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Sun ship rookie Kristine Anigwe to Dallas for veteran Theresa Plaisance

The Sun traded rookie Kristine Anigwe to Dallas on Tuesday for six-year veteran Theresa Plaisance.

The Connecticut Sun traded potential for experience on Tuesday. And the Sun showed that they are making a run for their first WNBA championship now.

Connecticut traded their top pick from this year’s WNBA draft, Kristine Anigwe, to Dallas for 27-year-old veteran Theresa Plaisance.

Angiwe had a tough time breaking into the playing rotation this summer for the Sun, who lead the WNBA with a 16-6 record. Selected No. 9 by the Sun, Anigwe played in 17 of 24 games, averaging 2.0 points and 1.8 rebounds a game. The 6-foot-4 forward from California played in just five of the first seven games of the season.

A 6-foot-5 forward/center, Plaisance has played in 134 games over six WNBA seasons. This season, she has started 12 games for the Wings, averaging 6.0 points per game and 4.4 rebounds. Plaisance has made 23 three-point field goals in 2019, trailing just 6-6 Jonquel Jones among centers in that category.

Angiwe played just 13 minutes in the past three games and didn’t take a shot from the field. She hasn’t connected on a three-point shot this season.

“We are excited about the acquisition of Theresa Plaisance,” Sun head coach and general manager Curt Miller said. “Theresa is a talented, versatile offensive player and is considered one of the best stretch post players in the league. She is someone who we have targeted for a few seasons and we are excited to have her with us. Theresa gives us an experienced, young veteran presence who has a tremendous reputation across the league as a fantastic teammate and unifier in the locker room.”

Plaisance, who is one of just four starting centers in the WNBA to have a positive assist-to-turnover ratio this season at 1.13, has started 59 percent of the games she has played in since the start of the 2017 season. In just 22 games this season, Plaisance has already dished out 34 assists, eclipsing her single-season career-best of 31, set in 2017.

Connecticut returns to action on Friday night when they travel to Minnesota to take on the Lynx at 8 p.m. on NESN Plus.

Gerry deSimas, Jr., is the editor and founder of The Collinsville Press. He is an award-winning writer and has been covering sports in Connecticut and New England for more than 30 years. He was inducted into the New England High School Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2018.

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