Atlanta Dream rookie guard Chennedy Carter will be out approximately two weeks, the team announced Tuesday, after she injured her left ankle during Monday's 93-82 loss to the Connecticut Sun in Bradenton, Florida.
The Dream did not specify the exact nature of the injury. Carter played just over 3 minutes before she was hurt.
Carter, the No. 4 draft pick, came into Tuesday's game averaging a team-high 19.4 points per game and is considered one of the top candidates for the WNBA Rookie of the Year award. She became the youngest player in WNBA history to hit the 30-point mark on Aug. 6, scoring 35 points against the Seattle Storm.
The WNBA is playing a 22-game regular season. If Carter is out through Aug. 25, she'll miss six games. The WNBA's No. 1 pick, the New York Liberty's Sabrina Ionescu, is also out with an ankle injury suffered July 31 and might not return this season.
The Dream got an addition Monday in center Kalani Brown, who made her season debut after recovering from the coronavirus. The second-year player out of Baylor had 13 points and four rebounds. But the Dream (2-6) still lost their fifth game in a row, turning the ball over 19 times.
"We're going to turn it over more if Chennedy's not on the floor," Dream coach Nicki Collen said. "She puts pressure on the defense. We had trouble at times initiating offense and getting open."
Atlanta had two veteran guards, Renee Montgomery and Tiffany Hayes, opt out this season. With Carter injured, point guard duties for the Dream will need to be handled mainly by Blake Dietrick, with Courtney Williams and Alexis Jones also filling in at that spot.