Category Archives: Tina Charles

Would The Sun Trade Tina Charles? Not Likely, Not Impossible

by Categorized: Anne Donovan, Chris Sienko, Connecticut Sun, Tina Charles, WNBA Date:

Management of the Connecticut Sun say it will not consider trading center Tina Charles, the 2012 MVP and league rebounding record-setter, even there is reason to believe she might not object to a deal.
“I don’t know that’s the case [that Charles is unhappy in Connecticut],” said Chris Sienko, the Sun general manager. “Our expectations and our druthers is that she will play here. If she finds a situation she seems to like better, we’ll look at it for her – if it works for us.
“But that [a deal] would have to involve a highly significant return.”
Sun coach Anne Donovan said the team hasn’t considered moving their best player.
“Her value is through the roof,” said Donovan. “But I will say that change [the new coaching staff] is harder for some people than others. But she [Charles] was one of those who struggled the most with the change.”
Charles averaged 18.0 and 10.1 rebounds with 17 double-doubles before shutting herself down with five games remaining in the season because of her aches and pains, ironically after a 16-point, 13-rebound game in Phoenix.

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Does The Sun Shine Overseas? Look Here

by Categorized: Allison Hightower, Connecticut Sun, Kelly Faris, Tina Charles, WNBA Date:

Courtesy of the WNBA’s Connecticut Sun, a look at how their players are doing in professional leagues overseas …..

In France, Mistie Bass is averaging 15.4 points, 6.9 rebounds and 2.1 steals in seven for Lyon. Bass has scored in double-figures in six games this season, including 20 in a 76-58 win over Villeneuve on November 9th. She also had five rebounds and three steals in that victory.

In Turkey, Renee Montgomery is averaging 11.8 points, 2.8 assists and 2.5 rebounds in four Turkish Leagues for Tarsus Belediyesi. Most recently, she had 31 points, three assists and one steal in a 78-74 loss to Mersin on November 10th. Montgomery was 11-of-11 from the free thow line in the loss.

On November 14th, Montgomery had nine points, seven assists and five steals in Tarsus’ EuroCup victory over Dynamo Guvd-Novosibirsk, 110-54. She is averaging 14.5 points, 6.5 assists and 3.0 rebounds in two EuroCup contests.

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Tina Charles To Appear At Clinic

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This just in from the WNBA’s Connecticut Sun:

More than 300 local youth athletes, coaches and parents will join Safe Kids Worldwide and Tina Charles, WNBA star and 2012 MVP, for a Safe Kids Sports Safety Clinic. Participants will learn how to avoid dehydration and preventable sports injuries such as concussions and overuse and acute injuries. They will also learn the importance of pre-participation exams and being prepared with CPR, first aid and AEDs (Automated External Defibrillators).

WHO:    Tina Charles, WNBA, Connecticut Sun
Kate Carr, President & CEO, Safe Kids Worldwide
Karen Phillips, Director of NYC Region, NY State Parks & Recreation

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Charles Will Not Play Again This Season For Sun

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 Since the Connecticut Sun were eliminated from playoff race in the WNBA’s Eastern Conference last week in Phoenix, there has been plenty of time for reflection about the worst season in team history.

   Friday brought one more aggravation when the Sun announced that center Tina Charles, the WNBA’s reigning MVP, will miss the last five games of the season to rest injuries.

   “I’m just shutting it down, as far as my body goes,” Charles said. “I have had some nagging things and now we’re out the playoff hunt. So it’s best I just take care of my body.”

   Charles ends the season as the Sun’s high scorer (18.0) and rebounder (10.1). She had 17 double-doubles. The Sun are not without Charles, Kelly Faris and Allie Hightower for the remainder of the season. And Kara Lawson has not played since July 19.

Look At These Ridiculously Great Numbers For Tina Charles

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Tina Charles is on a pace to obliterate the WNBA record for career double-doubles (points and rebounds). And she is racking them up at an unprecedented pace just 3 1/2 seasons into her career.

