After signing free-agent Katie Douglas to a two-year contract with an option for a third year, the Connecticut Sun continued to put together the pieces for what they hope will be a big rebound this season when they signed All-Star shooting guard Allison Hightower to a four-year deal on Wednesday.
A second-round draft choice out of LSU in 2010 (No. 15 overall), Hightower developed into a key contributor to the team last year when she set career-high marks in scoring (12.8 points per game), three-point field goals (24), overall field goals made (108) and shooting percentage (.424). She also had a career-high 23 points against San Antonio on July 14, and was chosen to represent the Eastern Conference in the 2013 WNBA All-Star Game held at the Mohegan Sun Arena.
“We know that Allison will continue to be an instrumental part of the Connecticut Sun in the future,” said Sun head coach Anne Donovan, who led the Sun to an 10-24 record—their worst since moving to Connecticut from Orlando in 2003—in her first season with the team. “This long-term contract signifies her value to our organization, and I couldn't be more pleased.”
In addition, the Sun re-signed former UConn star Kalana Greene to a one-year deal. Greene, a 5-10 guard noted primarily for her defense, had a career-high 126 rebounds last season Both Greene and Hightower were restricted free agents, meaning they could have signed with other teams, but the Sun had the right to match any offer.
Yesterday's signings represent another in a series made by the Sun within the past month. On Tuesday, the Sun signed Kelley Cain, a 6-6 center, to a training camp contract. Cain, who played college ball at Tennessee, is currently playing in Korea, and was the New York Liberty's first-round draft choice (seventh overall) in the 2012 draft.
Earlier in the month, the Sun traded Kara Lawson, their veteran point guard, to the Washington Mystics in a three-team deal, receiving guard Alex Bently, a 2013 WNBA All-Rookie selection, from the Atlanta Dream in exchange.
Reserve forward Mistie Bass, an unrestricted free agent, signed with the Phoenix Mercury last week.
UConn legend Tina Charles and forward Kelsey Griffin remain unrestricted free agents, while a trio of guards— Sydney Carter, Iziane Castro Marques and Tan White—are unrestricted free agents.
On Tuesday the Sun announced that they will be once again offering a “Pick-Six” ticket package this season. The “Pick Six” mini-plan, priced at $186 and $156, allows fans to customize their purchase by selecting any six games of their choosing. Anyone purchasing a “Pick-Six” plan will also get priority consideration for playoff tickets as well as a discount off the box office price. For more information, call 1.877.SUN.TIXX or visit http://bit.ly/1jD8Zzg.
The Sun begin will open their 12th season in Connecticut on May 16 when they entertain the New York Liberty at the Mohegan Sun Arena. Tip-off is at 7 p.m.