ARLINGTON, Texas – ARLINGTON, Texas – The Dallas Wings have acquired Kristine Anigwe from the Connecticut Sun in exchange for Theresa Plaisance, the team announced today.
“This deal brings us a young and athletic post player who will fit well into Coach Agler’s system,” Dallas Wings President & CEO Greg Bibb stated. “We believe Kristine is an elite rebounder with tremendous potential on both sides of the ball and we are excited for her to continue to develop her game as a member of the Wings organization. In addition, this transaction will deliver flexibility moving forward as we continue to shape our roster for the future.”
Anigwe was the ninth overall pick in the 2019 WNBA Draft by the Sun out of the University of California. She was the 2019 Naismith Defensive Player of the Year and Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year at Cal. The six-foot-four forward/center led the country in rebounding her senior year at a 16.2 clip and was the conference’s second leading scoring with 22.3 points a game, good enough for the ninth best average in the nation. She also left Berkley as the team’s all-time leader scorer. Anigwe has appeared in 17 contests for the Sun this season, averaging 2.6 points and 1.8 rebounds per game in 7.1 minutes played.
“Theresa has been a part of our team for six seasons and has worked tirelessly to transform herself from a third-round draft pick into a WNBA starter,” Bibb stated. “We greatly appreciate the contributions she has made to our organization both on and off the court and we wish her well moving forward.”
The Wings hit the road this week for a pair of away contests, the first coming at Seattle on August 8 and then at Phoenix on August 10.
UNCASVILLE, Conn. (August 6, 2019) – The Connecticut Sun have acquired Theresa Plaisance in a trade with the Dallas Wings in exchange for Kristine Anigwe.
A 6-foot-5 forward/center, Plaisance has played in 134 games over six WNBA seasons. This season, she has started 12 games for the Wings, averaging 6.0 points per game and 4.4 rebounds. Plaisance has made 23 three-point field goals in 2019, trailing just Jonquel Jones among centers in that category.
“We are excited about the acquisition of Theresa Plaisance,” Sun head coach and general manager Curt Miller said. “Theresa is a talented, versatile offensive player and is considered one of the best stretch post players in the league. She is someone who we have targeted for a few seasons and we are excited to have her with us. Theresa gives us an experienced, young veteran presence who has a tremendous reputation across the league as a fantastic teammate and unifier in the locker room.”
Plaisance, who is one of just four starting centers in the WNBA to have a positive assist-to-turnover ratio this season at 1.13, has started 59 percent of the games she has played in since the start of the 2017 season. In just 22 games this season, Plaisance has already dished out 34 assists, eclipsing her single-season career-best of 31, set in 2017.
Selected with the ninth overall pick by the Sun in the 2019 WNBA Draft, Anigwe saw action in 17 games for the Sun this season. She averaged 2.0 points and 1.8 rebounds per game.
The Sun will be in action next on Friday, August 9 when they travel to Minnesota to take on the Lynx. Game time is set for 8 p.m. ET and can be viewed on NESN+. Connecticut returns home to take on the Seattle Storm on August 16 at 7:30 p.m. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit connecticutsun.com.