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Connecticut Sun
Connecticut Sun logo
Conference Eastern
Leagues WNBA
Founded 1999; 22 years ago (1999)
History Orlando Miracle
Connecticut Sun
Arena Mohegan Sun Arena
Location Uncasville, Connecticut
Team colors Orange, blue, red, yellow
Main sponsor Frontier Communications
General manager Curt Miller
Head coach Curt Miller
Assistant(s) Brandi Poole
Chris Koclanes
Ownership Mohegan Sun
Championships 0
Conference titles 3 (2004, 2005, 2019)

The Connecticut Sun are an American professional basketball team based in Uncasville, Connecticut that competes in the Eastern Conference of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). Along with the Minnesota Lynx, the club was established in 1999 as part of the league's expansion from ten to twelve teams. The Miracle, the club's previous moniker, originated that year in Orlando, Florida, as the sister team to the NBA's Orlando Magic. Financial straits left the Miracle teetering on the brink of disbanding before the Mohegan Indian tribe purchased and relocated the team to Mohegan Sun, becoming the first Native American tribe to own a professional sports franchise. The derivative of the club's name comes from its affiliation with Mohegan Sun, while the team's logo is reflective of a modern interpretation of an ancient Mohegan symbol.

Capitalizing on the popularity of women's basketball in the state, as a result of the success of the UConn Huskies, the Sun also held the distinction of being the only WNBA franchise not to share its market with an NBA team from 2003 until the Seattle SuperSonics relocated, leaving the Storm as an independent team in Seattle.

The Sun has qualified for the WNBA Playoffs in eight of its fourteen years in Connecticut.

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