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WNBA Makes If Official: 2014 Draft At Mohegan Sun On April 14

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The WNBA finally got around to making it official. Yes, its 2014 will be held April 14 at Mohegan Sun Arena. ESPN2 will provide coverage and analysis of the first round beginning at 8 p.m. ET and ESPNU will air the second and third rounds beginning at 9 p.m.
The Sun holds the top pick in the draft for the second time in franchise history. Rounding out this year’s top five picks are the Tulsa Shock (second), San Antonio Stars (third), New York Liberty (fourth), and Indiana Fever (fifth).

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WNBA Draft Likely Will Be At Mohegan Sun Arena

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Following a bravado run as host of the first American Athletic Conference postseason tournament, the Mohegan Sun Arena is likely to get another chance to welcome national guests from the world of women’s basketball.

Sources told the Courant on Monday that ESPN and the WNBA will likely move this year’s WNBA Draft from the cable giant’s Bristol headquarters to the floor of the Mohegan Sun Arena, the home of the Connecticut Sun.

The reason for the move is logistical. There is renovation taking place at ESPN which would make it nearly impossible to host the event on its campus. The Mohegan Sun, which has hosted numerous WNBA all-star games, was more than happy (and available) to step in.

Network officials have already staged a preliminary walk-through of the building to plan where things would be set up.

Moving the draft to the Mohegan Sun is a marvelous long-term idea that both ESPN and the WNBA should consider.

The plan would likely include inviting fans to attend, which would lend life and spontaneity to an otherwise dull event.

The Sun have the first pick in this year’s draft and two UConn players, Stefanie Dolson and Bria Hartley, are almost certain first-round picks.

Not only that, but the WNBA runs a better chance of attracting Connecticut’s media to the event, along with a handful of national writers and columnists who show up in Bristol every year.

Mohegan Sun Wants To Be AAC’s Longtime Home (As Long As UConn Stays)

by Categorized: American Athletic Conference, Chris Sienko, Connecticut Sun, Mohegan Sun Arena Date:

After lobbying so hard for the chance to host postseason women’s basketball, the Mohegan Sun Arena isn’t about to let it go after one season.
Chris Sienko, general manager of the WNBA’s Connecticut Sun, reiterated Saturday the facility wants to remain the home of the American Athletic Conference – for as long as UConn is there.
The tournament is here for just this season; the AAC has the option to renew for next season.
“It’s more of a mutual thing, but if they don’t want to return it’s their right,” Sienko said. “I’m sure they will assess the tournament after its completion [Monday] and make a decision [about the future] in a short period of time.”

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Connecticut Sun Holiday Packages On Sale

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The Connecticut Sun has announced it will offer two special holiday ticket packages. These packages will go on sale at 10 a.m. on Cyber Monday, December 2nd – while supplies last.

Package one includes four upper level vouchers for the 2014 season and is priced at $120. Package two includes four lower level vouchers for the 2014 season and is $140.

Both packages are a $24 savings off of the box office price and include a free Connecticut Sun winter hat and scarf.

  The holiday package will be available by calling 1-877-SUN-TIXX, visiting http://bit.ly/sunholiday13 or emailing tickets@connecticutsun.com. For more information on the holiday packages and other Connecticut Sun tickets, visit www.connecticutsun.com.

 


Miss Maya Just Keeps On Winning

by Categorized: Connecticut Sun, Maya Moore, Minnesota Lynx, Mohegan Sun Arena, UConn women's basketball, WNBA Date:

    Maya Moore does make you wonder. Do championships just follow her or is she somehow singularly responsible for them, a player so inherently gifted that teams play better with her and because of her?

   One thing is certain: Her report card is filled with gold stars from high school to USA Basketball, to UConn and the WNBA, to the Olympics and now China. All she does is win championships.

   Thursday at the Mohegan Sun Arena, the Minnesota Lynx beat the Connecticut Sun, 91-77, and Moore was one of five players in double-figures with 17 points, five rebounds and five assists in 33 minutes.

