “ache free” as of Tuesday, and that she resumed taking contact in observe this week, Poe reported.

Chicago additionally listed Isabelle Harrison as possible/accessible for Saturday’s sport. The veteran ahead is trying to make her return after present process knee surgery final Could.

The Sky have up to now pieced collectively a 3-3 file with a beginning rotation largely consisting of Marina Mabrey, Dana Evans, Diamond DeShields, Elizabeth Williams and Reese. Including Harrison and Cardoso as choices may present the frontcourt increase this staff must climb the WNBA standings.

Reese has established herself as probably the greatest rookies within the WNBA in Cardoso’s absence. She turned the third participant in league history to seize 15 offensive rebounds by three video games earlier than recording her first pro double-double Tuesday.

Clark and the Los Angeles Sparks’ Cameron Brink are additionally establishing themselves as early WNBA Rookie of the 12 months candidates, however Cardoso could possibly be set to problem them if she is ready to translate her rebounding skills to the professionals.

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