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Encyclopedia > Connecticut Sun
Connecticut Sun
Connecticut Sun logo
Conference Eastern Conference
Founded 2003
History Orlando Miracle
(1999-2002)
Arena Mohegan Sun Arena
City Uncasville, Connecticut
Team Colors Blue, Red, Gold
Owner Mohegan Sun
General Manager Chris Sienko
Head Coach Mike Thibault
WNBA Championships 0
Conference Titles 2 (2004, 2005)
Mascot Blaze [1]

The Connecticut Sun are a Women's National Basketball Association team based in Uncasville, Connecticut. They began to play in the 2003 WNBA season. The Sun was the first WNBA franchise not to be owned by an NBA owner; the team is owned by the Mohegan Indian tribe. From 1999 to 2002, the team was known as the Orlando Miracle, playing in Orlando, Florida. Capitalizing on the popularity of women's basketball in Connecticut as a result of the success of the UConn Huskies, they have the distinction of being the only WNBA team not to share its market with an NBA team (although the Charlotte Sting were the only professional basketball team in Charlotte for two seasons from the departure of the former Charlotte Hornets to New Orleans in 2002 to the first season of the expansion Charlotte Bobcats in 2004). Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Mohegan Sun Arena is a 10,000 seat multi-purpose arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. ... Montville is a town located in New London County, Connecticut. ... The Mohegan Sun Resort and Casino located in the village of Uncasville in the town of Montville, Connecticut, U.S., is the worlds second largest casino. ... Image:MikeThibault. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Womens National Basketball Association (WNBA) is an organization governing a professional basketball league for women in the United States. ... Montville is a town located in New London County, Connecticut. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... NBA redirects here. ... The Mohegan tribe is an Algonquian-speaking tribe living in eastern (upper Thames valley) Connecticut [1] that was jointly ruled by the Pequot tribe until 1637. ... This article is about the year. ... Also see: 2002 (number). ... Nickname: Location in Orange County and the state of Florida Coordinates: , Country State Counties Orange Government  - Mayor Buddy Dyer (D) Area  - City 101 sq mi (261. ... The Connecticut Huskies, also known as the UConn Huskies, are the athletic teams of the University of Connecticut. ... Charlotte Sting logo 1997-2003 The Charlotte Sting was once a Womens National Basketball Association franchise based in Charlotte, North Carolina and it was one of the leagues eight original teams. ... The New Orleans Hornets are a professional basketball team based in New Orleans, Louisiana. ... The Charlotte Bobcats are a professional basketball team based in Charlotte, North Carolina. ...


Uniforms:

  • 2007 - Present: For home games, white with images of basic suns on the sides and Sun logo text on the chest. For away games, blue with images of basic suns on the sides and gold Sun logo text on the chest. The Sun logo is on the shorts.
  • 2004 - 2006: For home games, white with sun red on the sides and red Sun logo text on the chest. For away games, blue with sun red with gold trim on the sides and gold Sun logo text on the chest. The Sun logo is on the shorts.
  • 2003: For home games, white with sun red on the sides and red Sun logo text on the chest. For away games, pure red with gold trim on the sides and gold Sun logo text on the chest. The Sun logo is on the shorts.
  • 1999 - 2002: For home games, white with blue on the sides and shoulders and white Miracle logo text on the chest. For away games, blue with white on the sides and white Miracle logo text on the chest. The Miracle logo is on the shorts.

Contents

Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ... Also see: 2002 (number). ...

Franchise History

The Orlando Miracle Years (1999-2002)

Orlando Miracle

The city of Orlando was granted an expansion franchise in 1999, and the Orlando Miracle would take the floor for the 1999 season. The Miracle would play their games at TD Waterhouse Centre as the sister team of the NBA Orlando Magic. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... The TD Waterhouse Centre (formerly Orlando Arena and unofficially known as the O-Rena) is a indoor arena in Orlando, Florida. ... The National Basketball Association of the United States and Canada, commonly known as the NBA, is the premier professional basketball league in North America. ... The Orlando Magic is a professional basketball team based in Orlando, Florida. ...


