2004 Connecticut Sun season

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2004 Connecticut Sun season
CoachMike Thibault
ArenaMohegan Sun Arena
Attendance6,707 per game
Record18–16 (.529)
Place1st (Eastern)
Playoff finishLost in WNBA Finals
Team Leaders
PointsNykesha Sales (15.2)
ReboundsTaj McW.-Franklin (7.2)
AssistsLindsay Whalen (4.8)

The 2004 WNBA season was their sixth season and their second in Connecticut. The Sun attempted to return to the postseason for the second consecutive season and were successful.


Dispersal Draft[edit]

Based on the Sun's 2003 record, they would pick 8th in the Cleveland Rockers dispersal draft. However, the Sun traded the pick to the Houston Comets.

WNBA Draft[edit]

Round Pick Player Nationality School/Team/Country
1 4 Lindsay Whalen  United States Minnesota
2 16 Jessica Brungo  United States Penn State
2 24 Ugo Oha  United States George Washington University
3 29 Candace Futrell  United States Duquesne



  • May 19: The Sun waived Courtney Colman.
  • May 18: The Sun waived Anna Zimerle, Ugo Oha, and Anastasia Kostaki.
  • May 12: The Sun waived Courtney Mix and Katie MacFarlane.
  • May 10: The Sun waived Brina Chaney and Brianne Stepherson.
  • May 4: The Sun waived Texlin Quinney, Jamila Wideman, and Isabel Stubbs.
  • April 26: The Sun signed Brina Chaney, Katie MacFarlane, Le'Coe Willingham, Jennifer Derevjanik, Courtney Mix, and Texlin Quinney.
  • April 20: The Sun waived Adrienne Johnson.
  • April 19: The Sun waived Jamila Wideman.
  • April 16: The Sun signed Isabel Stubbs.
  • April 9: The Sun signed Wendy Palmer-Daniel, Brianne Stepherson, Anna Zimerle, and Anastasia Kostaki.
  • March 25: The Sun acquired Asjha Jones from the Washington Mystics. The Washington Mystics acquired Tamicha Jackson from the Phoenix Mercury. The Phoenix Mercury acquired the 8th pick in the 2004 WNBA Draft from the Sun.
  • January 28: The Sun traded Shannon Johnson and their 21st and 34th picks in the 2004 WNBA Draft to the Silver Stars in exchange for San Antonio's 4th, 16th, 29th picks in the 2004 WNBA Draft.
  • January 5: The Sun traded the eighth pick in the 2004 WNBA Dispersal Draft to the Houston Comets in exchange for a second-round pick in the 2004 collegiate draft.



Connecticut Sun roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Height Weight DOB From
G 24 United States Black, Debbie 5 ft 3 in (1.60 m) 124 lb (56 kg) Saint Joseph's
F 22 United States Brungo, Jessica 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 165 lb (75 kg) Penn State
G 34 United States Derevjanik, Jennifer 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) 140 lb (64 kg) George Mason
G/F 32 United States Douglas, Katie 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 165 lb (75 kg) Purdue
G 12 United States Futrell, Candace 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) 154 lb (70 kg) Duquesne
F 15 United States Jones, Asjha 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 196 lb (89 kg) Connecticut
F/C 11 United States McWilliams-Franklin, 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
G 13 United States Whalen, Lindsay 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m) 150 lb (68 kg) Minnesota
F 43 United States Willingham, Le'Coe 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Auburn
F 21 United States Wyckoff, Brooke Injured 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 183 lb (83 kg) Florida State
Head coach
Assistant coaches
Athletic trainer
  • United States Jen Brodeur
Strength and conditioning coach

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

Season standings[edit]

Eastern Conference W L PCT GB Home Road Conf.
Connecticut Sun x 18 16 .529 10–7 8–9 14–6
New York Liberty x 18 16 .529 11–6 7–10 10–10
Detroit Shock x 17 17 .500 1.0 8–9 9–8 11–9
Washington Mystics x 17 17 .500 1.0 11–6 6–11 9–11
Charlotte Sting o 16 18 .471 2.0 10–7 6–11 8–12
Indiana Fever o 15 19 .441 3.0 10–7 5–12 8–12



2004 Game Log: Preseason

Regular season[edit]

2004 Game Log: Regular Season


In the first round of the Eastern Conference Playoffs, the Sun had to face the Washington Mystics. Since the Sun had the better record, the series would be played with game 1 at Washington, game 2 at Connecticut, and game 3 (if needed) at Connecticut. The Sun lost the first game, but won the next two to advance to the next round. In the second round of the Eastern Conference Playoffs, the Sun had to face the New York Liberty. The Sun and the Liberty had identical records and each team had won two of the four meetings against each other in the regular season. The Sun attained home-court advantage however, because they beat the Liberty by more than the Liberty beat them. The series would be played with game 1 at New York and games 2 and 3 (if needed) at Connecticut. The Sun swept the Liberty and game 3 was not needed. The Sun advanced to the WNBA Finals. The team would be facing off against the Seattle Storm. The Storm had the better record so the series would be played with game 1 at Connecticut, and games 2 and 3 (if needed) at Seattle. This was the last year the league played the finals in a best-of-three setup. The Storm beat the Sun 2 games to 1 to win the WNBA Finals.

2004 Game Log: Postseason


Pos. Starting 5 Bench 1 Bench 2 Inactive
C Taj McWilliams-Franklin Le'Coe Willingham Brooke Wyckoff
PF Wendy Palmer-Daniel Asjha Jones Le'Coe Willingham
SF Nykesha Sales Jessica Brungo Candace Futrell
SG Katie Douglas Jennifer Derevjanik
PG Lindsay Whalen Debbie Black

Player stats[edit]

Awards and honors[edit]

  • Taj McWilliams-Franklin, Nykesha Sales, and Lindsay Whalen were named to the WNBA All-Star team.
  • Nykesha Sales was named to the All-WNBA Second Team.
  • Wendy Palmer-Daniel was named the Most Improved Player.
  • Nykesha Sales was given the Off Season Community Assist Award.
  • Nykesha Sales was named the WNBA Player of the Week for the week of June 27, 2004.


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