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Written by Abigail Hull   
Thursday, 20 December 2007

HISTORY:

The Connecticut Sun is based in Uncasville, Connecticut. They began to play in the 2003 WNBA season. The Sun was the first WNBA franchise not to be owned by an NBA owner.  The team is owned by the Mohegan Indian tribe. From 1999 to 2002, the team was known as the Orlando Miracle, playing in Orlando, Florida. Capitalizing on the popularity of women's basketball in Connecticut as a result of the success of the UConn Huskies, they have the distinction of being the only WNBA team not to share its market with an NBA team.

The city of Orlando was granted an expansion franchise in 1999, and the Orlando Miracle would take the floor for the 1999 season. The Miracle would play their games at TD Waterhouse Centre as the sister team of the NBA Orlando Magic.

After the 2002 WNBA Season, the NBA sold off all of the WNBA franchises to the operators of the teams. Orlando Magic ownership was not interested in keeping the Miracle. The team would need to find other ownership or fold. No local ownership was found, so in October of 2002, the Miracle announced their intentions to move out of Orlando, Florida. On January 28, 2003, The Miracle were bought by the Mohegan Native American Tribe, and it was announced that the Miracle would move immediately to Uncasville, Connecticut and change their nickname to the Sun (in reference to the Mohegan Sun casino owned by the tribe).

The Miracle underwent a total overhaul. The team was renamed the Connecticut Sun, and received new team colors. The team would then acquire former University of Connecticut star Rebecca Lobo. The Sun would lose their first ever game in Connecticut, 79 to 72, to the Houston Comets. But, the Sun would have a stellar season, posting an 18-16 record, good enough to make the playoffs. In the first round, the Sun would win their first playoff series in franchise (includes the Orlando years) history, sweeping the Charlotte Sting 2-0. But, in the East finals, the Sun would be swept by the Detroit Shock, who were on their way to a championship.

In 2004 they drafted Minnesota Golden Gophers star Lindsay Whalen amidst rumors they would trade her to the Minnesota Lynx. However, she remained on the team, as the Sun posted an 18-16 record, in a terrible Eastern Conference, and winning the #1 seed. In the first round, the Sun would defeat the Washington Mystics 2-1. In the East Finals, the Sun would roll on, sweeping the New York Liberty. The Sun had made it to the WNBA Finals in their second season of existence. In the Finals, their run would end, as they lost a hard-fought series three-game series 2-1 to the Seattle Storm.

In 2005, the Sun acquired center Margo Dydek. With a dominant center, the Sun dominated the Eastern Conference, posting a 26-8 record, the best regular season record for an Eastern conference team in WNBA history. In the playoffs, the Sun went to the WNBA Finals, sweeping the Detroit Shock and Indiana Fever. In the finals, the Sun were matched up against an equally dominant Sacramento Monarchs team.  Though the Sun had home-court advantage they lost the Finals for the second straight year 3 games to 1, in the first ever best of 5 games finals

In 2006, the Sun matched their 2005 record, and looked to return to the Finals. In the playoffs, the Sun swept the Mystics. But in the Eastern Conference Finals, the Sun were beaten by their nemesis', the Detroit Shock, 2 games to 1.

In 2007, the Sun posted a dismal 5-10 record by late June. However, the Sun won 11 of their next 13 games, to finish the regular-season at 19-16, good enough to win the #3 seed in the Eastern Conference. In the playoffs, the Sun faced the Indiana Fever in the first round. The Sun defeated Indiana in all four regular-season games.  In Game 1, despite holding a 17-point lead in the third quarter, the Sun allowed the Fever to force the first triple-overtime game in WNBA playoff history, ending in a 93-88 victory for the Sun. The Fever responded by winning the next two games and the series, including a playoff record 22-point come-from-behind win in Game 3.

Since moving to Connecticut, the team's average attendance has risen each year, eeing an 6,025 in 2003 to 7,970 in 2007.  However in 2008 their attendance numbers are begining to fall. In 2005 the Sun hosted the annual WNBA All-Star game. Along with the New York Liberty, the Sun is one of the most successful teams in the WNBA yet to win a championship.

LOCATION:

The Sun currently play at the Arena in the casino Mohegan Sun located in Uncaseville, Connecticut.  The team offices are located at 1 Mohegan Sun Boulevard, Uncasville, CT 06382

TICKETS:

For season tickets contact:   

For individual game tickets contact:  877-786-8499

Visiting fans will find seats behind the visitors bench in sections 116 or 117.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

TV: Games are currently broadcast on MYTV9.

The team website can be found here

TRANSPORTATION:

Visitors can fly into Hartford CT, or New Haven CT.

Amtrak trains run from NYC or Boston to the New London Station. 

Special Bus packages to the casino can be purchased from NYC, Boston, Hartford or New Haven. 

HOTELS:

There are several chain hotels in the area but the casino's hotel is by far the best. To learn more about the hotel click here .

 

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