Release provided by the Connecticut Sun Media Relations Office
UNCASVILLE, CT-- The Connecticut Sun announced on Tuesday that a trade that will send guard Katie Douglas to the Indiana Fever in exchange for veteran forward Tamika Whitmore, the 12th pick in the 2008 WNBA Draft and the rights to former Duke guard Jessica Foley.
Originally selected with the 10th pick in the first round of the 2001 WNBA Draft by the Orlando Miracle, Douglas developed into a two-time All Star for the Sun, establishing franchise records for scoring average in each of the last two seasons. The Indianapolis native was the MVP of the 2006 WNBA All Star Game, and is in the top five of numerous team statistical categories.
“Since last season, and especially over the past few months, Katie made it clear that she wanted to play for her hometown team,” said Chris Sienko, Connecticut Sun general manger. “She asked us to trade her Ė only to Indiana Ė assuming we could make a fair trade. We feel that bringing in a proven go-to player in Tamika Whitmore, along with the No. 12 pick in the draft, that we made out quite well in the trade.
“You never want to give up a player such as Katie, but when you have the chance to toughen up your roster with a player such as Tamika and supplement the team with a high draft pick, it makes it much easier,” Sienko said.
The 6-2 Whitmore is a veteran forward who earned WNBA All Star honors for the first time in her nine-year career during the 2007 season, averaging 11 points and five rebounds for the Fever. Picked in the third round (30th overall) of the 1999 WNBA Draft by the New York Liberty, Whitmore has amassed 2,829 points and 1,145 rebounds during her career, and she is 20th overall in made field goals (1,073). During the last two seasons with Indiana, Whitmore scored 20 or more points in 12 games, compared to 10 times in the 224 games she played prior to joining the Fever.
“Obviously, we made this trade with mixed emotions,” Sun head coach Mike Thibault said. “Katie meant a lot to our success since we’ve been here and watching her improve and grow as a player it has been wonderful to watch. However, it’s hard to go forward with players whose heart and loyalty is divided.
“This trade gives us the opportunity to restructure and strengthen our front line, something that was a major goal this offseason. Tamika will be a major addition to our team and the way that we play in the future as will the draft pick,” Thibault said.
Whitmore has also participated in 40 playoff games, tied for second most in league history, and has played in the WNBA Finals three times. She set a WNBA playoff record with 41 points against Detroit during the 2006 playoffs, and she averaged 20 points and eight rebounds during last year’s three-game Eastern Conference Semifinal playoff series between the Fever and Sun.
Foley is a 6-0 guard from Australia who played four seasons at Duke, where she set a single-season team record with 68 made three-pointers as a junior. Indiana selected Foley in the third round of the 2006 WNBA Draft with the 38th overall pick.
So far this season, Foley has led her Adelaide squad in the WNBL to a 21-3 record, which is first place. She is averaging 14.2 points, 3.2 rebounds and 3.1 assists, while hitting 47.2 percent from three-point land. Her 327 points this season currently ranks 13th in the WNBL in Australia.
The Connecticut Sun will open its sixth season of play on May 17th by hosting the Atlanta Dream in Mohegan Sun Arena. Season tickets and mini-plans are on sale now and can be reserved by calling a Sun Ticket Representative at 1.877.SUN.TIXX (786-8499).