Shekinna Stricklen re-signs with Connecticut Sun


The Connecticut Sun announced Thursday that they have re-signed unrestricted free agent Shekinna Stricklen to a multi-year contract.

Stricklen enjoyed a career year with the Sun in 2017, connecting on 41% of her 232 three-point attempts. She started 29 games for the Sun and logged 27 minutes per game — both career highs.

“Shekinna not only provides us with one of the premier deep threat options in the league, but is also a fantastic teammate, adding to our overall culture in Connecticut,” said Sun head coach and general manager Curt Miller in Thursday’s release.

Stricklen was taken second overall in the 2012 WNBA Draft out of Tennessee by the Seattle Storm. Stricklen and Camille Little were acquired in a trade by the Sun in 2015 in exchange for Renee Montgomery and two 2015 draft picks (No. 3 and No. 15).

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The only remaining 2017 Sun starter not currently under contract with the team is Alyssa Thomas. The 2017 All-Star and All-Defense selection is a restricted free agent, meaning the Sun can match any offer she signs with another team to keep her with the club.

The Sun have a promising roster with players still on the rise. Jasmine Thomas enjoyed a career year in 2017 as well, earning an All-Star nod for the first time while having a career year from three-point range. Jonquel Jones enters just her third pro season in 2018, but is already seen as one of the premier young talents in basketball.

The Sun will also welcome back star forward Chiney Ogwumike, who missed the 2017 season after suffering a torn Achilles playing overseas. The Sun have a bit of a crowd in the frontcourt, but Stricklen’s shooting will go a long way to open up the floor for those talented bigs inside.