The Miracle posted respectable records in their four years of existence (1999-2002). The Miracle would make the playoffs once, in 2000, and lost in the first round against the Cleveland Rockers. In 2001, the Miracle would take a step backwards, but they hosted a very successful 2001 WNBA All-Star Game. In 2002, the Miracle would post a 16-16 (.500) record, tying for the final playoff spot with the Indiana Fever. But, the Miracle had lost the tie-breaker, so they barely missed the playoffs. Little did anyone know that the 2002 season would prove to be the Miracle's last in Orlando (See below). The Cleveland Rockers were a Womens National Basketball Association team. ... The Indiana Fever is a professional womens basketball team that plays in the Womens National Basketball Association (WNBA). ...


Relocation to Connecticut

After the 2002 WNBA Season, the NBA sold off all of the WNBA franchises to the operators of the teams. Orlando Magic ownership was not interested in keeping the Miracle. The team would need to find other ownership or fold. No local ownership was found, so in October of 2002, the Miracle announced their intentions to move out of Orlando, Florida. On January 28, 2003, The Miracle were bought by the Mohegan Sun Native American Tribe, and it was announced that the Miracle would move immediately to Uncasville, Connecticut. Also see: 2002 (number). ... Nickname: Location in Orange County and the state of Florida Coordinates: , Country State Counties Orange Government  - Mayor Buddy Dyer (D) Area  - City 101 sq mi (261. ... is the 28th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... The Mohegan Sun Resort and Casino located in the village of Uncasville in the town of Montville, Connecticut, U.S., is the worlds second largest casino. ... Montville is a town located in New London County, Connecticut. ...


The Connecticut Sun (2003-Present)

The Miracle would undergo a total overhall. The team was renamed the Connecticut Sun, and received new team colors. The team would then acquire former University of Connecticut star Rebecca Lobo. The Sun would lose their first ever game in Connecticut, 79 to 72, to the Houston Comets. But, the Sun would have a stellar season, posting an 18-16 record, good enough to make the playoffs. In the first round, the Sun would win their first playoff series in franchise (includes the Orlando years) history, sweeping the Charlotte Sting 2-0. But, in the East finals, the Sun would be swept by the Detroit Shock, who were on their way to a championship. The University of Connecticut is the State of Connecticuts land-grant university. ... Rebecca Rose Lobo (born October 6, 1973 in Southwick, Massachusetts) is an American television basketball analyst and a former player in the professional Womens National Basketball Association (WNBA) from 1997 to 2003. ... The Houston Comets are a Womens National Basketball Association team based in Houston, Texas. ... Charlotte Sting logo 1997-2003 The Charlotte Sting was once a Womens National Basketball Association franchise based in Charlotte, North Carolina and it was one of the leagues eight original teams. ... The Detroit Shock is a Womens National Basketball Association team based in Detroit, Michigan. ...


In 2004 they drafted Minnesota Golden Gophers star Lindsay Whalen amidst rumors they would trade her to the Minnesota Lynx. However, she remained on the team, as the Sun posted an 18-16 record, in a terrible Eastern Conference, and winning the #1 seed. In the first round, the Sun would defeat the Washington Mystics 2-1. In the East Finals, the Sun would roll on, sweeping the New York Liberty. The Sun had made it to the WNBA Finals in their second season of existence. In the Finals, their run would end, as they lost a hard-fought series three-game series 2-1 to the Seattle Storm. Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Minnesota Golden Gophers are the college sports team for the University of Minnesota. ... Lindsay Marie Whalen (born May 9, 1982 in Hutchinson, Minnesota) is a professional basketball player. ... The Minnesota Lynx are a Womens National Basketball Association (WNBA) team based in Minneapolis, Minnesota and play their home games at the Target Center. ... The Washington Mystics are a Womens National Basketball Association team based in Washington, DC. They started play in 1998, the second year of the WNBA and are one of the WNBAs first expansion franchises. ... The New York Liberty is a Womens National Basketball Association (WNBA) team based in New York City. ... WNBA Championship Trophy The WNBA Finals is the championship series of the Womens National Basketball Association (WNBA), played under a best-of-five playoff format. ... The Seattle Storm is a Womens National Basketball Association (WNBA) team based in Seattle, Washington. ...


