Absurd travel complications couldn’t stop the Sun from advancing to the WNBA semifinals

The Connecticut Sun battled more than just the Dallas Wings en route to the WNBA semifinals: They battled extensive flight complications.

On the surface, it doesn’t seem too surprising that the Connecticut Sun defeated the Dallas Wings in Game 3 and advanced to the WNBA Semifinals.

Although Dallas won Game 2 89-79, the sun shone in Game 1 with a 93-68 win. In Game 3, everyone was on the line, and Connecticut came out with a 73-58 win from limited sleep, endless stress, and zero practice.

Hartford Courant reporter Lila Bromberg shared a statement from Sun head coach Curt Miller that detailed everything the Sun had to go through to even get to the game.

“We didn’t have practice time,” Miller said Wednesday morning, hours before the playoff game. Miller pointed out that while the WNBA made efforts to get Sun players and staff chartered flights to Dallas, the weight restrictions on the flight made them unable to travel together.

Miller and the team arrived after midnight Monday, and the rest of the tour party arrived Tuesday after dealing with more flight delays and cancellations. All the equipment arrived at dinner on Tuesday night and the team was finally able to shoot on the field on Wednesday morning.

Connecticut Sun overcomes unfair odds to reach WNBA semifinals

Now the Sun are entering the WNBA semifinals against Chicago Sky, who were the incredible underdogs who won it all in 2021. The Sun are still a top team, and the first round of the playoffs ensured that the most dominant teams of the regular season would move further towards a championship. The runners-up and first seedlings from the Eastern and Western Conferences all made it to the semifinals: Chicago, Connecticut, Seattle, and Las Vegas.

Perhaps after three gloomy days off court, the Sun could find a way to win, but it won’t be that easy as they face the skies on Sunday. Coach Miller assured fans the Sun has what it takes to move forward.

“Our team is incredibly confident in what they do and who they are,” Miller said, according to ESPN MA Voepel. “We have been in the semi-finals for four years in a row. This group wants to go one step further and there isn’t one person who will pick us to beat Chicago. So we continue with the underdog mentality and do our best.”

But the sun didn’t have to go through so many difficulties to get here. Canceled flights were a common problem throughout the WNBA season, with the Los Angeles Sparks star Nneka Ogwumike publicly sharing a week in which flight cancellations impacted their on-pitch performance.

have flight problems been a problem in the W, past seasons and in the the momentary. Both Breanna Stewart and Natasha Cloud were traveling with COVID-19 which they contracted on commercial flights.

Unfortunately, this is another problem that WNBA players uniquely face.

https://fansided.com/2022/08/26/wnba-travel-complications-sun-semifinals/ Absurd travel complications couldn’t stop the Sun from advancing to the WNBA semifinals

John Verrall

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