Ct Sun of the WNBA
Ct Sun of the WNBA

The Connecticut Sun are getting ready for their WNBA season, opening its 14th training camp on today. They first started as the sister franchise to the Orlando Magic in 1999, as the Orlando Miracle.  But, in 2003, they relocated to Connecticut and their home at Mohegan Sun.  Despite winning two Eastern Division Championships, the last five years have been tough to watch.

  • The problems have mounted over those years, such as:
  • the leaving of great veteran players like Lyndsey Whalen, Kara Lawson, Tina Charles and Aisa Jones to name a few….
  • the sputtering leadership of Ann Donovan, coach for three years and the people skills of a rock
  • Season injuries to key players the likes of Chiney Ogwumike, Ali Hightower and Kelsey Griffin, and the retirement of Katie Douglas.
Chiney Ogwumike two years ago rookie of the year, is BACK!
Chiney Ogwumike two years ago rookie of the year, is BACK!

But, this year, Chiney is back, and ready to go.  And a new coach is at the helm – Curt Miller.

Curt Miller, new coach of the CT Sun
Curt Miller, new coach of the CT Sun

For more information, click on the previous post titled ” Connecticut Sun Welcomes New Coach.”

Among the participants in this year’s camp under new head coach Curt Miller are returning players Kelsey Bone, Kelly Faris, Chiney Ogwumike, Shekinna Stricklen, Alyssa Thomas and Jasmine Thomas.

Kelsey Bone returns after emerging as one of the top centers in the WNBA
Kelsey Bone returns after emerging as one of the top centers in the WNBA

Joining them are draftees Rachel Banham, Aliyyah Handford, Jonquel Jones, Morgan Tuck and Jamie Weisner as well as free agent signees Heather Butler, Victoria Macaulay and Jennifer O’Neill.  Overseas commitments have delayed the arrival of veterans Alex Bentley and Camille Little along with Aneika Henry.

While having the youngest team in the league, this season at Mohegan Sun has a different excitement to it – fresh, full of hope.

UConn's Morgan Tuck was the Sun's 1st pick.
UConn’s Morgan Tuck was the Sun’s 1st pick.

Tickets are available for the entire season, in many different plans – Season Tickets, Mini Plans where you can make a package that works for you, and discount group tickets. Click HERE for more details.

Sun top three draft picks, all in the first round.
Sun top three draft picks, all in the first round.

The Connecticut Sun landed three of the first six picks in the 2016 WNBA Draft  by selecting former UConn star forward Morgan Tuck at No. 3, University of Minnesota guard Rachel Banham at No. 4 (regarded as the best 3-point shooted out of college), then engineered a trade with the Los Angeles Sparks acquiring 6-foot-6 George Washington forward Jonquel Jones and the 17th overall pick, one of the best “bigs” in the country.

New Uniforms, new sponsor (from last year)
New Uniforms, new sponsor (from last year)

So come see the Connecticut Sun at the Mohegan Sun Arena this summer.  A new coach, new informs, new and talented players, and the enthusiasm that’s going to rock the best arena in the Northeast.

Binbin

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