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    Tuesday, April 23, 2024

    Hiedeman re-signs with Sun

    Connecticut Sun guard Natisha Hiedeman (2) glides to the basket against the Chicago Sky in WNBA playoff action Sunday, September 4, 2022 at Mohegan Sun Arena. (Day file photo)

    Natisha Hiedeman signed a two-year deal with the Connecticut Sun on Friday, giving them a third player under contract who started for last season’s WNBA Finals runner-up.

    Terms of the contract weren’t made available per team policy.

    Hiedeman, in her fourth season with the Sun, became their starting point guard six games into last year when Jasmine Thomas suffered a season-ending knee injury on May 22. Hiedeman averaged a career-high 9.1 points, 3.3 assists and 1.2 steals.

    The Sun have had a hectic offseason as 2021 MVP Jonquel Jones was traded, at her request, to the New York Liberty, Thomas was traded to the Los Angeles Sparks and head coach Curt Miller left to take the same position with Los Angeles.

    Forwards DeWanna Bonner and Alyssa Thomas and Hiedeman are the other starters under contract for Connecticut. It has also cored free agent post Brionna Jones, the 2022 WNBA Sixth Player of the Year who started for the Sun in 2020 when Jonquel Jones sat out the season due to concerns about the pandemic.

    The core designation gives the team exclusive negotiation rights with Jones.

    Hiedeman will lead a Connecticut backcourt in transition. DiJonai Carrington and Nia Clouden both return while Rebecca Allen and Tyasha Harris were acquired in the Jonquel Jones trade.

    Connecticut hired Stephanie White as head coach in November. She coached the Indiana Fever to the 2015 WNBA Finals.

    n.griffen@theday.com

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