1). Lisa Leslie (157 in 361 games, 43.4 percent)
2). Tamika Catchings (85 in 363 games, 23.4 percent)
3). Yolanda Griffith (81 in 311 games, 26.0 percent)
4). Lauren Jackson (76 in 317 games, 24.9 percent)

5). Tina Charles (76 in 119 games, 63.9 percent)

Charles On The Way To Shattering WNBA’s Double-Double Mark

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During the seven seasons they’ve been teammates at UConn and with the WNBA’s Connecticut Sun, Renee Montgomery’s relationship with Tina Charles has grown into something special.

“I honestly feel that Tina and K-Bear [Kalana Greene] are like my sisters,” Montgomery said. “So when I hear about how well either of them is doing, it makes me feel such pride because I consider myself like their older sister.
“I’ve watched Tina grow from when she came to UConn [for the 2006-07 season] to this point. It’s pride in family.”
 On Saturday at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., Montgomery played through the pain of a turned left ankle to score a season-high 18 points to lead the Sun to a huge and extremely critical 88-66 win over the New York Liberty.
  For the last-place Sun (6-12) every win from this point forward is vital as they attempt to chase down Indiana, New York and Washington for a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. That process begins Tuesday at the Mohegan Sun Arena against the Los Angeles Sparks.

Two All-Stars Have Highlighted Bad First-Half For Sun

by Categorized: Allison Hightower, Connecticut Sun, Tina Charles, WNBA Date:

   It’s popular among coaches and athletes to describe evolution as “a process” since it often takes time to get things accomplished.

    For the WNBA’s Connecticut Sun, the process this season has produced both positive and negative results.

   Wednesday’s loss in Atlanta, the Sun’s seventh in eight road games, dropped their record to 4-12 heading into the All-Star Game, which it will host Saturday at the Mohegan Sun Arena.

   After coming within one win of the Finals last season, the Sun is now anchored in last place in the Eastern Conference. Their priority now is simply to finish at least fourth and make the playoffs.

  “These have been unusual circumstances and something we are not used to,” said Chris Sienko, the Sun general manager, referring to the rash of injuries which have battered the backcourt this season. “Still, that’s not an excuse. We need to find a way to work with what we have.”

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WFAN’s Mike Francesa Interviews Tina Charles: No, Seriously, Not Kidding

by Categorized: Connecticut Sun, Mike Francesa, Tina Charles, WFAN, WNBA Date:

There are some things in life you can honestly admit you would have never expected to happen, One of them came to pass yesterday.

WFAN’s afternoon drive icon, Mike Francesa, who talks women’s basketball almost as often as the Cubs win the World Series, interviewed Connecticut Sun all-star Tina Charles, the WNBA’s reigning MVP, during his show on Tuesday.

Here is the proof.

The Mohegan Sun, which hosts the WNBA All-Star game, is a huge marketing partner of WFAN. Francesa often does he show from casino’s ‘Wolf Den’ and frequently mentions its boss, Mitchell Etess, on his broadcasts.

Also, the interview was done to help promote the station’s ticket give-away for the game, which will be played Saturday at 3:30 p.m.

One other thing: Charles, the former UConn All-American, was born in raised in Queens, N.Y., went to high school at Christ the King in Jamaica, N.Y. and is proudly a New York Mets fan. WFAN is the Mets flagship station.


Charles, Hightower, Whalen Named WNBA All-Star Reserves

by Categorized: Allison Hightower, Connecticut Sun, Tina Charles, UConn women's basketball, WNBA, XL Center Date:

    Not much has gone right for the Connecticut Sun this season. The proof is there at the bottom of the WNBA’s Eastern Conference standings where the Sun (4-11) sit with 19 games to play in the regular-season.

   From the moment veteran Asjha Jones called in sick for the season, things have gone astray, beginning with Danielle McCray’s season-ending Achilles tendon injury in Europe.

   But Tuesday was a good day for the Sun.

