The Womens National Basketball Associations (WNBA) Connecticut Sun worked out on the campus of Kimbel Arena Aug. 27-30, while awaiting the restart of the WNBA season after the Olympic Games. The team had two workouts and also enjoyed the sites of Myrtle Beach before facing the Charlotte Sting Wednesday, Sept. 1, in Charlotte, N.C.
"We appreciate the hospitality of Coastal Carolina University and the coaching staffs of both the mens and womens basketball teams," Sun Head Coach Mike Thibault said. "Everyone has been very accomodating and really been very friendly. This has been a good chance for us to get away and get ready for the run at the end of the season, and Coastal was a great place to do this."
The Sun currently is 13-14 on the season, good for second place in the Eastern Conference, and is one game behind the New York Liberty for first. Nykesha Sales, the former University of Connecticut star, leads the Sun with 15.8 points per game while Taj McWilliams-Franklin is averaging 12.1 points and seven rebounds a contest. Katie Douglass rounds out the double-figure scorers at 10.4 points per game. Connecticut also has a leading candidate for Rookie of the Year in Lindsay Whalen. The University of Minnesota graduate is averaging 8.4 points and 5.2 assists.
"It was a great experience for our players to see them practice," Coastal head womens basketball coach Alan LeForce said. "We enjoyed it as a coaching staff to see the next level of womens basketball. Our players saw the intangibles those players have that we need. I wish we could experience it every year."
The last game that Connecticut played was on July 31 at New York. The month break was provided to give players on the gold-medal winning United States Olympic Team a chance to play in Athens while not missing games in the WNBA.
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