The Connecticut Sun is a formidable opponent. They have established a name for themselves through hard work and tough players.
The Sun has been able to improve season after season largely in part because of smart recruiting and draft picks. Some of the most famous players in the WNBA have been part of the Sun at one point in time or another.
Rebecca Lobo is a staple in WNBA history. She has had an illustrious career and still continues to be active in sports today as an active television basketball analyst. Before she made it big in the WNBA, Lobo was a key player at the University of Connecticut. Over 100 colleges recruited Lobo before she chose the University of Connecticut.
In 1995 she led UConn to an undefeated 35-0 record and the National Championships. This was her senior season and was also named the Naismith and College Player of the Year award. In addition to this she was also awarded the Sportswoman of the Year award by the Women’s Sports Foundation and the Honda-Broderick Cup for 1994-95.
The Honda-Broderick Cup is given to the athlete “most deserving of recognition as the Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year.” After UConn, Lobo was assigned to the New York Liberty during the league’s first player allocations in 1997. In 1999, she tore her ACL and meniscus in the first game of the season. Lobo was then traded to the Houston Comets in 2002, and the Connecticut Sun in 2003. This was her final season as she announced she would be retiring.
Margo Dydek is a 7’2” an international professional basketball player, originally hailing from Poland. In 1998 she took the No. 1 overall draft pick and went to the Utah Starzz.
In 2005, she was traded to the Connecticut Sun in exchange for the Sun’s first-round draft pick Katie Feenstra from Liberty University. Dydek holds the record for most blocks in a WNBA career with 877 blocks in 323 games. She also led the WNBA in blocks for 9 seasons, blocks per game 8 times, and defensive rebounds with 214. Dydek signed with the Los Angeles Sparks in 2008 following giving birth to her son. Before Dydek came to the states, she was involved with Olimpia Poznan, Valenciennes Ochies in France, Pool Getafe in Spain, and Fota Porta in Poland.
Lindsay Whalen put Minnesota Women’s Basketball on the map when she helped the University of Minnesota gain national prominence through her tough play. She helped increase attendance from 1,087 during her freshman season to 9,866 in her senior year. Whalen holds the Minnesota career records for points, scoring average, games in double figures, free throws made and free throw percentage.
In 2004, Whalen was chosen as the 4th overall pick by the Connecticut Sun. She was selected to play in the historic WNBA VS. USA Basketball game at Radio City Music Hall and also led the Sun to the WNBA Finals her first and second seasons. She played much of the 2005 finals injured. In 2008, she led her team to a second place finish in the Eastern Conference and was runner up to the MVP winner Candace Parker. Whalen was traded to the Minnesota Lynx in 2010.