In 2005, the Sun acquired center Margo Dydek. With a dominant center, the hungry Sun would dominate the Eastern Conference, posting a 26-8 record, the best regular season record for an Eastern conference team in WNBA history. [2] In the playoffs, the Sun would fly to the WNBA Finals, sweeping the Detroit Shock and Indiana Fever. In the 2005 WNBA Finals, the Sun were matched up against an equally dominant Sacramento Monarchs team. Also working against the Sun, Lindsay Whalen played through the series with injuries. The Sun had home-court advantage, but it would be of no use, as the Sun lost the Finals for the second straight year 3 games to 1, in the first WNBA Finals played in a best of 5 format. Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Małgorzata Dydek (born on 28 April 1974 in Poznań, Poland), known as Margo Dydek in the United States, is an international professional basketball player. ... The Detroit Shock is a Womens National Basketball Association team based in Detroit, Michigan. ... The Indiana Fever is a professional womens basketball team that plays in the Womens National Basketball Association (WNBA). ... The Sacramento Monarchs is a Womens National Basketball Association (WNBA) team based in Sacramento, California. ... Lindsay Marie Whalen (born May 9, 1982 in Hutchinson, Minnesota) is a professional basketball player. ...


In 2006, the Sun would match their 2005 record, and it looked like a return trip to the Finals was certain. In the playoffs, the Sun would quickly sweep the Mystics. But in the Eastern Conference Finals, the Sun were upset by one of their nemesis', the Detroit Shock, 2 games to 1. The Detroit Shock is a Womens National Basketball Association team based in Detroit, Michigan. ...


In 2007, the Sun took a step backwards record-wise, posting a 19-16 record. It was enough to win the #3 seed in the Eastern Conference. In the playoffs, the Sun would face the Indiana Fever in the first round. The Sun had beaten the Fever many times in the regular season and the playoffs in years past, creating a fierce rivalry between the two teams. The Sun would win game 1 at home, blowing out the Fever. But, with their backs against the wall, the Fever would rally and win games 2 & 3 in Indiana, ending the Sun's 2007 season. The Indiana Fever is a professional womens basketball team that plays in the Womens National Basketball Association (WNBA). ...


Since moving to Connecticut, the team has been a huge success both on and off the court. The team's attendance has risen each year since its arrival in Connecticut, and in 2005 the Sun hosted the 2005 WNBA All-Star game. Along with the New York Liberty, the Sun are one of the most successful teams in the WNBA yet to win a championship. The Sun also have three main rivals, the Shock, the Fever, and the Liberty.


Season-by-Season Records

Note: W = Wins, L = Losses, % = Win-Loss %

Season W L  % Playoffs Results
Orlando Miracle
1999 15 17 .469
2000 16 16 .500 Lost First Round Cleveland 2, Orlando 1
2001 13 19 .406
2002 16 16 .500
Connecticut Sun
2003 18 16 .529 Won First Round
Lost Conference Finals
Connecticut 2, Charlotte 0
Detroit 2, Connecticut 0
2004 18 16 .529 Won First Round
Won Conference Finals
Lost WNBA Finals
Connecticut 2, Washington 1
Connecticut 2, New York 0
Seattle 2, Connecticut 1
2005 26 8 .765 Won First Round
Won Conference Finals
Lost WNBA Finals
Connecticut 2, Detroit 0
Connecticut 2, Indiana 0
Sacramento 3, Connecticut 1
2006 26 8 .765 Won First Round
Lost Conference Finals
Connecticut 2, Washington 0
Detroit 2, Connecticut 1
2007 19 16 .543 Lost First Round Indiana 2, Connecticut 1
Totals 167 132 .559
Playoffs 16 12 .571

