The CT Sun is a professional basketball club based in Uncasville, Connecticut. It competes in the Women’s National Basketball Association’s Eastern Conference (WNBA).
The Orlando Miracle was founded in 1999 as a sister team to the NBA’s Orlando Magic. Following the league’s expansion from 10 to twelve teams. The Mohegan Indian tribe purchased and relocated the club to Mohegan Sun in 2003. Then the team was on the verge of disbanding due to financial difficulties. They were the first Native American tribe to own a professional sports franchise. The name of the squad is derived from its relationship with Mohegan Sun. Its emblem is a modern version of an ancient Mohegan symbol.
The Sun held the distinction of being the only WNBA franchise not to share its market with an NBA team until the Seattle SuperSonics relocated in 2008, leaving the Storm as an independent team in Seattle, capitalizing on the popularity of women’s basketball in the state as a result of the success of the UConn Huskies.
In Connecticut, the Sun has qualified for the WNBA Playoffs in twelve of its eighteen seasons.
CT Sun Roster for 2022 – 23
1. Jonquel Jones – She as averaged 6.8 points, 3.7 rebounds for CT Sun
Jonquel Orthea Jones of the Connecticut Sun of the Women’s National Basketball Association is a Bahamian-Bosnian professional basketball player (WNBA). In the year 2016 WNBA Draft, she was selected with the 6th overall pick. She has also been a citizen of Bosnia and Herzegovina since May 2019. That allowed her to play for the national team.
Jones, a 6’6″ power forward/center, was a member of the Clemson and George Washington basketball teams in college. She quit the Russian squad UMMC Ekaterinburg after the Russian invasion of Ukraine in February 2022.
Jones was acquired by the CT Sun in 2016 after the Los Angeles Sparks traded her draught rights for Chelsea Gray and two draught picks. Jones was the Sun’s backup center in her rookie season. In 34 games with six starts, she averaged 6.8 points, 3.7 rebounds, and 1.1 blocks per game.
2. Dewanna Bonner – She has 13.5 points per game average CT Sun
DeWanna Bonner is a professional basketball player from the United States. She plays for the CT Sun of the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA). Bonner was a basketball player for Auburn University in college. She was picked fifth overall in the 2009 WNBA draught by the Phoenix Mercury. After a stellar collegiate career at Auburn, then was traded to the Sun 11 years later.
She was termed to the All-Freshman Team of the SEC. During the 2005–06 season, she scored in double figures in 22 games. Later led the Tigers in scoring with a 13.5 point per game average. The first time a rookie led the team in scoring since 1980–81.
Bonner was termed to the Connecticut Sun for three first-round draught selections on February 11, 2020.
3. Brionna Jones – She was awarded the “Most Improved Player Award in 2021”
Brionna Jones is an American professional basketball center who has formerly played for the Connecticut Sun of the WNBA and now for USK Prague of the Czech Women’s Basketball League. In the 2017 WNBA draught, she was termed with the eighth overall pick.
Jones was termed eighth overall in the 2017 WNBA Draft by the CT Sun.
The WNBA Bubble burst in 2020, displaying indicators of top super-star potential. Jones had a career year in 2021, averaging 14.7 points, 7.3 rebounds, 1.8 assists, and 30.6 minutes per game while starting all 32 Sun games. Her previous career highs in all four categories came with the Sun in 2020, when she averaged 11.2 points, 5.6 rebounds, 1.0 assists, and 26.1 minutes in 21 games. Jones was termed a WNBA All-Star in 2021. Jones helped the Sun end the regular season with the fourth-longest winning streak in WNBA history (.813) and the highest winning percentage in franchise history (.813). With her progress and ascension to one of the WNBA’s next big stars, Jones was termed to the WNBA’s Most Improved Player Award in 2021, as well as the All-Defensive Second Team in 2021.
4. Alyssa Thomas – Athletes in NCAAW history with six career triple-doubles
Alyssa Thomas is a professional basketball player in the United States who currently plays for the CT Sun of the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA). She was a member of the Maryland Terrapins basketball team in college. Thomas was selected fourth overall in the 2014 WNBA draught by the New York Liberty, who promptly moved her to the Sun in exchange for Tina Charles, Kelsey Bone, and a 2015 first-round selection pick. Thomas is one of only three athletes in NCAAW history with six career triple-doubles and is the all-time leader in scoring, rebounding, and double-doubles for both the women’s and men’s programs at the University of Maryland.
5. Courtney Williams – She was awarded as the WNBL Player of the Week
Courtney M. Williams is a professional basketball player in the Women’s National Basketball Association for the CT Sun (WNBA). Charlton County High School was where Williams finished her high school basketball career. She enrolled at the University of South Florida in the fall of 2012 after signing with the institution.
