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Thursday, May 13, 2010

Thibault gets an extension

Mike Thibault, the only coach in the history of the Connecticut Sun, signed a two-year extension through the 2012 season with an option for a third year.

Thibault was hired by the Sun when the Orlando Miracle franchise was relocated to play its games at Mohegan Sun Arena. The third-fastest WNBA coach to 100 wins, Thibault's .601 winning percentage is the most among active WNBA coaches. A two-time WNBA coach of the year, Thibault led the Sun to the WNBA finals in 2004 and 2005. Last season was the only time he failed to guide Connecticut into the playoffs.

"I have enjoyed every part of being here, every part of this job,” Thibault said in a statement. “I look forward to going to work every day. I like my team and I like the direction we are headed. There's a lot that goes in to building a winning organization, and I think we've done a lot of great things to give us a bright future. I’m looking forward to being the coach of this group."

The Sun open the 2010 season with a home game against Chicago on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. at Mohegan Sun Arena.

Now for some addition WNBA news, Thibault said on a live chat he did with The Day of New London newspaper that the team is cutting undrafted rookie free agents May Kotsopoulos and Judie Lomax although there's a chance one of them can be brought back on a temporary basis as long as the Sun can manage it while being in compliance with the league's salary cap.

Former UConn wing Ashley Battle was cut by the Indiana Fever. Battle was made expendable after a couple of solid seasons in New York when the Liberty drafted ex-Huksy Kalana Greene and was picked up by Indiana. Maybe it's just me, but a player like Battle would seem to thrive in an uptempo system like the one new coach Nolan Richardson is running in Tulsa. However, I don't claim to be up to speed on Tulsa's salary-cap situation.

Speaking of Greene, there were some technical difficulties but videos of a post-game interview and her taking part in a question and answer session with youngsters after Tuesday's exhibition game are up on the Register's site.

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