Stats updated September 15, 2007 The Cleveland Rockers were a Womens National Basketball Association team. ... Charlotte Sting logo 1997-2003 The Charlotte Sting was once a Womens National Basketball Association franchise based in Charlotte, North Carolina and it was one of the leagues eight original teams. ... The Detroit Shock is a Womens National Basketball Association team based in Detroit, Michigan. ... The Washington Mystics are a Womens National Basketball Association team based in Washington, DC. They started play in 1998, the second year of the WNBA and are one of the WNBAs first expansion franchises. ... The New York Liberty is a Womens National Basketball Association (WNBA) team based in New York City. ... The Seattle Storm is a Womens National Basketball Association (WNBA) team based in Seattle, Washington. ... The Detroit Shock is a Womens National Basketball Association team based in Detroit, Michigan. ... The Indiana Fever is a professional womens basketball team that plays in the Womens National Basketball Association (WNBA). ... The Sacramento Monarchs is a Womens National Basketball Association (WNBA) team based in Sacramento, California. ... The Washington Mystics are a Womens National Basketball Association team based in Washington, DC. They started play in 1998, the second year of the WNBA and are one of the WNBAs first expansion franchises. ... The Detroit Shock is a Womens National Basketball Association team based in Detroit, Michigan. ... The Indiana Fever is a professional womens basketball team that plays in the Womens National Basketball Association (WNBA). ...


Players of note

Hall of Famers

none


Retired numbers

none


Not to be forgotten

Debbie Black on the Connecticut Sun Debbie Black (born July 29, 1966, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an assistant coach for the Ohio State Universitys womens basketball team and a former professional basketball player. ... The Ohio State University (OSU) is a coeducational public research university in the state of Ohio. ... Rebecca Rose Lobo (born October 6, 1973 in Southwick, Massachusetts) is an American television basketball analyst and a former player in the professional Womens National Basketball Association (WNBA) from 1997 to 2003. ... Carla McGhee was born on March 06, 1968. ... Taj McWilliams-Franklin on the Connecticut Sun Taj McWilliams-Franklin (born on October 20, 1970 in El Paso, Texas) is a professional basketball player. ... Erin Phillips on the Connecticut Sun Erin Victoria Phillips (born May 19, 1985) is an Australian professional womens basketball player. ...

Current Roster

Connecticut Sun
Current Roster
Head Coach: Mike Thibault Edit
Pos. No. Name College/Country
G-F 9 Flag of Greece Evanthia Maltsi Greece
G 10 Flag of the United States Jamie Carey Texas
G 23 Flag of the United States Cori Chambers (IL) Georgia
F-C 41 Flag of Brazil Erika de Souza Brazil
G-F 32 Flag of the United States Katie Douglas Purdue
C 12 Flag of Poland Margo Dydek Poland
F 21 Flag of the United States Kamesha Hairston Temple
F 15 Flag of the United States Asjha Jones Connecticut
F 34 Flag of the United States Megan Mahoney Kansas State
F 52 Flag of the United States Kristen Rasmussen Michigan State
F-G 42 Flag of the United States Nykesha Sales Connecticut
G 13 Flag of the United States Lindsay Whalen Minnesota
F 43 Flag of the United States Le'coe Willingham Auburn
(IL) - Inactive List

