September 27, 2023
Locked on Women’s Basketball: Alyssa Thomas and Connecticut Sun did what they had to do
Sun split games with Liberty; Tiffany Hayes is timeless
The Connecticut Sun came into New York and split games with the Liberty, accomplishing their goal, Alyssa Thomas told The Next‘s Howard Megdal. Now, heading to Mohegan Sun for Game 3 Friday night, Megdal discusses all things Connecticut with Sun beat reporter, Jacqueline LeBlanc. Everything from DeWanna Bonner‘s role in the history of the league to how Tiffany Hayes keeps finding ways to dominate in any area come up, while the chances of the Sun rest on the very capable back of generational talent Thomas.
Jacqueline talks with Howard about how the Sun have adjusted to a new coaching staff and system this summer, and how the Sun have navigated lineup changes.
“The Sun are so, so versatile, and I think that’s been their strength for a long time, but also their strength this year, and just — the amount of changes that they’ve had to go through all season starting in training camp with a new staff, a new system, new players and new teammates… a month into the season DeWanna Bonner, a 6-4-3 perimeter player, is moved to the four, sometimes the five. So I’ve been really impressed by DeWanna being able to move out of position for the rest of the season — basically after [Sun center Brionna Jones] we went down [with a season-ending injury] in June.”
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Later in the episode, Jacqueline discusses the impact of Alyssa Thomas, who finished second in WNBA MVP voting this season.
“Alyssa, she’s as humble as she comes…I think it was interesting that she said she’s been snubbed a lot in her career. I think that also extends outside of the WNBA, possibly in EuroLeague, Final Fours, on the world stage and FIBA…[but] what she’ll always say is the one piece of hardware that she really, really cares about is getting that championship, and nothing else really matters to her.”
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