Sun Acquire Barbara Turner in Trade with Comets

UNCASVILLE, Conn. – The Connecticut Sun announced today a trade that will send Megan Mahoney to the Houston Comets in exchange for former UConn star Barbara Turner.

No terms of the deal were released.

“Barbara was someone we thought highly of when she was coming out of college,” Connecticut Sun General Manager Chris Sienko said. “She is a player with a lot of toughness, and we expect her to bring that to Connecticut.”

Originally selected by the Seattle Storm with the 11th overall pick in the 2006 WNBA Draft, the 6-foot Turner appeared in all 34 games her rookie season, averaging 6.4 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.4 assists with nine starts. She was waived by the Storm on May 16, 2007, and signed by the Comets on May 30th. She averaged 4.2 points and 1.9 rebounds in 22 games for Houston.

“One of the things she’s had to deal with in the pros is making the adjustment from power forward to small forward,” Coach Mike Thibault said. “For us, we expect her to be a small forward. We’re excited about her coming to camp. We’ve obviously made a decision to go with younger wing players, and she could fit into that plan. She still has to earn her spot, and we’re going to give her that opportunity.

Turner has been working out with former NBA coach and longtime mentor John Lucas since the end of the 2007 season, and is looking forward to returning to Connecticut.

“I’m very excited,” Turner said. “It’s something that I wanted to be a part of for a long time. I’ve heard a lot of great things about Coach Thibault, and I watched the sun play a lot, even when I was in college. I always admired the way they played, and I’m excited to be joining the organization.”

At UConn, Turner finished ninth on the all-time scoring list with 1,629 points, and was 10th all-time in rebounds (797). She was the fifth player in school history to amass 1,600 points and 700 rebounds.

The 6-0 Mahoney was selected out of Kansas State in the third round (34th overall) of the 2005 WNBA Draft. A guard/forward, she appeared in 49 games for the Sun, making one start while averaging 2.2 points for the Sun.

The Connecticut Sun will open its sixth season of play on May 17th by hosting the Atlanta Dream in Mohegan Sun Arena. Season tickets and mini-plans are on sale now and can be reserved by calling a Sun Ticket Representative at 1.877.SUN.TIXX (786-8499).