Without a head coach, Connecticut’s undefeated record at stake during Sun’s visit to Seattle




After the first two opening weeks of the WNBA season, the Connecticut Sun remains the only undefeated team in the league. Their 5-0 record is the franchise’s best start to the season since 2018.

However, the Sun’s record and hot start will be put to the test Tuesday night when Connecticut faces the Storm (3-1) in Seattle at 10 p.m., and without head coach Curt Miller.

Miller was fined $ 10,000 and a one-game suspension Monday after his comments to an official regarding Liz Cambage from Las Vegas during Sunday’s game. Miller will serve his suspension immediately and miss Tuesday’s game.

The Storm will also be without their head coach, Dan Hughes, who will miss Tuesday’s game to attend his son’s graduation ceremony, as reported by ESPN’s Kevin Pelton.

Connecticut beat Las Vegas on Sunday night, 72-65, after beating the Aces, 44-26, including 32 defensive rebounds, limiting Las Vegas to just one offensive plateau. The Sun made eight turnovers, the lowest of the season. They were led by DeWanna Bonner with 22 points followed by 19 points by Brionna Jones and Jonquel Jones.

Despite losing Briann in January to a sprained left ankle in the Sun’s game against fever on May 19, Connecticut has not lost momentum as the five starters have a double-digit average. Bonner leads the Sun with 19.4 points per game followed by Jonquel Jones with 18.4. Natisha Hiedeman comes in third with 12.4 points per game, but leads the team with 2.0 steals per game.

The Sun lost both games against the Storm last season in the “Wubble”. However, Connecticut swept Seattle in their three-game streak in the 2019 season, winning Seattle 89-70 on August 27, 2019.

The Storm, the reigning 2020 WNBA champion, is currently ranked third in the league after suffering his first loss on May 18 in a drop from 96 to 80 to the Las Vegas Aces.

Seattle fought in overtime to beat Dallas, 100-97, on Saturday thanks to a 36-point performance from UConn’s great Breanna Stewart. Stewart’s points total was the highest in a single game in the league so far this season, as she became the fastest player to record 2,500 career points and 1,000 rebounds. Stewart became the fourth-fastest player to reach the 2,500-point mark, making it in 125 games, behind Elena Della Done in 124 games, Seimone Augustus in 120 and Cynthia Cooper in 117.

Stewart was named Western Conference Player of the Week on Monday after averaging 25.8 points, 10.5 rebounds and 2.25 blocks per game through Week 1.

The Storm is led by Stewart, who averages 38.0 minutes, 25.8 points and 10.5 rebounds per game. Followed by Jewell Loyd with 21.8 points, 4.8 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game. Sue Bird, another UConn all-time greats, leads Seattle with 6.5 assists per game.

UConn’s third alumnus on the team, Katie Lou Samuelson, has played two games so far this season after leaving earlier this month to join the United States 3×3 women’s basketball team in view of the Olympic trials. On Sunday May 23, Samuelson, along with her teammates Allisha Gray, Kelsey Plum and Stefanie Dolson and coach Kara Lawson (Duke), won the Big Twelve International Tournament title and will compete in the Trials this weekend. (May 26-30). in Graz, Austria.

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