The Connecticut Sun have announced their 2013 schedule. The Sun, who will be playing for new head coach Anne Donovan this season will tip off the season on May 25, when they play host to the New York Liberty at the Mohegan Sun Arena at 7 p.m. Mike Thibault, the only coach the Sun knew for their first 10 seasons in Connecticut is now head coach and GM for the Washington Mystics, who will visit the Mohegan Sun Arena for the first time on Fri., June 7 at 7 p.m.
The Sun will be home for six of their first 10 games, but will be tested early on the road, visiting Maya Moore and the Western Conference champion Minnesota Lynx on June 1, and defending WNBA champion Indiana Fever, Connecticut’s Eastern Conference archrivals led by former Sun star Katie Douglas, on June 12. The Indiana game will be televised nationally on ESPN2. Tipoff is slated for 8 p.m.
The Sun’s only other ESPN2 appearance will be on Tues., July 2, when they host the Tulsa Shock at 8 p.m.
“We’re excited to begin and end our 11th season at Mohegan Sun Arena,” said Sun Vice President and GM Chris Sienko. “We expect to have another great team this season.”
The Sun will be anchored in the middle by 2012 WNBA Most Valuable Player Tina Charles. Former UConn stars Renee Montgomery, Asjha Jones and Kalana Greene will also be back along with veteran point guard Kara Lawson as the Sun pursue their ninth trip to the WNBA playoffs.
Connecticut has been given a fan-friendly schedule, with 12 of the Sun’s 17 regular-season home games scheduled for Friday, Saturday or Sunday. “We are looking forward to the kind of large and enthusiastic crowds that have made Connecticut the toughest place in the league for visiting teams,” adds Sienko.
Season highlights schedule include home games against Sue Bird and the Seattle Storm (Sun., June 16, at 5 p.m.), Diana Taurasi and the Phoenix Mercury (Sat., June 29, at 7 p.m.), and Candace Parker and the Los Angeles Sparks (Tue., Aug. 6, at 7 p.m.). Maya Moore, Lindsay Whalen and the Lynx will visit the Mohegan Sun Arena on Thurs., August 22, at 7 p.m.
In addition, the Sun will host the WNBA All-Star Game for the third time at Mohegan Sun Arena on Sat., July 27.
Connecticut will play three back-to-backs this year, and it has five games each against Indiana and the Atlanta Dream, visiting both Eastern Conference contenders three times. The Sun close out the regular season with five straight Eastern Conference games, concluding with a game at home vs. Indiana on Sun., Sep. 15 at 5 p.m.
Sun season ticket plans for the 2013 season are currently on sale and can be reserved by calling a Sun Ticket Sales Representative at 1.877.SUN.TIXX. To purchase season tickets online, visit http://tinyurl.com/ctsunseason2013. Deposits are also now being accepted for mini plans.
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