Meet The New Faces of Training Camp

At the beginning of every WNBA season, teams run a training camp. Each year, there are new faces on the roster during camp. These players are competing for a spot on the team. On May 2nd, the roster will be cut down from 18 to 15 players. A final roster will be determined on May 19th. Meet the new faces in the Sun training camp for this year:


Monique Coker

#23

Position: Forward/Center Height: 6-2
College: Old Dominion ’04Weight: 180
Birthdate: November 28, 1982High School: Monsignor Scanlon (Bronx, N.Y.)
Transaction: Signed by the Sun to a free agent contract on March 15, 2006.
Experience: Played for Raanana Hertzliya of FIBA’s Europe Cup during the 2005-06 season.
2006 FIBA Statistics: Averaged 21.2 points, 11.8 rebounds and 2.6 steals in 19 games.


Katie Cronin

#33

Position: ForwardHeight: 6-0
College: Colorado State ‘99Weight: N/A
Birthdate: September 8, 1977High School: Horizon (Thornton, Colorado)
Transaction: Signed by the Sun to a training camp contract on April 6. 2006. Experience: Played for the Colorado Chill on the NWBL during the past offseason. 2006 NWBL Statistics: Averaged 11.4 points, 7.2 rebounds, 3.4 assists and two steals in 21 games.


Candace Futrell

#21

Position: GuardHeight: 5-10
College: Duquesne ‘04Weight: 154
Birthdate: July 10, 1982High School: Altoona (Pa.)
Transactions: Selected by the Sun in the third round (29th overall) of the 2004 WNBA Draft. Experience: Candace is actually a familiar face in Connecticut. She played for the Sun during the 2004 season. She missed the 2005 season after she underwent surgery to repair an injury to her right ankle suffered while she was playing in Israel. During the 2005-06 offseason, she played for Ceyhan Belediye in Turkey. 2006 Overseas Statistics: Averaged 9.8 points, five rebounds, 1.1 assists and 1.3 steals.


Donna Loffhagen

#9

Position: ForwardHeight: 6-2
Country: New ZealandCollege: Southern Institute of Technology
Weight: 183Birthdate: April 29, 1978
Transactions: Signed by the Sun to a free agent contract on February 27, 2006. Experience: Captain of the New Zealand National Team, the Tall Ferns. National Team Statistics: Averaged 11.4 points and 9.3 rebounds in 18 games.


Megan Mahoney

#24

Position: GuardHeight: 6-0
College: Kansas State ‘05Weight: N/A
Birthdate: February 18, 1983High School: Sturgis Brown (Sturgis, S.D.)
Transaction: Selected by the Sun in the third round (34th overall) of the 2005 WNBA Draft. Experience: Played with Haukar in Iceland of FIBA’s Europe Cup. College Statistics: Averaged 10.1 points, 6.2 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 1.4 steals in her college career.


Debbie Merrill

#50

Position: Forward/CenterHeight: 6-1
College: Ohio State ’06Weight: N/A
Birthdate: January 6, 1983High School: Montgomery (Tenn.)
Transaction: Selected by the Sun in the second round (28th overall) of the 2006 WNBA Draft. Experience: Transferred from the University of Cincinnati to Ohio State after her junior year. College Statistics: Averaged 14.5 points, 7.4 rebounds and 2.1 assists during college career.


Marita Payne

#1

Position: CenterHeight: 6-5
Country: AustraliaCollege: Auburn ’06
Weight: N/ABirthdate: November 25, 1981
Transaction: Selected by the Sun in the third round (42nd overall) of the 2006 WNBA Draft. Experience: Left Auburn as the school’s all-time leading shot blocker. College Statistics: Averaged 7.2 points, 5.6 rebounds and 3.4 blocks during college career.


Erin Phillips

#31

Position: GuardHeight: 5-7
Country: AustraliaWeight: N/A
Birthdate: May 19, 1985
Transactions: Selected by the Sun in the second round (21st overall) of the 2005 WNBA Draft. Experience: Played the past four seasons with Adelaide of Australia’s Women’s National Basketball League. 2006 WNBL Statistics: Averaged 15.7 points, 7.5 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 1.3 steals in 21 games.