We all knew it eventually had to come to an end. After beginning the 2012 WNBA season 3-0, the teams best start since 2008 , the Connecticut Sun suffered their first loss of the year on Friday, June 1. The defeat came at the hands of the reigning WNBA champions, the Minnesota Lynx. Being able to beat elite teams like Minnesota is necessary before for the Sun can take the next step.
Loaded with an ideal blend of youth and experience, the Sun have a legitimate chance at their first WNBA championship. While the team made strides last season by returning to the playoffs, they were promptly swept by the Atlanta Dream. This year, the roster is similar, but a change in the starting five is making the difference. Former starter Renee Montgomery is now coming off the bench for the Sun.
The growth of Renee Montgomery is vital for Connecticut. The young point guard looked good at times in her professional career, but consistency is needed. Last season Montgomery had a career high 2.62 turnovers per game. So far this season, the former starter looks impressive. In four games, Montgomery has averaged 25.8 minutes, and 16.3 points per contest. In the game against Minnesota, Montgomery was the second leading scorer for Connecticut behind Charles, with 16 points. It appears Montgomery is adjusting nicely to her new role.
The last member named to the Olympic team, Asjha Jones looks like a new player. Continuing with the success she found overseas this year, Jones is averaging 14 points and seven rebounds per game, a three year high for the veteran player. Jones' renewed energy will aid the Sun as they pursue their first title.
Tina Charles will continue to be the key for the Connecticut Sun, but she needs help. Players like Montgomery and Jones must step up if the Sun are to defeat the top teams in the WNBA.
A Connecticut resident and avid basketball fan of the Connecticut Sun and University of Connecticut Lady Huskies. Looking forward to the Connecticut Sun winning their first WNBA title.