UNCASVILLE, Conn., February 1 — Guard Shekinna Stricklen has signed a multi-year deal with the WNBA’s Connecticut Sun, the team announced on Thursday.
“Because I was unrestricted, I could have looked at other options,” Stricklen said. “But I really love what we are building in Connecticut, and I wanted to continue to be a part of it. We have an incredible fan-base, the support of the Mohegan Tribe and a great group of players. The chemistry I have built with my teammates is amazing. I cannot wait to start the 2018 season.”
In her third season with Connecticut and her sixth in the WNBA, Stricklen started 33 games in 2017, leading team with a career-high 71 three-pointers. She tied a franchise record with seven made threes at Seattle on July 12, and had at least three made three-pointers in 12 games.
“We are excited to have signed Shekinna to a multi-year deal,” said Curt Miller, Connecticut’s general manager and head coach. “Shekinna is coming off a career year and is one of only four players in the league to make over seventy three-point field goals during the 2017 season. 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.”
Stricklen, a 6-foot-2 guard, scored in double figures 14 times last season, leading the team in scoring twice. She averaged 8.6 points per game. She had a season-high 20 points against Washington on May 31 and scored 19 and pulled down six rebounds against Atlanta on June 10.
She helped the Sun go 21-13, finish second in the Eastern Conference behind New York and earn a home game in the WNBA playoffs. The Sun fell to the Phoenix Mercury, 88-83, at the Mohegan Sun Arena in their first playoff appearance since 2012.
Stricklen was originally selected out of Tennessee with the No. 2 pick in the 2012 WNBA Draft by the Seattle Storm. After three seasons, Connecticut acquired Stricklen from Seattle in a trade on January 28, 2015.
Per team policy, terms of the deal were not released.