Carleton beats out Hiedeman
Nine players return from Sun’s 2018 playoff team
There weren’t too many mysteries when it came to predicting what the Connecticut Sun’s roster for the start of the regular season would look like.
Nine players from last year’s playoff team predictably made the squad as did former Hillhouse star Bria Holmes, a former firstround pick of the Atlanta Dream. Kristine Anigwe, selected by the Sun with the ninth overall pick in last month’s WNBA Draft, was expected to make the team from the time that former No. 1 overall pick Chiney Ogwumike was traded to Los Angeles. That left one spot for Natisha Hiedeman and Bridget Carleton, who were taken with picks No. 18 and 21 in the 2019 draft.
Although the Sun gave up last year’s first rounder Lexie Brown to acquire Hiedeman, it was Carleton who survived the cut.
Carleton averaged 5.3 points and Hiedeman 5.0 in the three preseason games.
The 6-foot-1 Carleton is a Chatham Ontario native who helped Canada advance to the quarterfinals in the 2018 FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup. Carleton was a two-time unanimous All-Big 12 selection at Iowa State. She improved her scoring average in each of her four seasons and went from shooting 33.7 percent from the floor as a freshman to
46.8 as a senior when she averaged 21.7 points, 8.6 rebounds, 4.0 assists and
2.3 steals per game. There are eight players
25 or younger on Connecticut’s roster, while Carleton is the only player on the roster who wasn’t a firstround pick.
The Sun will return 75 percent of its scoring and
81 percent of its assists from a season ago with the return of Jasmine Thomas, Jonquel Jones, Courtney Williams, Alyssa Thomas, Shekinna Stricklen, Morgan Tuck, Rachel Banham, Layshia Clarendon and Brionna Jones.
Connecticut opens the season at home against Washington on Saturday at