Orlando Miracle

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This article is about the now defunct Orlando basketball team. For the current incarnation of the team, see Connecticut Sun.
Orlando Miracle
Orlando Miracle logo
Conference Eastern
Founded 1999
Folded 2002
Moved to CT
History Orlando Miracle
(1999–2002)
Connecticut Sun
(2003–present)
Arena TD Waterhouse Centre
City Orlando, Florida
Team colors Blue, White, Silver, Gray
                   
Championships None
Conference titles None
Mascot Star the Pegasus
Official website
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Home jersey
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Team colours
Home
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Away jersey
Team colours
Team colours
Away

The Orlando Miracle was a Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) team based in Orlando, Florida. They began play in the 1999 WNBA season. The Miracle relocated, in 2003, to Uncasville, Connecticut where the team became the Connecticut Sun. The Miracle was a sister team to the NBA's Orlando Magic.

Franchise History[edit]

The city of Orlando was granted an expansion franchise in 1999, and the Orlando Miracle took the floor for the 1999 season.

The Miracle posted respectable records in their four years of existence (1999–2002). The Miracle made the playoffs once, in 2000, and lost in the first round against the Cleveland Rockers. In 2001, the Miracle took a step backwards, but they hosted a very successful 2001 WNBA All-Star Game. In 2002, the Miracle posted a 16-16 (.500) record, tying for the final playoff spot with the Indiana Fever. But, the Miracle had lost the tie-breaker, so they barely missed the playoffs. Little did anyone know that the 2002 season would prove to be the Miracle's last in Orlando.

Miracle alternative logo.

Relocation to Connecticut[edit]

After the 2002 WNBA season, the NBA sold off all of the WNBA franchises to the operators of the teams. Magic owner Rich DeVos was not interested in keeping the Miracle, and no local ownership group emerged. In January 2003, the Connecticut-based Mohegan Native American Tribe bought the team.

The new owners moved the team to Uncasville, Connecticut and changed the nickname to the Sun (in reference to the tribe's Mohegan Sun casino.) The Connecticut Sun's new nickname and logo were reminiscent of another Florida-based WNBA franchise, the Miami Sol, which folded at the same time as the Miracle.

Uniforms[edit]

  • 1999–2002: For home games, white with blue on the sides and shoulders and white Miracle logo text on the chest. For away games, blue with white on the sides and white Miracle logo text on the chest. The Miracle logo is on the shorts.

Season-by-season records[edit]

Players[edit]

Final Roster[edit]

Orlando Miracle roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Height Weight From
F 50 United States Cunningham, Davalyn 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 187 lb (85 kg) Rutgers
C 28 Brazil dos Santos, Cintia 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 187 lb (85 kg) Brazil
G/F 32 United States Douglas, Katie 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 165 lb (75 kg) Purdue
F/C 7 United States Hicks, Jessie 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 188 lb (85 kg) Maryland
G 31 United States Johnson, Adrienne 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) 154 lb (70 kg) Ohio State
G 14 United States Johnson, Shannon 5 ft 7 in (1.7 m) 152 lb (69 kg) South Carolina
C 00 Mozambique Machanguana, Clarisse 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Old Dominion
G/F 12 United States McCain, Tiffany 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) 167 lb (76 kg) Kentucky
F 10 United States McGhee, Carla 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 179 lb (81 kg) Tennessee
F/C 11 United States McWilliams, Taj (C) 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 184 lb (83 kg) St. Edward's College
F 3 United States Palmer-Daniel, Wendy 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 165 lb (75 kg) Virginia
G/F 42 United States Sales, Nykesha (C) 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Connecticut
F 21 United States Wyckoff, Brooke 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 183 lb (83 kg) Florida State
Head coach
Assistant coaches




Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (IN) Inactive
  • (S) Suspended
  • Injured Injured

Former Players[edit]

Coaches[edit]

Head Coaches[edit]

Orlando Miracle head coaches

Assistant Coaches[edit]

All-Time Notes[edit]

Draft Picks[edit]

Current WNBA players are in italics.

  • 1999 Expansion Draft: Andrea Congreaves (2), Kisha Ford (4), Yolanda Moore (6), Adrienne Johnson (8)
  • 1999 WNBA Draft: Tari Phillips (8), Sheri Sam (20), Taj McWilliams-Franklin (32), Carla McGhee (44), Elaine Powell (50)
  • 2000 WNBA Draft: Cintia dos Santos (4), Jannon Roland (20), Shawnetta Stewart (36), Romona Hanzova (52)
  • 2001 WNBA Draft: Katie Douglas (10), Brooke Wyckoff (26), Jaclyn Johnson (42), Anne Thorius (58)
  • 2002 WNBA Draft: Davalyn Cunningham (23), Saundra Jackson (39), Tomeka Brown (55)

Trades[edit]

  • April 18, 2002: The Miracle acquire Clarisse Machanguana from the Charlotte Sting for the Miracle's first-round pick in the 2002 WNBA Draft.
  • July 8, 2002: The Miracle acquire Wendy Palmer from the Detroit Shock for Elaine Powell.

All-Stars[edit]

  • 1999: Taj McWilliams-Franklin, Shannon Johnson, Nykesha Sales
  • 2000: Taj McWilliams-Franklin, Shannon Johnson, Nykesha Sales
  • 2001: Taj McWilliams-Franklin, Nykesha Sales
  • 2002: Shannon Johnson, Nykesha Sales

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Regular Season Attendance[edit]

Regular Season All-Time Attendance

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 2008 Connecticut Sun Media Guide