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Taking the UConn Influence too Far?

May 17, 2011 11:56am
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9th-year Sun coach Mike Thibault hopes to return the Sun to the playoffs. One thing he is banking on is the continuity of the squad and their connection to the Connecticut fan base with their influx of UConn players.

“(Ex-Huskies player Renee) Montgomery believes having UConn players is vital to the Sun’s popularity. In many ways, the Sun is the only WNBA franchise where she would feel the same reverence from fans that she knew at UConn.”

Obviously there isn’t another women’s collegiate program to draw from in terms of players that know how to win and have succeeded on that level, but enough is enough. Fans want to embrace a winning team, and whether they knew them or supported them in college can only carry so much weight.

WNBA will feel immediate impact from this year’s draft

April 12, 2011 11:00am
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By adding the No. 1 overall draft pick in Maya Moore, the Minnesota Lynx will be expected to be a contender immediately.

Basketball is unique among team sports because of the impact a single player can make. While you have star players across the entire spectrum of sports, in basketball an impact player’s presence can be felt on each and every possession. While we anticipate the start of the new WNBA season, let’s take a look at yesterday’s top 5 draft picks, whose impact should be felt immediately this upcoming season.

1. Maya Moore F (UConn): Selected by the Minnesota Lynx
Moore transitions to the WNBA as possibly the greatest collegiate player ever. She ends her career at UConn with 150 wins and 2 national titles. Moore was only the collegiate player on the national team that won a world championship, and is expected to continue as an impact player with the national squad. She is expected to turn the Lynx into contender almost instantly.  While expectations for Minnesota and Moore are very high, there is every reason to believe the hype is warranted.

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