   The win improved the hold Minnesota (19-7) has in first place in the Western Conference and solidified Moore’s credentials as a possible MVP candidate. Moore is averaging 17.8 points and 6.2 rebounds and shooting 44 percent from three-point range.

  “I feel like I am coming into my own more,” Moore said. “The third year in the league is such a big difference in terms of my comfort and finding the rhythm in what my life has become right now. But I am still trying new things and I grow. The more opportunities and resources that come my way, the best I will try to do with them.”

 

   If she wins the award, the four-time college All-American, UConn’s all-time leading scorer and former Rookie of the Year will wear the crown now perched on her former Huskies’ teammate, Tina Charles of the Sun.

   Moore said Thursday her life is typically busy, but immensely satisfying.

  “Being a professional athlete is a process that you learn as time goes on,” Moore said. “I was so prepared for the basketball aspect by going to UConn. And you learn a lot about how to be a role model because you are such a public figure when you play there. You learn how to be gracious and bring people into your life.

  “But to me, being a pro athlete is mostly about being an adult, learning how to pay your bills and handle the responsibilities of life. There are no more college per diems. You have to handle your own money and learn how to live in many different places and homes.”

   She will be hosting a skills camp this weekend in Minnesota for young female players which she is excited about.

  “We’ll be having about 45 girls there, ages 12 to 17,” Moore said. “We’re going to get after it in the gym. We’re going to have a classroom segment where they are going to learn about leadership and team work, character how to help build a team. There’s going to be information about nutrition and a guest speaker from the Jordan Brand [to address marketing a promotion].

 “I know when I was that age I was interested in soaking up any kind of information I could from anyone who was willing to talk to me and looked up to.”

   Her success in college created a marketing opportunity with the Jordan Brand. Her success in the WNBA created a chance to explore a new frontier for women’s basketball players in China. And in her first season in Asia, she was nothing short of cultural phenomenon.

  On February 5, Moore scored 34 points (including a perfect 14-of-14 from the line) and grabbed 16 rebounds to lead her Shanxi Xing Rui Flame over Liz Cambage’s Zhejiang Far East in the deciding game of the China Women’s League Championship on February 5.

  “I never aniticipate playing in China, but it was an awesome opportunity. I am so glad it was presented to me,” Moore said. “They love basketball. And now they are just getting a little taste of the women’s game.”

  In the previous game of the series, Moore scored 43 points with 12 rebounds and 11 assists, somehow managing to overcome Cambage’s 56 points and 16 rebounds.

  Shortly thereafter, Moore, who averaged 38.7 points and 12.5 rebounds for Shanxi Xing Rui, announced that she had signed a long-term deal to play in China following her WNBA seasons. There, according to a WNBA insider, Moore makes nearly $1 million a year.

  In China, Moore played for a Spanish head coach who spoke halting English. She was surrounded by a Korean teammate who spoke some English but no Chinese and Chinese teammates who spoke only basic English. Instruction was communicated by three separate translators.

  “We had the connection of the court, which was very cool,” Moore said.

   Carter rejoins Sun

   To help add backcourt depth, the Sun will bring point guard Sydney Carter back this weekend. Carter played in six games for the Sun and averaged 4.5 points per game. She also shot 33 percent from beyond the arc before being released when Renee Montgomery and Tan White returned from injuries in mid-July.





 

 

 

 


 

Sun’s Feet Now To The Fire

by Categorized: Anne Donovan, Connecticut Sun, Mike Thibault, Mohegan Sun Arena, Washington Mystics, WNBA Date:

  Among the popular expressions used to describe a team entering the critical stage of a season is the one comparing it to a marshmallow on a twig on a warm summer night.

  Below it there is fire. Above it the puff dangles.

 “We understand our feet are to the fire,” Connecticut Sun coach Anne Donovan said.

  For the last-place Sun (6-14), losers of two straight home games, the kindling simmers in the fire pit of the Verizon Center. Waiting there above them in the Eastern Conference standings are the Washington Mystics.

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The Latest About Where UConn Will Play Its Home Games

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We know now the UConn-Stanford game on Nov. 11 will begin at 7 p.m. The only thing we don’t know yet is in which Connecticut arena the game will be played.

