By DJ Harding
With the WNBA regular season approaching the Connecticut Sun have been busy as the preseason comes to a close.
After waiving Alexis Morris, Diamond Battles, and Ashton Pretchel after their first preseason game against the New York Liberty, the Sun would waive Nia Clouden, Jayla Everett, and Caitlin Bickle.
Those wouldn’t be the only moves for the Sun as they would extend Tyasha Harris through the 2025 season.
Harris was acquired in a three team trade this offseason after spending three years with the Dallas Wings.
Connecticut would also be busy in the trade market as they would trade their 2025 third round pick to the Atlanta Dream for Leigha Brown.
The Sun this week also announced Unashamed Inc, Petit Family Foundation, and The Arc Eastern Connecticut as its recipients for the organization’s 2023 “Games for Good” program.
The free program, now in its second year, benefits select local non-profits each year in the state of Connecticut through the purchase of tickets to Connecticut Sun games and will provide exposure to those nonprofits throughout the 2023 season.
The Connecticut Sun also announced that during their home opener on Sunday after playing the season opener on the road in Indiana against the Fever, that the team will honor Taj McWilliams-Franklin.
McWilliams-Franklin spent eight years with the franchise from 1999-2006. McWilliams-Franklin’s No. 11 will join Margo Dydek (12), Nykesha Sales (42), Katie Douglas (23), Lindsay Whalen (13), and Asjha Jones (15) in the rafters during a special ceremony after the conclusion of the game.
Mike Thibault and Lindsey Whalen, McWilliams-Franklin’s former coach and teammate during her time on the Connecticut Sun, will be in attendance to help McWilliams-Franklin and the Connecticut Sun celebrate the occasion.
The Connecticut Sun tip off the 2023 season on Friday, May 19 at the Indiana Fever at 7:00PM EST.