Friday, July 31, 2020

On the Beat With Connecticut Sun 07/30/20

At 0-3, the Connecticut Sun are having a rough start to the season. The team is staying positive though as it continues to gel and find the right combination to win. Their next game is Saturday against the Minnesota Lynx, who are 2-1.
Prior to yesterday's game against the Los Angeles Sparks, Jasmine Thomas and Jacki Gemelos took part in a media session. Thomas talked about adjusting to the quick turn-around, while Gemelos discussed the differences between playing in Europe and the WNBA.
Then the session talk turned to food, as I asked Gemelos about her favorite Greek dish. It was a lot of fun hearing her answers and also her non-Greek favorite of Portillo's. I sent the video link to Portillo's and suggested they send Gemelos some food. We'll see if anything comes of it and I will report it here if it does.
Thomas starred at Duke and was selected by the Seattle Storm in the first round of the 2011 WNBA draft. Prior to her rookie season, she was traded to the Washington Mystics on a three team deal. She played with the Mystics for two seasons, before being traded to the Atlanta Dream. She played with the Dream for two seasons, before being trade to the Connecticut Sun.
In her WNBA career, she has played 334 games, averaging 9.5 points, 3.6 assists, 1.1 steals and 2.9 rebounds per game.He was named to the WNBA All-Defensive First team three times.
Gemelos played college ball at USC, before the Lynx selected her in the third round of the 2012 WNBA draft, but did not make the team. She played overseas, but resurfaced in the WNBA with the Chicago Sky in 2015. Gemelos played 17 games for the Sky and went back overseas to play 2016-2019. She signed with the Sun for the 2020 season.
The fact that Gemelos has made it back to the WNBA or even that she is still playing anywhere is testament to her determination and talent. She has endured five ACL tears and eight knee surgeries, dating back to her high school years. Her story is truly inspirational.
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