Thursday, July 30, 2020

On the Beat With the Connecticut Sun 07/27-28/2020

The Connecticut Sun lost their season opener against the Minnesota Lynx 77-69. After that game and prior to Tuesday's game against the Washington Mystics, the Sun held a couple media sessions featuring Coach Curt Miller and players Natisha Hiedeman, Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis and Kaila Charles.
Mosqueda-Lewis opened her session by talking about her routine between games. In such a short season with quick turn-arounds between games, it's a matter of a lot of shooting and rehabbing little ailments.
Coach Miller gave insight into balancing winning games with keeping players fresh. That balance is going to be a major challenge all season.
Hiedeman said she felt good after the first game. She realizes she needs to improve things. Feeling her legs are pretty much back, she just needs to catch up on all the plays and the team personnel. I got a chuckle from her as I gave her a chance to plug her upcoming song release, which will happen on August 2 on all platforms.
Lastly, Kaila Charles discussed the biggest transition for her coming from college to the pro league. She cited the talent and physicality and made interesting points about the differences.
Unfortunately, the Sun lost to the Mystics Tuesday night 94-89. Standing at 0-2, they play again Thursday night against the Los Angeles Sparks who are 1-1.
Prior to the season opener, the Sun announced three initiatives for this season to raise funds for local non-profits, those “impacting marginalized residents, specifically women and children.” This is part of their “Change Can’t Wait” social reform platform.
Freethrows for Change is the first fundraiser. A $5 donation towards the overall effort through  the Connecticut Sun Foundation will be made for every free throw made by the Sun (during the regular season and postseason). That donation doubles to $10 in the 4th quarter.
The second program is an end of the season autographed game-worn jersey auction. Bids will be placed via the DASH app. Details, including deadlines, will be announced in the future.
Lastly, “Change Can’t Wait” t-shirts are being sold for $20, with net proceeds of $15 per shirt going to the fundraising effort. The shirts bear the Sun logo combined with the raised fist logo.
Go to for information on the “Change Can't Wait” platform. Go to for more info on the league. Check here and for recurring coverage.

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