   Center Tina Charles, the league’s reigning MVP, and guard Allison Hightower, perhaps its most improved player, were named Eastern Conference reserves for Saturday’s All-Star Game at the Mohegan Sun Arena.

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Faris Is Learning About The Realities Of WNBA Life

by Categorized: 2013 WNBA Draft, Connecticut Sun, Kelly Faris, Kelsey Griffin, Sue Bird, Tina Charles, UConn women's basketball, WNBA Date:

During her career at UConn, Kelly Faris played in 154 games. She was a member of four Final Four teams and two national champions, including the Huskies’ 39-0 team in 2009-10.

    In her golden era, UConn lost just 11 games, seven to Notre Dame. The success against the rest was surely intoxicating, resulting in the sense of infallibility which has fueled Geno Auriemma’s perennial powerful program for the last two decades.

   But as every UConn player who joins the WNBA finds out, the glow doesn’t persist. Players fly commercial, often live alone in a condominium and play against the top talent in the world on a daily basis. It’s an unremitting tempo that can initially shock your system.

   And after the Connecticut Sun’s 78-68 loss to the New York Liberty Friday at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., the look on Faris’ face suggested her new reality was starting to wear on her.

  “I’ve been spoiled by my past,” Faris admitted. “At UConn, I was a part of very good teams with a lot of talent. Right now, it’s frustrating to me that we’re in kind of in a hole.”

   The loss dropped the Sun to 2-4 and set up a very crucial early-season game Sunday against the Seattle Storm (1-3) at the Mohegan Sun Arena.

   Without both Lauren Jackson and Sue Bird this season, the Storm are the league’s lowest scoring team. They had just four points in the third quarter of Friday’s 68-59 loss in Atlanta.

   And as it tries to rebound Sunday, the Sun realize they must find a way to gather momentum into July without either Renee Montgomery (high ankle sprain) or Tan White (broken finger). They also know there is no alternative. With Chicago, Atlanta, Washington and New York off to strong starts in the Eastern Conference, there is no time to waste.

  “The conference is going to be a battle to the end,” Kelsey Griffin said. “Everyone [in the conference] is really good. There are no gimmes and everyone knows it.”

   On Friday, the Liberty held Tina Charles to seven points (3-of-17) and four rebounds in 26 minutes. It was the first time this season the MVP didn’t reach a double-double.

    Charles, burdened with four fouls early in the third quarter, said after the game that she “wasn’t as aggressive” as she wanted to be in the first half

    “I thought in the second half [when they outscored Connecticut 54-35] they [the Liberty] really came at us aggressively,” Sun coach Anne Donovan said. “We came back after their runs, but we were waiting on Tina [Charles] to get going a lot of times. We need to get aggressive and confident in other positions all the time. We need to play off of Tina when she’s playing well or when she’s not. We’re very aware of that now and hopefully it’s something that we continue to remember in the future. “

  One of the ways Donovan hopes to insure that after Sunday is by getting newcomer Iziane Castro Marques more involved. The veteran guard, signed last week, played just five first-half minutes on Friday with two points. She will be counted on to complement the scoring provided by Kara Lawson and Allie Hightower, who combined for 33 points and six three-pointers against the Liberty.

 “We needed some practice time to get Izzie into a rotation and to see how she might be able to help us so we were playing a lot of minutes with Kara [35 on Friday], Alli [35] and Kalana [Greene, who played 29].

   “Kelly stepped up and gave us some good minutes [five points in 16 minutes] but we need to get Izzie into that rotation as well.  We need some practice time, to be honest, and we get that after Seattle [the next game is June 23].  And I’ll feel better, probably, at that point to know exactly what we got. “

  As for Faris, the time will likely help her better understand the realism of professional basketball where there are no UConns. In Tulsa, her former college nemesis, Notre Dame’s Skylar Diggins, the third pick in the draft, is on a team that’s 1-6.

  “This team [the Sun] is full of talent,” Faris said. “We all need to get on the same page and there is plenty of time for us to turn it around. We’re more than capable of focusing on the little things we need to do better to improve as a group.”