Image:MikeThibault. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Greece. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Jamie Carey (born March 12, 1981 in Hutchinson, Kansas) is a basketball player. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Brazil. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Katie Douglas on the Connecticut Sun Kathryn Elizabeth Douglas (born on May 7, 1979 in Indianapolis, Indiana) is a professional basketball player for the Connecticut Sun in the WNBA. Her primary position is shooting guard. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Poland. ... Małgorzata Dydek (born on 28 April 1974 in Poznań, Poland), known as Margo Dydek in the United States, is an international professional basketball player. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Kamesha Hairston (born August 18, 1985 in Toledo, Ohio) is an American professional basketball player in the WNBA, currently playing for the Connecticut Sun. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Asjha Jones on the Connecticut Sun Asjha Takera Jones (born on August 1, 1980 in Piscataway, New Jersey) is a professional basketball player. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Nykesha Sales on the Connecticut Sun Nykesha Simone Sales (born May 10, 1976 in Bloomfield, Connecticut) is a professional basketball player for the Connecticut Sun in the WNBA. Her primary position is the small forward. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Lindsay Marie Whalen (born May 9, 1982 in Hutchinson, Minnesota) is a professional basketball player. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ...

Coaches and others

Head Coaches:

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Trivia

  • In 2006 the Connecticut Sun named all 5 starters to the WNBA Eastern Conference All-Star team: Douglas, Dydek, McWilliams-Franklin, Sales, and Whalen. This feat had never before been achieved in NBA history.

External links

  • Sun website
  • Official CT Announcement Transcript
Women's National Basketball Association
Eastern Conference Western Conference
Chicago Sky | Connecticut Sun | Detroit Shock | Indiana Fever | New York Liberty | Washington Mystics Houston Comets | Los Angeles Sparks | Minnesota Lynx | Phoenix Mercury | Sacramento Monarchs | San Antonio Silver Stars | Seattle Storm
Defunct teams: Charlotte Sting | Cleveland Rockers | Miami Sol | Portland Fire
Media: WNBA on ESPN | List of WNBA Finals broadcasters
Other Women's Leagues: National Women's Basketball League | Women's National Basketball League (Australia)

</noinclude> The Womens National Basketball Association (WNBA) is an organization governing a professional basketball league for women in the United States. ... The Chicago Sky are a current Womens National Basketball Association (WNBA) team based in Chicago, Illinois. ... The Detroit Shock is a Womens National Basketball Association team based in Detroit, Michigan. ... The Indiana Fever is a professional womens basketball team that plays in the Womens National Basketball Association (WNBA). ... The New York Liberty is a Womens National Basketball Association (WNBA) team based in New York City. ... The Washington Mystics are a Womens National Basketball Association team based in Washington, DC. They started play in 1998, the second year of the WNBA and are one of the WNBAs first expansion franchises. ... The Houston Comets are a Womens National Basketball Association team based in Houston, Texas. ... The Los Angeles Sparks are a Womens National Basketball Association team based in Los Angeles, California. ... The Minnesota Lynx are a Womens National Basketball Association (WNBA) team based in Minneapolis, Minnesota and play their home games at the Target Center. ... The Phoenix Mercury is a Womens National Basketball Association (WNBA) team based in Phoenix, Arizona and the current WNBA champions. ... The Sacramento Monarchs is a Womens National Basketball Association (WNBA) team based in Sacramento, California. ... The San Antonio Silver Stars is a team in the Womens National Basketball Association (WNBA) based in San Antonio, Texas. ... The Seattle Storm is a Womens National Basketball Association (WNBA) team based in Seattle, Washington. ... Charlotte Sting logo 1997-2003 The Charlotte Sting was once a Womens National Basketball Association franchise based in Charlotte, North Carolina and it was one of the leagues eight original teams. ... The Cleveland Rockers were a Womens National Basketball Association team. ... The Miami Sol was a womens Basketball team which joined the Womens National Basketball Association in 2000. ... The Portland Fire joined the Womens National Basketball Association in 2000 as the counterpart to the National Basketball Association team the Portland Trailblazers. ... The WNBA on ESPN refers to the presentation of Womens National Basketball Association games on the ESPN family of networks. ... The following is a list of the television networks and announcers that have broadcasted the WNBA Finals. ... The National Womens Basketball League or NWBL is an organization governing basketball leagues for women in the United States. ... The Womens National Basketball League (WNBL) is the premier womens basketball league in Australia. ...


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