After wanting to interview Natisha Hiedeman for a long time, I have now interviewed her twice in a couple weeks.
When I last interviewed the WNBA Connecticut Sun's Natisha Hiedeman, the team was 0-3,. Hiedeman averaged 5 points, 2.3 rebounds, and .6 assists in 17 minutes per game. Recently arrived at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, Hiedeman was still trying to find her legs, as she recovered from a late start caused by a positive Covid-19 test, although she was asymptomatic.
Things have improved for Hiedeman and the Sun since then. In the next seven games, the Sun went 4-3, while Hiedeman saw her minutes increase to 18.5 per game and starting three of those games. Her season averages are now 6 points, 2 rebounds, 2.3 assists, and .7 steals per game. She also recently released Rocket, her latest song available on all platforms.
Yesterday morning, I caught up with Hiedeman after a Sun practice. Hiedeman talked about her physical state, her recent song release and another song coming soon, playing with DeWanna Bonner and more. The highlight was probably Hiedeman talking about the Sun's day at the beach.
Being isolated in “the Wubble” can get monotonous. In an effort to break the routine and give the team some fun bonding time away from basketball, the Sun ventured to a nearby beach. Although the beach remained unnamed, it was a private beach and all safety precautions were taken.
Hiedeman became animated as she talked about her time at the beach, including being chased by some sea creature. Utilizing her speed, Hiedeman was able to escape any potential issues. She ran the sea like she runs the court, deftly avoiding and outmaneuvering opponents. Whether they are other WNBA teams or critters in the water, Hiedeman stays one step ahead.
The Sun next play Friday night against the Chicago Sky. The Sun trail the 1st place Sky by three games in the Eastern Conference. With the season nearing the halfway point, the Sun need to start making their move and Hiedeman looks to play a big role in their drive to the playoffs.