Mohegan Sun’s own WNBA professional basketball team is peaking at the right time. After not even considered for the playoffs earlier in the season, the Connecticut Sun is Rising Through the WNBA Playoffs . Even after starting 0-5 this year, the Sun is one of only three teams in WNBA history to make the playoffs.
The Sun just missed its first championship last year, losing the last game in the finals. Once again, the Connecticut Sun is in the WNBA semi-finals and tonight plays the Las Vegas Aces.
Tonight, at 7:00PM (changed from 9:00PM), Your CONNECTICUT SUN play the Las Vegas Aces in Game 2 of the WNBA playoff semi-finals. Scheduled to be seen on ESPN2NETimeGambling
The Sun Has Been Rising All Season
The Sun lost 3 of 5 starters from last year’s highly successful season. Courtney Williams and Shekinna Stricklen both signed higher paying contracts with the Atlanta Dream. The Sun’s front court star Jonquel Jones opted out of the season.
However, coach and GM Curt Miller filled those spots with talented veterans – specifically DeWanna Bonner and Brianna January. With outstanding seasons from Jasmine Thomas, Alyssa Thomas, and Brionna Jones, the Sun went 10-5 in the next 15 games to qualify for the playoffs. The chemistry and family atmosphere that coach Curt Miller has strived for with this new cast of players is finally ready.
The Starting Line-Up
Jasmine Thomas – The Foundation
Jasmine, or “Jazz” as the team calls her, is the foundation of this franchise. Since she was traded here from the Atlanta Dream, Jasmine has always assumed the role of floor coach. After Curt Miller was hired as coach, Jazz was the beginning of the rebuild of the Connecticut Sun. The rest is history.
She is coming off a career-high 31 points after the Sun pummeled the Las Vegas Aces in game 1. Jasmine knows when to take over. This seasoned veteran has been dealing with plantar fasciitis in her right foot all season.
Alyssa Thomas – The Engine
Alyssa Thomas puts the Energizer Bunny to shame. If her feet are are the court, she’s a force to be reckoned with. She is considered one of the toughest players in WNBA. And, she always has the potential for a triple double – 10+ rebounds, points and assists.
DeWanner Bonner – The Glue
DeWanna brings nine years in the WNBA, two championships with the Phoenix Mercury, and a person of excellence on and off the court. She rebounds, she draws fouls, she is 6-4 and can play any position on the court. Dewanna does it all – she shoots the three, runs the point or just finds the right player for the shot.
Signing as a free agent, she now connects every Sun team player. As the glue that binds the team together, she is the experienced leadership and a proven champion the Sun were looking for.
Brionna Jones – Quiet Perseverance Personified
She’s been with the Connecticut Sun for 4 years. Brionna waited patiently to be a starter, while considered highly starting in Europe. This year, Brionna has taken advantage of Jonquel Jones opting out of this season. Steadily, she has been a strong presence under the basket. Her persistence is second to none.
Brianna January – The Important Last Piece to the Puzzle
An experienced veteran was Coach Curt Miller’s last piece of the puzzle. She chose her eleventh year in the WNBA to be with the Connecticut Sun. A defensive all-star, she won a WNBA championship under her belt with the Indiana Fever.
What’s a “Wubble?”
Usually, the summer is rockin’ with the best fans in the WNBA as part of the outstanding entertainment in Mohegan Sun Arena. But in this pandemic season, the Connecticut Sun is playing in the “Wubble.”
The term “wubble” is a spin on the NBA’s Orlando bubble. In these days of COVID-19, a quarantined bubble seems to be the answer for pro leagues to continue. Players in the WNBA have started using the term “wubble” to describe their WNBA bubble. IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida is home to the WNBA season.
So, catch the action as the Connecticut Sun is Rising Through the WNBA Playoffs.
Tonight, at 7:00PM (changed from 9:00PM), Your CONNECTICUT SUN play the Las Vegas Aces in Game 2 of the WNBA playoff semi-finals. Scheduled to be seen on ESPN2