Sun's final preseason game is final audition for some
The Connecticut Sun have just a scooch over a week to figure out which 12 players they'll roster before the WNBA’s 5 p.m. deadline on May 17. Good luck with that.
Friday is the last opportunity for those vying for a job to perform under game conditions as Connecticut plays its third and final preseason game against the Atlanta Dream at Bridgeport’s Webster Bank Arena (7 p.m.)
“I put together a camp (roster) that was going to make (my decisions) hard,” Sun head coach and general manager Curt Miller said after Tuesday’s 79-58 preseason win over the Dallas Wings.
“They’re (the players) making it hard.”
One can safely pencil in the following 10 players: posts Jonquel Jones, Chiney Ogwumike, Alyssa Thomas and Morgan Tuck, wing Shekinna Stricklen and guards Rachel Banham, Alex Bentley, Lexie Brown, Jasmine Thomas and Courtney Williams.
It’s not far-fetched to believe that second-year post Brionna Jones will make it, too. She was Connecticut’s first-round pick last year (eighth overall).
Should those assumptions be correct, then the last spot would come down to guards Jessica January and Leticia Romero, wing Betnijah Laney, and posts Cayla George and Nikki Greene (Greene is doing well after being floored by an elbow to the head Tuesday).
“Should we go six and six (six posts, six guards) or should we go seven (guards) and five (posts)?” Miller said. “Is Chiney (Ogwumike) ready for 34 games (she missed the 2015 and 2017 seasons to injury)? Can we go with five (posts)? Can Morgan (Tuck) stay healthy for a 34-game season? ... We don’t have a (Karima) Christmas-Kelly (of Dallas) or an Essence Carson (of the Los Angeles Sparks) who has historically played a lot of three and can play four.
"The ultimate question is do we have enough depth (at post); can we stay healthy? It’s a long way of answering, ‘I have no idea.’”
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The league-leading Connecticut Sun were wiped out by Chicago in the second quarter and absorbed their first beatdown of the WNBA season, 93-75, before 5,607 at Wintrust Arena.