Phillips Signs Contract with Sun

Erin PhillipsUNCASVILLE, CT. (March 27, 2006) — The Connecticut Sun announced Monday it has signed Australian guard Erin Phillips.

Per team policy, no terms were released.

“We’re excited to finally have Erin with us,” Connecticut Sun coach Mike Thibault said. “I think she is one of the best young point guards in the world. This signing will give us the opportunity to play both her and Lindsay together. While young, I expect she will have a learning adjustment period, but I expect her to be able to adjust at a fairly rapid pace.”

The 5-foot-7 guard was selected by the Sun in the second round (21st overall) of the 2005 WNBA Draft. She opted not to play last season due to her commitment with the Australian National Team.

This winter, Phillips averaged 15.7 points, 7.5 rebounds and 4.9 assists for Adelaide of the Australian Women’s National Basketball League. She finished in the top 10 for the league in scoring, assists, field goal percentage, rebounds per game and steals and was named Adelaide’s team MVP.

Phillips recently won gold with the Australian National Team at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne. She averaged eight points and 4.5 assists while stepping in for injured starter Tully Bevilaqua.

The Connecticut Sun regular season tips off on May 20th at Mohegan Sun Arena against the New York Liberty.