After a 26-point performance against the University of Canberra Capitals on November 14, 2017, Williams was chosen to the WNBL Team of the Week. Williams was termed WNBL Player of the Week the following week after posting 37 points, 15 rebounds, and 13 assists in a pair of victories. Williams was a vital part of the Perth Lynx’s remarkable 14-game winning streak, which helped the team finish first in the regular season.
6. Natisha Hiedeman – She was the highest draught pick for the Big East Conference
Natisha Hiedeman is a professional basketball player in the Women’s National Basketball Association for the Connecticut Sun (WNBA). In the 2019 WNBA Draft, she was termed with the eighth overall choice, the highest of any Marquette basketball player in school history, and the highest draught pick for the Big East Conference since re-alignment.
The Minnesota Lynx selected Hiedeman 18th overall in the 2019 WNBA Draft. Her rights were traded to the CT Sun in exchange for Lexie Brown during the drought. The Sun eventually agreed to let her go. Hiedeman was signed by the Atlanta Dream on June 19, 2019, as a EuroBasket replacement for Alex Bentley. Before Bentley’s return to the club, Hiedeman did not play for the Dream. Hiedeman was released after Bentley’s return.
7. DiJonai Carrington – The CT Sun selected her in the 2021 WNBA draft
DiJonai Carrington is a basketball player for the Connecticut Sun in the United States. She played college basketball for Stanford and then Baylor before being selected in the 2021 WNBA draught by the CT Sun.
The Connecticut Sun selected Carrington with the 20th choice in the WNBA draught in 2021. She was invited to the Sun’s training camp and secured a berth on one of the team’s 11 rosters.
8. Jasmine Thomas – Thomas was selected as the CT Sun’s starting point guard in 2015
Jasmine Thomas is a professional basketball player in the Women’s National Basketball Association. She currently plays for the Connecticut Sun (WNBA).
Thomas re-signed with the Dream in free agency in 2015. Thomas was termed to the CT Sun in return for Brittany Hrynko’s draught rights a few months later. For the first time in her career, Thomas became the Sun’s starting point guard in 2015, starting all 34 games. She continued to be the Sun’s starting point guard in the year 2016. Then she set new career highs in scoring, assists, and field goal shooting. She scored 11.7 points per possession and 5.1 assists per possession while shooting 40% from the floor.
9. Yvonne Anderso – She is a player on Serbia’s national squad
Yvonne Marche Anderson is a Serbian professional basketball player who now represents Reyer Venezia in the LBF and EuroCup Women. She was born in the United States. She is also a member of Serbia’s national squad.
Anderson is a Serbian citizen who was born in the United States and now represents the country abroad. At the University of Texas, she was a standout basketball player.
Anderson made her national team debut for Serbia on November 11, 2020, in an 82–71 win over Lithuania in the EuroBasket Women 2021 qualifiers. In her first game, she had 13 points, 4 rebounds, and 7 assists.
With the Serbian national team, she won the gold medal at the Eurobasket 2021 in Valencia in June 2021.
10. Joyner Holmes – She was in the United States under-17 Squad
Joyner Michelle Holmes is a professional basketball player in the Women’s National Basketball Association. She plays for the CT Sun (WNBA). She’s played for the New York Liberty and the Las Vegas Aces, among other teams. She was a member of the Texas Longhorns during her college basketball career.
Holmes averaged 10.6 points, 5.7 rebounds, and one assist per game for the United States under-17 squad at the 2014 FIBA U-17 World Championship. She also won a silver medal with the United States under-19 squad in the 2017 FIBA Under-19 Women’s Basketball World Cup, averaging 9 points, 8.7 rebounds, and 1.9 assists per game.
11. Stephenie Jones – A potential player who In 13 minutes, she scored 4 points in her debut
Stephanie Jones is a free-agent basketball player from the United States. She had previously played with the CT Sun and the Washington Mystics of the National Basketball Association.
Jones has a 2021 training camp contract with the Sun. In 13 minutes, she scored 4 points and grabbed 2 rebounds in her WNBA debut against the Atlanta Dream on May 14, 2021.
Jones was waived by the Connecticut Sun on May 4, 2022, and failed not to make the team’s Opening Day roster the following season.
12. Jazmine Jones – She was an honourable mention for the WBCA All-American.
Jazmine Jones is an American basketball player for the Women’s National Basketball Association’s CT Sun (WNBA). She was a member of the Louisville Cardinals of the Atlantic Coast Conference throughout her college career.
Jones appeared in a school-record 144 games at Louisville and helped the Cardinals win a school-record 125 games. As a freshman, she averaged 4.5 points and 2.6 rebounds per game. As a sophomore, Jones averaged 8.9 points per game, and as a junior, he averaged 7.6 points per game. She had 14.1 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.4 assists, and 1.5 steals per game as a senior. She was named to the All-ACC First Team, All-ACC Defensive Team, and ACC All-Tournament Team, as well as an honorable mention for the WBCA All-American.
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