Connecticut added a number of new faces in 2010
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Skills

The Connecticut Sun stocked up with young talent at the 2010 WNBA Draft with the additions of Tina Charles, Kelsey Griffin, Allison Hightower and Danielle McCray. While McCray may have spent the entire 2010 season out of the lineup in an effort to rehab from ACL surgery, the remaining three cracked the 11-player roster and padded their WNBA resumes right away. None did so with more flare than Charles, the six-foot-four center out of UConn, who not only locked up Rookie of the Year honors but also broke a string of records in the process.

Although the Sun may have bolstered a young roster, the veteran presence of Asjha Jones, Kara Lawson and Tan White provided a strong foundation for a team that carried over only four players from the 2009 roster (Anete Jekabsone-Zogota being the other). Even still, Jones was working her way back from an Achilles injury in 2009 and Jekabsone-Zogota underwent knee surgery and ultimately missed the entire month of July, only to slowly work her way back into the mix for the Sun in August and through to the end of the season.

Milestones/Achievements

Tina Charles was in charge on the boards all season long, posting new records for double-doubles in a season and double-doubles by a rookie (22) and rebounds in a season (398). If ever there was any doubt that Charles was not prepared to adjust to the WNBA level, she proved her value as a No. 1 pick by registering two straight double-doubles to open up her professional career. On June 25, Charles finished the win over Phoenix with 19 points and 23 rebounds, just one board short of tying the WNBA record for most rebounds in a game, set by Chamique Holdsclaw in 2003.

Work History

When the season began, questions surrounding the Sun�s roster focused predominantly on how quickly head coach Mike Thibault could get everyone on the same page and playing comfortably in his system. At first glance, it didn�t appear as something that would take long, as the Sun went on to win the first game of the season against the Chicago Sky and seven of its first 10. By the time the Stars at the Sun game rolled around in July, the Sun was sitting comfortably at 10-8 with plenty of basketball left to play. Coach Thibault suggested earlier in the season that his team would be where he wanted them to be following the break, but unfortunately the outcome was not what he�d expected as the Sun posted a 7-9 second-half record to finish the season 17-17, five games out of first place and two behind the fourth-seeded Atlanta Dream.

As the Sun looks forward to the 2011 season, there�s assurance in knowing the rookies have been battle tested and now have a taste of competition on the professional level. It doesn�t make the Sun a lock for playoff contention, but it does ease some of the tensions that often surround a rookie class, or perhaps more fittingly a rookie team, for all intents and purposes.

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2008 Leaders

PPGTina Charles15.5
RPGTina Charles11.7
APGRenee Montgomery4.1
SPGTan White1.59
BPGTina Charles1.68

Team Stats

Points Scored81.0(4th)
Points Allowed79.9(7th)
Field-Goal Percentage.427(10th)

History

Year Record Finish (Conf.)
2010 17-17 5th
2009 16-18 6th
2008 21-13 2nd
2007 18-16 3rd
2006 26-8 1st
2005 26-8 1st
2004 18-6 1st
2003 18-16 3rd