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Hiedeman accepts qualifying offer to return to Sun

The Connecticut Sun announced Friday that reserve guard Natisha Hiedeman has signed the qualifying offer extended by head coach and general manager Curt Miller.

No details were released per team policy.

“Natisha is a fantastic teammate and has been an important spark plug for us,” Miller said in a release. “She has established herself as one of the best young backup point guards in the league and has a bright future heading into her third year."

Hiedeman, 5-foot-8, appeared in all 22 regular season games in 2020 and led the team in points coming off the bench (6.1 ppg). She's played in 42 regular season over two seasons with the Sun and averaged 14.6 minutes.

Hiedeman was drafted 18th overall (second round) by the Minnesota Lynx in 2019 and traded to Connecticut for guard Lexie Brown on draft night. The Sun waived her prior to the start of that season and claimed her off waivers on July 3 of that year.

Connecticut now has seven free agents, the biggest being long-time team leaders and starters Alyssa Thomas (forward) and Jasmine Thomas (guard) as well as center Brionna Jones, who had a breakthrough year in 2020 starting in the absence of two-time All-WNBA selection Jonquel Jones.

The WNBA's free agency negotiation period runs from Jan. 15-Feb. 1, and signings begin on Feb. 2.

n.griffen@theday.com

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