2007 Connecticut Sun season

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2007 Connecticut Sun season
Head Coach Mike Thibault
Arena Mohegan Sun Arena
Attendance 7,970 per game
Results
Record 18–16
(.529)
Place 3rd (Eastern)
Playoff Finish Lost in Eastern Conference Semi-Finals
Team Leaders
Points Katie Douglas (17.0)
Rebounds Margo Dydek (6.5)
Assists Lindsay Whalen (5.0)
Connecticut Sun seasons
< 2006 2008 >

The 2007 WNBA season was their 9th season and their 5th in Connecticut. The Sun attempted to return to the postseason for the fifth consecutive season and were successful.

Offseason[edit]

Dispersal Draft[edit]

Based on the Sun's 2006 record, they would pick 13th (last) in the Charlotte Sting dispersal draft. The Sun waived their pick.

WNBA Draft[edit]

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Transactions[edit]

  • June 8: The Sun sign Evanthia Maltsi.
  • May 18: The Sun waive Laura Summerton.
  • May 13: The Sun waive Kiera Hardy.
  • May 11: The Sun waive Vanessa Gidden and Brooke Smith.
  • May 8: The Sun waive Adrienne Davie.
  • April 29: The Sun sign Brooke Smith.
  • April 25: The Sun waive Monique Martin.
  • March 5: The Sun re-sign Laura Summerton.
  • February 22: The Sun re-sign Jamie Carey.
  • February 21: The Sun trade Taj McWilliams-Franklin to the Los Angeles Sparks for the rights to Erika de Souza and the Sparks’ first pick (12th overall) in the 2007 draft.
  • February 21: The Sun sign free agent Kristen Rasmussen.
  • February 7: The Sun re-sign Katie Douglas and Le'Coe Willingham.

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Roster[edit]

Connecticut Sun roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Height Weight From
G 10 United States Carey, Jamie 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m) 135 lb (61 kg) Texas
G 23 United States Chambers, Cori 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) 155 lb (70 kg) Georgia
C 7 France Gruda, Sandrine (DP) 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) France
F/C 41 Brazil DeSouza, Erika 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Brazil
G/F 32 United States Douglas, Katie (C) 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 165 lb (75 kg) Purdue
C 12 Poland Dydek, Margo 7 ft 2 in (2.18 m) 223 lb (101 kg) Poland
G/F 21 United States Hairston, Kamesha 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 146 lb (66 kg) Temple
F 15 United States Jones, Asjha 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 196 lb (89 kg) Connecticut
G/F 24 United States Mahoney, Megan 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 160 lb (73 kg) Kansas State
G/F 9 Greece Maltsi, Evanthia 5 ft 11 in (1.8 m) 165 lb (75 kg) Greece
G 31 Australia Phillips, Erin Injured 5 ft 7 in (1.7 m) 162 lb (73 kg) Australia
F 52 United States Rasmussen, Kristen 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 172 lb (78 kg) Michigan
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
Head coach
Assistant coaches
Athletic trainer
Strength and conditioning coach

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

Season standings[edit]

Eastern Conference W L PCT GB Home Road Conf.
Detroit Shock x 24 10 .706 12–5 12–5 14–6
Indiana Fever x 21 13 .618 3.0 12–5 9–8 12–8
Connecticut Sun x 18 16 .529 6.0 8–9 10–7 10–10
New York Liberty x 16 18 .471 8.0 10–7 6–11 10–10
Washington Mystics o 16 18 .471 8.0 8–9 8–9 8–12
Chicago Sky o 14 20 .412 10.0 6–11 8–9 6–14

Schedule[edit]

Preseason[edit]

2007 Game Log: Preseason

Regular season[edit]

2007 Game Log: Regular Season

Playoffs[edit]

In the first round of the Eastern Conference Playoffs, the Sun had to face the Indiana Fever. Since the Fever had the better record, the series would be played with game 1 at Connecticut, game 2 at Indiana, and game 3 (if needed) at Indiana. The Sun won the first game at home in triple-overtime, but the Fever went on to win games two and three and take the series.

  • For the fifth consecutive season, the Sun qualify for the Eastern Conference Playoffs.
  • For the first time in franchise history, the Sun lose in the first round of the playoffs and do not advance to the Eastern Conference Finals.
2007 Game Log: Postseason

Depth[edit]

Pos. Starter Bench Inactive
C Margo Dydek Erika DeSouza Sandrine Gruda
PF Asjha Jones Kristen Rasmussen -- Le'Coe Willingham
SF Nykesha Sales Evanthia Maltsi -- Megan Mahoney
SG Katie Douglas Kamesha Hairston Cori Chambers
PG Lindsay Whalen Jamie Carey Erin Phillips

Player stats[edit]

Awards and honors[edit]

  • Katie Douglas and Asjha Jones were named reserves for the 2007 Eastern Conference All-Star Team.
  • Katie Douglas was named to the WNBA All-Defensive First Team for the third consecutive year.
  • Margo Dydek was named to the WNBA All-Defensive Second Team for the second consecutive year.
  • Katie Douglas was named to the All-WNBA Second Team.
  • Asjha Jones was named WNBA Eastern Conference Player of the Week for the week of June 4, 2007.
  • Lindsay Whalen was named WNBA Eastern Conference Player of the Week for the week of July 23, 2007.
  • Katie Douglas was named WNBA Eastern Conference Player of the Week for the week of July 30, 2007.

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