Summerton Reaches Agreement With Sun

Laura SummertonUNCASVILLE, CT. (February 24, 2006) — The Connecticut Sun announced the signing of forward Laura Summerton to a one-year contract Friday.

As per team policy, no terms were released.

A 6-foot-2 Australian who played limited minutes for the Sun last season, Summerton averaged 15.1 points and 8.5 rebounds per game for Adelaide of the WNBL this winter. She finished in the top 10 in both scoring and rebounding average for Australia’s top professional women’s basketball league.

“Laura was one of our most improved players last year,” Connecticut Sun coach Mike Thibault said of the 22-year-old Summerton. “The experience she gained should be invaluable to her continued growth and contribution to our team. In reality, compared to American players, she would just be finishing her college career. Our plan is to use her at all three frontline positions in training camp, allowing her to take advantage of her speed and athleticism.”

Summerton was recently selected to play for the Australian National Team in the 2006 Commonwealth Games, which will be held in Melbourne from March 15-26. Her teammates will include WNBA veterans Lauren Jackson and Tully Bevilaqua.