Elena Delle Donne and the Sky are one of the WNBA’s best rebounding teams. | Associated Press

Rebounding pushing Delle Donne, Sky to wins

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If the Sky make the WNBA Finals again it won’t with a losing record like last year. And a big reason is their rebounding.

Their 66-64 win Sunday over the Washington Mystics was the Sky’s 17th of the year, assuring them only their second non-losing season. They can clinch their second winning season Saturday against Atlanta.

Beyond the play of Elena Delle Donne and Cappie Pondexter, one key has been their rebounding. Even without Sylvia Fowles, they entered play Wednesday second at 36.9 rebounds per game, behind only New York (37.1). They are also tied with New York for the most defensive rebounds per game at 27.0.

Save the dates

The 2015-16 AHL schedule will be released Thursday. The Wolves already know their opener is Saturday, Oct. 10, while the Rockford IceHogs’ is set for Saturday, Oct. 17.

When the Wolves open their season it will be without Adam Cracknell, after the 30-year-old forward signed a deal Tuesday with the Vancouver Canucks. Cracknell spent parts of the last two seasons with the Wolves, scoring 25 points in 28 games during the 2013-14 campaign, and then 13 points in 22 games last season.

On Monday they brought back defenseman Jeremie Blain, who played 25 games for the Wolves during the 2012-13 season.

Playoff bound

The Red Stars clinched their first National Women’s Soccer League playoff berth Sunday with a 0-0 draw against the Western New York Flash. Entering play Wednesday night, the Red Stars (7-3-8, 29 points) were second in the nine-team league, seven points behind first-place Seattle. They have two games remaining in the regular season and play Saturday at Western New York.

The Red Stars conclude their schedule Sunday, Sept. 6 when they host Houston at Toyota Park before starting the postseason.

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