CONWAY, S.C.The Connecticut Sun of the Womens National Basketball Association (WNBA) worked out on the campus of Coastal Carolina University August 14-16 in preparation for the WNBA playoffs that start on Friday, August 18. The Sun worked out Tuesday and Wednesday morning, while enjoying the sites of Myrtle Beach in their off time.
Connecticut visits the Coastal campus for the third straight season. In 2004, the Sun worked out for two days at the end of the WNBAs month-long break for the 2004 Athens Summer Olympics. Last year, Connecticut made a similar three-day trip before the playoffs. Connecticut made it to the WNBA Finals in 2005.
"Its just turned out to be a great fit," Connecticut Sun head coach Mike Thibault said. "Everybody here is a great host. We have a good facility to practice in. You cant beat the weather, other than the first year when had the tail of a hurricane here.
"For us, in preparing for the playoffs, I try to limit distractions. At home, we have way too many distractions, more than on the road. The players look at this as a chance to refocus, get some energy back and get some time together off the court, so its been a great bonding experience for us. Weve kind of made it a tradition."
The Sun won the Eastern Division and had the best regular-season record in the WNBA at 26-8. The Sun came to Myrtle Beach from Detroit and will leave to go to Washington, D.C., for a first-round matchup against the Washington Mystics. Game one will be Friday at 7 p.m., while game two and the if necessary game three will take place at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Conn.
Katie Douglas currently leads the Sun, averaging 16.4 points per game. She also is hitting on a team-best 42.2 percent from three-point range. Connecticut has four players averaging in double figures and Taj McWilliams-Franklin averages 12.8 points and a team-leading 9.6 rebounds a game. Lindsay Whalen leads the team with 4.6 assists per contest.
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