November 12, 2020 

Satou Sabally contracts COVID-19

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Sabally contracted virus in the midst of overseas play

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Dallas Wings forward Satou Sabally talks remotely with the media from IMG Academy, Bradenton, Florida, USA on July 11, 2020. Screen capture courtesy of Chris Poss.

The WNBA season is behind us and most players are playing overseas with other teams, but Dallas Wings forward Satou Sabally had her overseas play halted due to contracting COVID-19 prior to getting to play with the German National Team, she wrote on Instagram.

In her rookie season in the WNBA, Sabally averaged 13.9 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.5 assists. The Wings fell just one win short of the playoffs and Sabally finished as runner-up for the Rookie of the Year award.

This news comes out just a week after Sabally was selected as the top German playing abroad in last week’s games.

“Thank you to everyone who has reached out to check in on me,” Sabally said. “I recently tested positive for COVID and have been in quarantine. Thankfully, I’m through the worst of it and feeling much better. Unfortunately, given the timing, I won’t be able to join the German National Team this break. Of course I will be cheering them on from home. I plan to travel to back to Turkey once it is safe to do so.”

Sabally received and outpouring of get-well messages from her peers after her announcement on Instagram.

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