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Monday, June 10, 2013

Connecticut Sun signs Castro Marques

The Connecticut Sun is banking on WNBA veteran Izi Castro Marques to provide the outside shooting while Renee Montgomery (high ankle sprain) and Tan White (broken finger) are sidelined.

The Sun announced that it has signed Castro Marques and waived Natasha Lacy as well as signing former Texas A&M star Sydney Carter as a replacement player.

Castro Marques, a 6-foot native of Brazil, has played 10 seasons with five WNBA teams. Her best years came with Atlanta when she averaged 14.4 points during the 2009 season and a career-high 16.9 points with the Dream in 2010. She also played in Seattle for three seasons under Connecticut Sun head coach Anne Donovan.

“I’m excited about having Izi join our roster," Donovan said in a statement. "She brings a wealth of experience and scoring punch to our perimeter game. With the injuries to Renee (Montgomery) and Tan (White), it was important that we replace that lost experience. Having coached her in Seattle, I’m familiar with her all-around skill set at both ends of the floor and she will strengthen our guard play.”

Castro Marques has scored 2,694 points in 278 career regular-season games while hitting 260 3-pointers over that span.

Lacy, who signed with the Sun as a free agent on February 21, played n three games for Connecticut this season. She averaged 2.3 points and five rebounds in those contests. She started in Friday's loss to Washington for Kara Lawson, who missed the game with a back issue. Lacy struggled offensively as she was 1 of 14 from the floor.

Carter, a 5-foot-6 guard, was selected in the third round of the 2012 WNBA Draft by the Chicago Sky. Carter was in training camp with Atlanta and averaged 5 points and 2.5 rebounds in two preseason games.

The Sun return to action Wednesday playing at Indiana. Lawson has a chance to return to the lineup but Montgomery and White will continue to be sidelined.

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