We have an insatiable need for sports in New England. Frankly, we’ve become quite spoiled with so many championships from the Patriots, Red Sox, Bruins, and Celtics. But there is another franchise on the rise. Mohegan Sun’s own professional basketball team just missed its first championship last year, the finals’ last game. Once again, the Connecticut Sun is playoff-bound in WNBA Wubble.
The WNBA postseason will begin for the Connecticut Sun on Tuesday, September 15th (tonight) with a first-round single-elimination games at 7 p.m. ET. The Connecticut Sun vs the Chicago Sky and can be seen on ESPN 2
CONNECTICUT SUN IS PLAYOFF BOUND IN THE WNBA WUBBLE
Usually, the summer is rockin’ with the best fans in the WNBA as part of the outstanding entertainment in Mohegan Sun Arena. The Connecticut Sun is one of only three teams to make the playoffs after starting 0-5 this year.
Originally added to the WNBA in 1999, this franchise was the Orlando Miracle. However, the Orlando Miracle relocated to Uncasville, CT, for the 2003 season. Mohegan Sun became the first franchise in league history to be owned independently. All home games are played at Mohegan Sun Arena – when not in the “Wubble.”
What’s a “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 pro leagues’ answer 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.
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 frontcourt 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.
Connecticut is Center of Women’s Basketball
In the little-known town of Storrs, Connecticut, a successful Women’s Basketball program at UConn. Geno Auriemma’s program has won a record 11 NCAA Division I National Championships, a women’s record four in a row, from 2013 through 2016, plus over 40 conference regular season and tournament championships. Connecticut is truly the women’s basketball capital of the world.
If you were to look at the WNBA team rosters, all but three have UConn graduates. Half of the WNBA teams have two or more UConn graduates on their roster, and almost 10% of the entire WNBA players have UConn as their alma mater.
Tuesday, September 15th, the WNBA playoffs start at 7 p.m. ET. A one game elimination will decide who moves on – the Chicago Sky, or YOUR CONNECTICUT SUN!