And we likely won’t know exactly where any of UConn’s two preseason and16 regular-season home games will be played for a while, perhaps not even when the official schedule is released in a few weeks.

That’s because negotiations to resume a relationship with the XL Center are off to a slow start.

At this point, getting the parties together to talk has been somewhat problematic; appointments have been canceled, dates found not convenient. But there is more to this.

UConn is also looking for financial relief to host men’s and women’s games in the building that has long been its alternate venue. And that promises to be – as it always is in these cases – a difficult negotiation, especially now with a new management group running the building.

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WNBA, Mohegan Sun Cancel Tonight’s Fireworks Display

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Elena Delle Donne likely won’t be the only victim of misfortune this weekend at the WNBA’s All-Star Game weekend.

Thursday’s planned fireworks display at the Mohegan Sun Arena has been canceled by the casino and the league because of all those annoying raindrops that have been falling today.

There are no immediate plans to reschedule.

Delle Donne, the leading All-Star vote-getter, as we told you earlier today, is likely to miss the game because of a concussion suffered Wednesday in Washington.

Event Schedule For WNBA All-Star Game

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The fans can be a part of many of the festivities taking place this weekend in conjunction with the WNBA All-Star game.

Here’s a look at the schedule:

As part of Boost Mobile WNBA All-Star 2013, the WNBA will celebrate its ongoing commitment to improving the community through a series of WNBA Cares special events to promote healthy living, nutrition and the overall wellness of youth and families July 25-26.

Newly crowned Miss USA Erin Brady, a Connecticut native who has inspired others through a dedication to her community, will join WNBA All-Stars to share healthy living and nutrition tips, promote the importance of physical activity through fitness clinics, and unveil a newly refinished basketball court to illustrate the need for places where kids and families can live, learn and play.

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Bridgeport And Mohegan Sun In Contention For UConn Hoop Home Games

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   Multiple sources confirmed for me Tuesday that UConn is in the preliminary stages of negotiations with both Bridgeport’s Webster Bank Arena at Harbor Yard and the Mohegan Sun Arena to play men’s and women’s basketball games at both venues, as soon as this season.

   UConn is interested in moving several games in an effort to expand its brand and allow fans in other areas a chance to see the teams play. A great majority, if not all of the games moved to the other sites, would come from the allotment of the XL Center.

Mohegan Sun officials, including CEO Mitchell Etess and Sun General Manager Chris Sienko, refused comment when approached about the matter on Tuesday.

   One of the sources indicated that Bridgeport’s viability was the “more advanced and most viable” of the two in terms of immediacy, but stressed that it was far too early to say what might happen.

    Bridgeport has hosted a number of NCAA Division I women’s basketball sub-regionals and regional finals over the year and has long desired to host UConn regular-season games.

    UConn AD Warde Manuel and Geno Auriemma are among those in favor of spreading the wealth among the state’s other venues.

   UConn’s contract with the XL Center expired after last season. That deal prohibited the Huskies from staging men’s or women’s basketball games at any other state venue other than Gampel or the XL Center. That is no longer the case.

   “One way or another,” said one source, “UConn was not going to allow that [exclusivity] to happen in any new deal.”

    The XL Center, which is expected to maintain a bulk of the off-campus home games, is also a very expensive venue for UConn to rent for games.

   And negotiating with Mohegan and Bridgeport would at very least create a competitive environment that might make future games in Hartford more reasonable for UConn to consider.

  It’s not likely that more than three games a year for each program – a maximum of six for both programs – would be granted to other venues. It also likely the games would not be high-profile affairs, perhaps pitting the UConn teams against lower level non-conference or American Conference opponents.

 “The men are not moving games like Memphis [away from Hartford or Gampel],” said one source. But I also think there is a very good chance that UConn is going to do some business with Bridgeport.”

  Another thing favor of the Mohegan Sun Arena is its new relationship with UConn’s home conference, The American. The American will host its first women’s basketball tournament at the casino in March 2014.